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Did You Miss Me?

December 27th, 2017 (10 Comments)

Wise men say that one way to spot the difference between cultures, is by looking at how separate societies approach the concept of work. As someone who has lived and worked in both Europe and in the United States, I feel comfortable making the following generalization: In Europe, most people work to live. In the […]

Whatever Happened to Critical Thinking?

December 20th, 2017 (13 Comments)

Next week I’ll publish my annual year in review post, giving you an opportunity to catch up on the stories you’ve missed. For now I want to take a minute or two, to share some of my worries and concerns, as I mentally prepare myself for 2018. One of the things I worry about is the general […]

My Most Personal Post

December 13th, 2017 (54 Comments)

As a blogger, I often write about various aspects that play an important role in the way we lead our life, and the way we run our business. Think of things like our health, our state of mind, and the stuff we use to make a living. Today’s topic is something I approach with trepidation. For […]

The Turning Point

December 6th, 2017 (37 Comments)

Potentially, this could be my shortest blog post ever. It’s the story of how I got from doing okay, to doing quite alright, professionally speaking.  Almost every week I get emails from readers, asking me to reveal the big secret to my so-called success.  Why “so-called success”? Well, everything is perception, and perception is everything. We all […]

How Not To Impersonate A Saint

November 29th, 2017 (15 Comments)

Becoming a professional is very much like growing up. At some point we all have to lose our carefree, childlike naiveté. Old beliefs about the trustworthiness of people disappear. Ideas we’ve cherished for too long, vanish as quickly as melting snow. The tooth fairy is a lie, parents aren’t perfect, and reindeer don’t fly. In The […]

Paying The Piper

November 15th, 2017 (19 Comments)

“May you live in interesting times.” It’s a well-known Chinese curse, and for me, the past two weeks have been very interesting to say the least. I must indeed be cursed. It all started with my outrageous blog post Divided We Stand. In it, I talked about a few topics the voice-over community doesn’t quite […]

What The Heck Am I Doing Here?

November 8th, 2017 (19 Comments)

Is it okay if I’m a bit personal today? You’ve probably read my blog before, but if this is your first time, you should know that I’m an expat. I was born, raised, and educated in the Netherlands. After a career in broadcasting, I moved to the United States at the end of 1999. To […]

Divided We Stand

November 1st, 2017 (36 Comments)

Is the voice-over world one big love fest? If you go to pretty much any VO-conference, you may get that impression. There’s a lot of hugging and endearing cheering going on. People speak of “my voice-over family,” and will introduce you to their “Sister from another Mister.” It’s all hunky-dory on cloud nine. Why is […]

The Vital Voice-Over Skill We Never Talk About

October 25th, 2017 (10 Comments)

It’s no secret. Voice-overs love to talk. Sometimes, they even get paid for it. But there’s another skill that’s almost as important, yet we rarely speak about it. It’s listening. Do you hear me? Here’s the weird thing. Early in life, we learn how to walk, talk, and color inside the lines. But did anyone […]

You Too?

October 18th, 2017 (12 Comments)

The “aholification” of society, otherwise known as the increase in the number of a-holes in the world. That was what I was going to rant about this week. You know, the people who just don’t seem to care about anyone but themselves. The people without manners. The loudmouths. The whiners. The bullies. The bullshitters. I’m […]