Secrets From Successful Voice-Overs

November 2nd, 2016 (11 Comments)

Last week, I shared the story of Rick, a voice actor and producer with over 30 years of experience. In spite of his talent and time in the business, Rick isn’t doing so well. What’s even worse: he has pretty much given up hope that things will change for the better. His story struck a chord. […]

Voice-Overs: the Untold, Unsexy Story

October 26th, 2016 (20 Comments)

Something strange is going on. Whenever I try to warn people about the intricacies and pitfalls of the voice-over business, I get two types of reactions. More experienced colleagues thank me for painting a realistic picture of a complicated industry. Beginners criticize me for spitefully dashing their dreams. To some, I am a hero for speaking my mind. […]

Lessons From Bridezilla and Buffet

October 19th, 2016 (3 Comments)

At the bank I once worked for as a trainer, they had a saying: “If it’s about money, it’s never funny.” Ain’t that the truth! To that I added my own adage: “Show me your bank account, and I’ll tell you how you lead your life.” Bankers and accountants probably know more about you than your […]

Why Navel-Gazing Is Bad For Business

October 5th, 2016 (9 Comments)

I love being part of my sweet, supportive, and unpretentious voice-over community. It’s one of the many perks of the job. When one of us lands the gig of a lifetime, all of us rejoice. When one of us is down in the dumps, many of us reach out. When one of us spots a scammer, […]

What Were They Thinking?

September 28th, 2016 (21 Comments)

No matter how much you love your job as a voice-over, there are always aspects of your work you don’t care for, or would rather have someone else do. I, for instance, am not a numbers man, and I’m glad my office manager is keeping the books for my business. Very few colleagues I talk to, […]

A Shock Mount for the 21st Century

September 21st, 2016 (12 Comments)

Lyre, lyre, your mic’s on fire! Is it just me, or are microphones getting more and more exotic? We have Snowballs, Yetis, Voodoos, Fat Heads, microphones with holes, pear-shaped mics, flat ones, round ones… To accommodate all these weird shapes, sizes and different weights, each microphone now seems to come with its own, custom-designed shock mount. What amazes me is this. The most […]

Forget Regret!

September 14th, 2016 (15 Comments)

“Non, je ne regrette rien,” Edith Piaf famously sang. “No, there’s nothing I regret.” If there ever were a top ten of useless, disempowering emotions, regret would be at the top of my list. What’s the last thing you’ve regretted, lately? Not jumping at an opportunity? Not buying a piece of equipment while it was on […]

Stop Bashing!

September 8th, 2016 (32 Comments)

The history of the world is littered with intelligent people doing stupid things.  Some of those people have interesting excuses: “I continue to suck on this carcinogenic stick, even though it could kill me. It’s just so relaxing.” “I won’t stop sexting, even if it ruins my marriage and my political career. I can’t live without […]

The Devil Is In The Delivery

August 24th, 2016 (19 Comments)

There’s no doubt about it. The repugnant R-word is one of the most dreaded words in the business, if not in life. We all have a deep desire to be accepted, to belong, to be loved, and to be recognized. Many people aim to please, hoping for a warm reception, only to receive a cold […]

The Big Secret To Audio Book Success

August 17th, 2016 (29 Comments)

Heroes and role models. We all have people we admire because they inspire. One of my heroes happens to be a dancer, singer-songwriter, comedian, stage and screen actor, as well as a first-rate audio book narrator. Like me, he is a naturalized U.S. citizen. One of the songs he wrote the lyrics to, was nominated […]