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I've been holding out on you. While I have worked at providing many resources to voice-over hirers and voice talent alike, I've failed to mention someone who deserves much adulation. If you are interested in working in voice-over at all, I must introduce you to Mr. Mike Lenz... He touts himself as: ...an entrepreneur, professional voice actor, audio book narrator, author, podcast host, husband and father.   I can tell you, he is one of the nicest people I've ever met and has a goldmine of information. He's written a book called "Paid to Talk", created an online course for those interested in voice acting,[...]

Guest Post by Jim McKinley, Financial Expert: As a small business owner you are adept at your trade, but you might need help handling finances. Follow these tips to ensure you are planning and prioritizing properly. Organizing money.  Organizing your funds will help you budget and keep on top of your bills. Separate accounts.  According to the experts at Forbes, your first priority should be maintaining completely different accounts for personal versus business funds.  Things can get confused quickly. Having separate pockets helps simplify bookkeeping. Hire an accountant.  Accountants know tax laws and money management, and can help you find deductions[...]

I have a certain belief about social media. I believe that you should remain professional on your personal accounts and personal in your business accounts. What I mean is, on personal accounts, don't post anything you wouldn't want your Grandmother to see. On business accounts, engage others by being a little personal and not too formal. That said, I think it's always a good idea to take note of social media etiquette within each platform. You can take my word for it: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. There are certain functions that can be accessed by each platforms, like email[...]

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[...]

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