You’re NOT a Professional Voice Over if…

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You’re selling yourself short on Fiverr.

You don’t go to at least one VO conference a year.

You can’t fill in the blanc when asked: “Mel who?”

Your website isn’t made by Joe Davis and his team.

You haven’t watched at least five episodes of VOBS.

Your marketing doesn’t include a picture of you with a microphone.

You don’t suffer from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome).

You’ve never tasted Sweetwater candy.

You’re not afraid of Nancy Wolfsons critique.

You haven’t taken a selfie with J. Michael Collins.

You don’t own an unopened copy of James Alburger’s “The Art of Voice Acting.”

You think recording audio books is a piece of cake.

You’re not showing signs of a sedentary life.

You think you can win auditions by lowering your rate.

You’re tricked into believing that exposure is fair compensation.

You’re an extrovert who doesn’t want to go back to his booth.

You think a Snowball is professional grade gear.

Bob Bergen hasn’t told you to join the union.

You think that Roy’s not your uncle.

You’ve never heard of VoiceOverXtra.

You don’t belong to at least ten VO Facebook groups.

You think celebrity impersonations will make you rich and famous.

You’re convinced a few Pay to Play memberships are all you need to succeed.

You believe having an agent will solve all your problems.

Your life partner has never asked you to “stop doing silly voices.”

You haven’t heard Armin Hierstetter drop the F-bomb.

You believe Don LaFontaine is that man from the old GEICO commercial.

You’re not a WoVO member.

You don’t subscribe to the Nethervoice blog.

You have trouble understanding double negatives.

You don’t take everything I’ve listed with a grain of salt.


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Paul Strikwerda

is a Dutch-English voice-over pro, coach, and writer. His blog is one of the most widely read and influential blogs in the industry. Paul is also the author of "Making Money In Your PJs, Freelancing for voice-overs and other solopreneurs."

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6 Responses to You’re NOT a Professional Voice Over if…

  1. Briggan OBryan

    I was having a RUFF day, and this was SUCH a welcomed smile. Thank you so much


    Paul Strikwerda Reply:

    I hope the rest of your day is going to be terruffic, Briggan!


  2. Kat Negrón

    Too close to home on some of these! I think my favorite was about Armin. LOL Thanks for the laugh, Paul. 🙂


    Paul Strikwerda Reply:

    I glad I made you laugh, Kat. Armin is effing great!


  3. Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Ha, great list, Paul. While I am able to check off most of these boxes, I’m still trying to figure out why I’ve never received candy with my Sweetwater orders…a number of my friends have made reference to it, so it sounds like I’m missing out!


    Paul Strikwerda Reply:

    It’s nothing compared to plundering your kid’s Halloween stash, but it is a sweet touch. BTW WoVO members receive a Sweetwater discount.


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