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At eleven years old, I told a childhood friend that my mom had put me on a program called "25 Days to Better Health". My mother had no such plan. It was all me. I have no idea what I thought I was going to do, or where I came up with the idea, but I clearly had a penchant for self-improvement early on. In that vein, I have recently improved and refreshed my demos to better represent my voice. I've had the same commercial demo for about 4 years and it was time. [audio mp3="http://yourworkisallitalkabout.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/natasha-marchewka-commercial-demo-july-2014.mp3"][/audio]   However, in addition to my belief in[...]

One of the benefits of working in the voice-over business is learning about other businesses as a result of reading their scripts. For eLearning clients, for example, I have read material as diverse as how to build hydraulic hoses to how to collect bodily fluids for micro-biology purposes. This is fascinating stuff! Really, it is! I am always pleased to learn about different company offerings far and wide. One of my clients, eBrandz, is a company that constantly presents me with interesting topics. eBrandz, a Search Marketing company in India and purportedly the largest SEO company in the world, provides me[...]

When we first bought our home two years ago this week, my husband had the privilege of selecting and buying a home without my seeing it. When he saw the home on his visit to Nova Scotia, Canada from Grand Cayman, he knew instantly that it was the right one. Back in Cayman, I was excited to know that he managed to find something comfortable and appropriate for our family within the limitation of his two week re-con trip. However, when I saw the photos and realized that, like Harry Potter, I was relegated to a space under the stairs…I[...]

On July 1st, 2014, what will happen as a result of the upcoming Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation? Linda Daley, at Daley Progress, has turned me onto the imminent legislation. She’s gathered many educational resources and written about the implications. To be honest, I haven’t researched it in depth, because I find legalese overwhelming and intimidating, but what I do know is that things are about to change with email marketing. As someone who delivers a weekly blog by email, this new legislation has been of interest. I’m happy to know that I won’t be admonished for sending my eNewletter to all the[...]

I am going to touch on something so precious to me that I could write an epic book about it. It is something that we all share equally – not one person on this planet is given more than another and yet it is a resource so valuable that it truly is priceless. It is...time. I’ve always had a sense of the value of my time and understood that where we invest it demonstrates our priorities. It can be eye-opening to share one’s priorities, do the math as to where we actually spend our time, and realize what has taken over as priority, given the[...]

Every so often, I come back to thinking about the minimum I require to maintain ongoing, good health and well-being. While I don't always achieve them, my minimum requirements generally include 8 ½ hours of sleep, balanced nutrition, and solitude daily. Delving deeper into the world of social media marketing, I also consider the minimum required for maximum effect. I like to keep things simple - do what is crucial for the health of my business when time only allows for the minimum. When I started my business in 2006, I knew that having an online presence was vital and at the time,[...]

It’s the beginning of June and I am hoping it’s safe to plant seeds for my container garden.  A haphazard gardener, I don’t follow every rule or plant exactly when I should. Too much sun, not enough sun, too much rain, not enough rain - all conditions that throw off my already improvised gardening. I’m not exacting, but conscientious. Yet again, my business is a great analogy for so many things in life and nature, and my business development style is much like my gardening style: …planting a spectrum of seeds, nourishing them and protecting them with various conditions, resulting in[...]

I had the privilege of leading a portion of a communications workshop with Mary Jane Copps, The Phone Lady, and coached two dozen people on how to voice a commercial. Breaking down the steps for the workshop was a great exercise in my own recognizing that there is indeed skill and talent required to record scripts that I have honed over the years.  You see, I didn't really realize all that goes into voicing material, until I had to dissect it because, to be honest, I never thought what I do is all that unique or skillful. While I am[...]

Sounding cold-free/allergy-free is pretty much vital as a voice-over actor.  And, there are three things that I can’t live without when it comes to my vocal health.  As it turns out more importantly, there are three things that I need to live without… My three no-no’s used to be controversial, but lately it seems there are a lot of people on the band wagon. While I have a weakness for them, they make me weak in body and mind.  In no particular order, they are (decadent) dairy, (wicked) wheat, and (astonishing) sugar.  Without those three elements in my life, I am[...]

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May 2014

I’m not naïve about the fact that I am dispensable as a voice actor and…yes, as a mother. As a voice talent, I am one small fish in a very big pond and am well aware that many other voice actors could fill my shoes in a heart-beat. As a mother, it HAS occurred to me that I’m also replaceable.  Millions of others do what I do and could indeed replace me on any given day. So what in the world makes me so special or unique? Well, perhaps it’s not that I’m special at all, but that I am working – I am working[...]

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