The Trouble With Giving Unwanted Advice

September 27th, 2017 (26 Comments)

We are a suspicious society. Whether we realize it or not, most of us are trained to distrust people’s intentions. Some fifteen years ago, my friend was driving me home at night. The United States was still new to me, and I had a lot of cultural adjusting to do. At one point during our […]

Voice-Over Newbies: You Have Been Warned!

September 20th, 2017 (24 Comments)

Today I’m going to jump right into the topic of this blog. No teasers.  No anecdotes. No mysterious introductions. Right now I want to take a few minutes to talk about the pitfalls of a voice-over career. Now matter how many times you’ve dreamed about becoming the next Tom Kenny or Nancy Cartwright, you should […]

Calling it Quits

September 13th, 2017 (21 Comments)

There. He said it. And I happen to agree with him. My agent Erik has a YouTube Channel every voice talent should watch and subscribe to. It’s called The Outspoken. Erik uses this channel to answer questions, and to expose all the BS that’s going on in the voice-over world. Let me tell you: he’s […]

The Key To Promoting Your Business

September 6th, 2017 (16 Comments)

If you’re like most colleagues I know, you love doing what you’re doing for a living… … but you hate selling yourself.  Am I right? I know I felt that way for a long, long time. My mom and dad brought me up to be modest, and to never put myself on a pedestal. And […]

Help, I’m on Instagram! Now what?

August 30th, 2017 (1 Comment)

Some have called it: “The next Facebook.” Since it’s owned by Facebook, that’s a bit of a stretch. No matter how you look at it, Instagram is the second most popular social media platform on the planet. Instagram has more monthly active users than Twitter. About 700 million people now use Instagram every month, with about […]

Should You Neutralize Your Accent?

August 23rd, 2017 (15 Comments)

“Voice-seekers are idiots.  Well… some of them,” said one of my colleagues, known for her strong opinions.  “Why is that?” I asked.  “Because they ask for the impossible, especially when it comes to accents.” Her argument went like this… Take your typical voice-over job listing: Project: Short Video Language: English Gender: Both Age: Middle Aged […]

It’s Time To Choose

August 16th, 2017 (8 Comments)

Back in the Netherlands (where I was born), the fathers of my two best friends both worked in the same chemical plant. I was eight or nine years old, so I wasn’t sure what the plant was producing. We did notice nasty clouds of yellow smoke coming from the chimney day and night. The stream […]

A Deal With The Devil

August 9th, 2017 (29 Comments)

Thanks a lot VoiceBank. You just made a deal with the devil. Yes, you desperately needed a facelift, and you needed more money to up your services. Your auditions had turned into cattle calls. But we trusted you. Our agents trusted you. And now you’ve betrayed us in the worst way by jumping into bed […]

Who’s Afraid Of Decent Rates?

August 2nd, 2017 (34 Comments)

Newsflash! The great rate debate is still going strong. I’ve been writing about the erosion of voice-over rates for years, and every day, clients and colleagues are arguing privately and publicly about the value of our voices. One thing is certain: that value keeps going down. Talk is getting cheaper and cheaper. What’s going on? […]

How Dangerous Is Your Voice-Over Studio?

July 26th, 2017 (35 Comments)

Voice-over people are really weird. Every day they spend a long time sitting in a small, soundproof room, staring at a screen, and talking to themselves. If they’re good at what they do, they pretend to communicate with an illusive but unresponsive listener.   Then they spend an eternity listening to themselves as they edit and sweeten the audio. […]