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Guest Post by Jack Daniel, Voice Actor: As a practitioner of the art and business of voice acting, I am necessarily a student of the craft. Not a big surprise, I should think; I know vastly accomplished VO talents—men and women who I look up to and admire deeply—who never stop working to become ever better at their profession, and who regularly work with coaches and colleagues to stay at the top of their game. No doubt it’s partly this commitment to excellence that got them where they are, and that would raise them to the top no matter what path[...]

GUEST POST by John Kuehne, Voice Actor: Speaking with many voice actors recently, I've noticed a recurring theme.  Most still don’t understand the importance of having video as a part of their personal brand marketing. Granted, in the past, voice talent were able to get by with having their “audio only” demo as their primary marketing calling card. In today’s visual world, voiceover talent must take the opportunity to capture the additional impact of igniting the additional visual sense to convert their brand message into bookings. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone the impact that video has for a higher results on[...]

An Unconference "I laughed. I cried. It was better than Cats!" Charlotte, North Carolina, was the destination for a voiceover conference I've been longing to go to for years. Indeed, I laughed and cried and truly had one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve posted about several voiceover conferences in the past including VO Mastery and That's Voiceover and WoVOCon, each with their own benefits and highlights. Faffcon9 – touted as an “unconference” - lived up to its reputation and was less of a conference and more accurately, an experience. (The name “faffcon” was a name created based on the idea[...]

Voice Acting Coach

Guest Post by Marc Cashman, V-O Coach: Voiceover is Show Business Finding legitimate people in any business is tough--not just show business. There are a lot of people out there who claim expertise in their field. And, only afterward, do we determine that they weren't as good as their promotion. Well, we all know that anything that sounds too good to be true, is.  But there are scammers out there--a LOT of people out there who would love to separate you from your money, promising you an instant career in very short amount of time for just a few thousand bucks! There are scammers who go[...]

"Unfortunately, having the proper equipment and knowing how to use it are two different things."   Dan Lenard GUEST POST by Dan Lenard, Voice Actor & The Home Studio Master: One of the things to consider when hiring a voice talent is, “How is their sound?” Does the recording sound like it could be on the radio? Is the size of the room they recorded in apparent from the echo you hear? Are there mic plosives or “popping “P’s? All of these questions are evidence of not understanding proper audio processing, a less than ideal recording space, and poor mic technique. When[...]

GUEST POST by Larry Hudson, Voice Actor: It was a random conversation in 2009 with a full-time voice & on-camera actor that led me to voice-over. I had spent the previous 20+ years in commercial real estate and, prior to that, as a professional musician. In the mid 90’s I had this idea of doing voice-over/announcing but didn’t know anyone in the biz and was distracted by the financial opportunity of commercial real estate... After this “conversation”, the bell went off in my head and there were 3 directives I was told to follow to get into Voice-over. 1) Do not do a demo for[...]

Can You Actually Work Better, Not Harder? Daley Progress thinks so! Ever need some serious help, or even a little kick, marketing-wise? I'd like to share a source of where I receive a lot of business marketing inspiration and up-to-date productivity tool advice... Daley Progress Daley Progress is an eNewsletter Boutique. They consult upon, create, and manage email marketing campaigns. And while they are actually not taking any new client's at the moment (that's a nice place to be!), they send out blog posts that I find extremely valuable. I've selected a half dozen recent (2017) posts, that I have found educational and enlightening[...]

Voiceover to do list

"Every aspect of your life can benefit from goal setting, action planning, prioritizing, and list making."    Well-Qualified List-maker I recently realized that while I’m indeed a good voice talent, and parent, I’m an EXCELLENT list maker (and an EXCELLENT judge, btw). Turns out, my upbringing that resulted in ongoing anxiety, caused me to be an obsessive list maker and a fine critic. As a result, I can churn out lists like nobody’s business (and provide feedback to whoever is willing to listen). That said, there are three things that need to be done BEFORE you make an effective To Do List. (I'm able to[...]

My daughter started with a basketball training and development organization recently. She's no stranger to being the new kid in a group, be it for a new school, summer camp, or extra-curricular activity. So, I knew she wouldn't have any trouble fitting in. In a smart networking and publicity move, she wore her new gym t-shirt to her first practice... Why was the 7th grade gym shirt a stellar idea? 1 - The gym shirts for her school are personalized, so her name is written across the front allowing people to learn it and remember it. 2 - Wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the school's[...]

For some reason, I especially like taking stock of my voice-over business when I'm away from it. As someone who's more of a big picture thinker (acccording to some Myer's Briggs testing I did way back when and my own self-awareness), I enjoy looking at what I've done, where I'm going, and what I need to work on to stay focused on my goals - reviewing to-do lists, checking-in with myself about my truest objectives, and making sure I'm on track instead of working on those Not Important/Urgent tasks that come up in a regular business day. (I love the URGENT/NOT URGENT/IMPORTANT/NOT[...]

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