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Are You My Colleague or My Competitor?

February 21st, 2018 (6 Comments)

It’s February 2018, and the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang are in full swing.  Since the start of these games I have been glued to the television.  For me, that’s a strange thing to do, and I’ll tell you why. I’m not a huge sports fan. I don’t support one particular team. Between you and me, […]

Karma’s a Bitch

February 14th, 2018 (14 Comments)

On February 8th, CNN broke the news that renowned voice actor and coach Peter Rofé had sexually harassed at least thirty of his female students. Since then, thirteen other women have come forward with similar experiences. According to CNN, Rofé’s lawyer has denied wrongdoing on behalf of his client. As a man, a voice actor, […]

Entitled Wannabees Need Not Reply

February 7th, 2018 (38 Comments)

Okay, this is for the last freakin’ time, so pay attention. No. I will not introduce you to my agents. I refuse to evaluate your kitchen table demo, and critique your dime-a-dozen website. You don’t get access to my network of contacts which took me years to build. You cannot pick my brain over a […]

See Me in 3-D at VO Atlanta!

January 31st, 2018 (14 Comments)

At age seventeen, I started making youth radio programs in the Netherlands. Part of the fun was the inevitable trip to the cafeteria, where I could mix and mingle with the famous faces and voices of Dutch broadcasting. It was like seeing all the celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum come alive.  The guy who […]

Surviving the Gig Economy

January 24th, 2018 (9 Comments)

In about ten years, contract workers and freelancers are expected to make up half of the U.S. workforce. Let that sink in for a moment. Forget full-time positions. Goodbye job security and legal protection. No more benefits. No pensions or health insurance. No sick leave. Nothing. Working without a safety net is rapidly becoming the […]

Act Like A Pro

January 18th, 2018 (No Comments)

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The Magnet, the Colander, and the Clay

January 10th, 2018 (15 Comments)

As a blogger, coach, and voice talent, I think a lot about why certain people make it in this business and why others don’t. Those who are doing well don’t always know why they belong to the happy few. “You’ve got to have a lot of luck,” they say, and “be at the right moment at […]

Bored Stiff

January 4th, 2018 (10 Comments)

I’ve been behind the mic since I was seventeen. By the look of my grey hair, you can tell that’s a pretty long time. Thirty-seven years to be exact.  “Does it ever get old” someone wanted to know. “This voice-over thing you do.” “Well, ‘it’ doesn’t get old, but I certainly do,” I replied, not […]

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 […]