What Clients Hate The Most

August 10th, 2016 (19 Comments)

Okay, this may sound like a pop quiz, but are you a go-with-the-flow person, or do you like to plan everything out? Do you like surprises, or do you prefer to know what will happen next? How well do you handle uncertainty, and last-minute changes? Personally, I think life would be unexciting without the unexpected. […]

How To Be Believable

August 3rd, 2016 (20 Comments)

Congruence. It’s one of those mysterious English words I had to learn as a native Dutch speaker. Little did I know that this word would come to play a pivotal part in my voice-over career. Congruence is not a word you hear very often. At least, I don’t. It’s sometimes used in mathematics or geometry. […]

The Worst Acting Advice Ever

July 27th, 2016 (24 Comments)

In my last blog post I talked about delivery. No, I wasn’t referring to your local pizza parlor. I was sinking my teeth into our performance as (voice) actors. If you’ve missed it, here’s the takeaway: Delivery is what separates the pro from the wannabe. You may have the most pleasant pipes in the world; […]

The Funniest Joke Of The Year

July 20th, 2016 (22 Comments)

I love jokes. Especially the ones that make me laugh. Seriously! Every year, the public at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival votes for the funniest joke of the year. Comedian Tim Vine was declared the 2014 winner with the one-liner: “I decided to sell my Hoover…. well, it was just collecting dust.” I don’t know about you, […]

Can You Control Your Career?

July 6th, 2016 (52 Comments)

“So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s the dreaded question that can make a child quiver. “What do you mean, be? Am I not good enough? Do I need to be something or someone else? Who says I want to grow up? Grown-ups are boring…” Some kids know exactly how […]

The Terrible Truth About The News

June 30th, 2016 (6 Comments)

It was one of the most cynical cartoons I’d ever seen. A colleague had just put it up on the wall of the newsroom at Radio Netherlands International where I was working at that time. The frenzy of fanatic reporters filing their stories disappeared into the background as I read the headline: “WHAT IS NEWS?” […]

Everything is perception. Perception is everything.

June 22nd, 2016 (13 Comments)

Some people believe that auditioning is nothing but a numbers game. Let me tell you a story. Two groups of kids were playing outside. Someone had written a big number 6 on the street, and a fight had broken out because of it. One group claimed that the number was actually a 9. The other […]

How To Hire The Right Voice Over

June 15th, 2016 (9 Comments)

Mike’s corporate video looked like a million bucks. The camerawork was first-rate. The captions were loud and clear. The whole package was a winner. As long as the sound remained muted. Why? Because the voice-over brought everything down. “Where did you find this guy?” I asked. “He sounds like he has no idea what he […]

If Only I had Known

June 8th, 2016 (17 Comments)

“Looking back, and knowing what you know now… what would you have done differently, and why?” This question (and many of its variations), is really popular among those interviewing the rich and famous. It’s meant to elicit golden nuggets of priceless information, acquired over a long and illustrious career. It’s an old trick, and it […]

How Not To Be Like Jeremy Clarkson

June 1st, 2016 (26 Comments)

Last Sunday, the BBC premiered the 23rd season of Top Gear with a new team of presenters. The program drew disappointing ratings in the UK and abroad. This had a lot to do with the absence of star presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who was forced to leave the show. More about that later. Because Clarkson was such […]