Why I Want You To Fail

May 24th, 2017 (6 Comments)

“Failure” is one of the dirtiest words in the dictionary. In a culture where the notion of “being successful” is forced upon us from an early age, failure is hardly an option. Winners never fail, and who doesn’t want to be a winner? Helicopter parents pressure their offspring to always be the best, and go […]

Feeding Your Soul

May 17th, 2017 (22 Comments)

A few weeks ago, I gave you my “formula” for being less busy, and more productive: People who run a successful business hire people who are smarter and more talented than they are, to take care of certain aspects of that business. These experts are able to do things better and quicker, leaving you with […]

Learning A Dying Language

May 10th, 2017 (4 Comments)

To say that voice-overs are spoiled by technology is an overstatement, but one thing is certain.  In less than ten years our business has transformed itself tremendously.  Quality recording equipment is as affordable as it has ever been. We audition for projects from all over the world from the comfort of a home studio.  We no […]

Being Wrong About Being Right

May 3rd, 2017 (15 Comments)

Go ahead. Do it! After today you may ask me everything about the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, and the early onset of puberty. I promise you one thing: it will make me cry like a baby. Normally, I don’t concern myself with gonadotripin-releasing hormones stimulating steroid secretion. But as a voice-over, people send me the strangest scripts […]

Are You Wasting Your Time Going Nowhere Fast?

April 26th, 2017 (9 Comments)

What’s frustration number one for a freelancer? Being busy without being productive.  It’s a trap I have fallen into many times. I was working all day long, without much to show for it. That is, until something finally dawned upon me: Busy people talk about how little time they have. Productive people make time for […]

Only Fools and Horses

April 19th, 2017 (5 Comments)

If… You believe that having a good voice is your ticket to success, You’ve never had any coaching or training, You don’t know what equipment to buy, You have no professional demos, You have no idea how to price your services, You think that low rates will attract quality clients, You don’t know how to run a […]

Are You Ready For World Voice Day?

April 12th, 2017 (27 Comments)

“Name one of the most beautiful musical instruments on the planet.” “What’s your favorite?” When I ask people these questions, they’ll usually say something like “cello,” “piano,” “harp,” or “flute.” Bagpipes, cowbells, and kazoos never seem to make it to the list, and I can understand that. But much to my surprise, people tend to […]

Competitions Are Not My Thing, And Yet They Are

April 5th, 2017 (14 Comments)

Competitions and Awards. If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you know I feel rather ambivalent about those things. When I expressed my opinion about the Voice Arts™ Awards a few years ago, people took it personally. In the aftermath of the article, I received some very nasty emails, and quite a few colleagues unfriended […]

Facebook: Why You May Be Doing It All Wrong

March 29th, 2017 (6 Comments)

In a hurry? Here’s a two-line summary of this blog post: Are you still using your Facebook Profile to promote your services? You need to stop that right now, and create a Facebook Page for your business. Got it? There are many reasons for doing that, and I’ll give you lots of carrots, but let’s […]

The Copyright Trolls Are Coming After You

March 22nd, 2017 (22 Comments)

Some years ago, digital marketing firm The Content Factory got an unpleasant surprise in the mail. A lawyer summoned them to pay $8,000 in penalties for alleged copyright infringement. Why? Well, one of their professional bloggers wrote a story about bargain hunting in Omaha, and used a photo of Nebraska. It wasn’t a great picture, […]