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V.O.B.S.  For the uninitiated, this stands for Voice Over Body Shop - a witty, weekly voice-over web show. It's CHOCK FULL of helpful information, technical and more, for voice talent in the style of Car Talk. V.O.B.S. (formerly EWABS - East West Audio Body Shop) has been running for over six years and is hosted by tech wizards, George Whittam and Dan Lenard, who have "...a passion for voice-over recording technology, and the desire to make recording easy for voice actors everywhere...". The show includes voice-over industry news, tech information, and weekly interviews with the who's who in the industry. While the guys are technically[...]

Ever heard of FOMO? UrbanDictionary.com helps with this: It's a "fear of missing out". "The fear that if you miss a party or event you will miss out on something great." Admittedly, I have it. I thought I was stronger than that. But, alas... no. (Eric Barker, one of my most favorite bloggers, who posts weekly for Time.com, helps us with FOMO: This is the Best Way to Overcome Fear of Missing Out.) In my case, VO FOMO is a fear of missing out on anything voice over related... and apparently, I really did. This past weekend, VO Atlanta was presented for it's 5th year.[...]

As a freelance voice talent, filing taxes can be as a self-employed person, as a small business, or even as a Corporation, such as in my case. A COUPLE LESSONS LEARNED THIS YEAR: I did A LOT of equipment purchases and exchanges last year, to try out new mics, and to outfit my Studio Bricks booth. The receipts were a nightmare. Make sure you have all that you purchased on your expense list, even if it was paid by a credit, because credits won't necessarily show up on your paypal or bank account statement, if you're paying from a store credit outright. Further, I[...]

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Tuesday
Feb 2017

It's that time of year when the focus is on staying well, avoiding illness... Every year, my kid's schools have a Valentine's Day dance and every year, my daughter misses it resentfully due to illness. Like clockwork, both my kids have just been sick and I'd like to PROUDLY say, I've avoided it. Vocal Health Ninja! Voice Talent, Dave Courvoisier writes parents off, tongue in check, in this voice-over wellness post saying that "if you have school aged children...you're screwed". Well, yes, it's a major challenge, but I have a business to run... I need to do EVERYTHING in my power to stay healthy.  (I've written[...]

If you are a producer, a marketing manager, or a creative services professional, you may have problems specific to your business and the hiring of voice talent. MONEY & ACCESSIBILITY Historically, quality, established voice talent have only been accessible through agents and union affiliations. From auditioning to completing the work, talent and clients needed to congregate in the same city at a high-end recording studio, with the cost of the engineer and studio, agent and agency, added to the bill. VAST AMOUNT OF "TALENT" While the costs of hiring a voice talent aren’t what they used to be necessarily, the floodgates have opened. There[...]

Someone called me out recently on having a Canadian accent, in a social setting, and wondered if that hindered my voiceover business. Actually, she assumed it did. If I wasn't so polite, I'd have bit her head off...in the kindest, most gentlest way, of course... It is my job to make certain I'm reading all scripts with neutrality and pronouncing words appropriate for each region. I pride myself on having clients all over North America, two thirds from the US...  In casual conversation, my "out and about's" come out... but no, my Canadian-ness does not hinder my business. HOWEVER... in 11 years in business,[...]

This year, I've given my entire voiceover business a total overhaul. Earlier in the year, I called it #VOUpgrade2016. I wasn't kidding. Once you start, its like peeling an onion... oh, the layers! The Studio There was a lot of experimenting, learning, equipment returns, and taking two steps back to take one step forward. Most notable is the studio. Going from a dynamic microphone (normally used for radio and TV) and moving to a shotgun condenser mic, is a game changer for me and had its growing pains. After several mic exchanges, I'm set - a Sennheiser 416. It's the current gold standard for many[...]

VO Mastery 2016 & That's Voiceover 2016 - Two Conferences, Back to Back I had the luxury of attending two voiceover events in L.A. recently thanks to my living close to the city. Panel discussions and Q&A, well known voice actors and industry players were all the order of the day...in both cases. VO Mastery 2016 We were entertained and hosted by illustrious voice talent, Randy Thomas, who put together a day full of information, kicked off by phenomenal one-man show, "Talking to Myself" by James Arnold Taylor. The renown voice of Obi-wan, Fred Flintstone, and many, many more recognizable voices, James is absolutely the real[...]

VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor - Book Review by Tracy Lindley It all started one day when I was watching VO Buzz Weekly. You know, that invaluable and infinitely intriguing show dedicated to all things voiceover.  You’d have to live under a voiceover rock not to have heard of the personable and fun-loving co-hosts, Chuck and Stacey.  In their 123rd episode, they interviewed the legendary Harlan Hogan who was, by the way, a more humble and transparent man than I would ever suspect from someone with as many accomplishments as he has collected over his 30-plus years as[...]

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Wednesday
Oct 2016
Video Production

Interested in video production?  This is a list of lists! The five posts below do a great job of curating great video production blogs: The 15 Best Video Production Blogs - PremiumBeat The 12 Best Video Production Blogs - The Shutterstock Blog 5 Best Blogs for Video Production Pros - ProductionHUB 24 Video Marketing Influencers, Blogs, and Books to Follow - Vidyard Top 50 Video and Film Production Blogs | The Advertising Bible And, lucky for you, I've checked out the five posts above and four blogs kept being repeated as must reads, so check these out first: Premium Beat Phillip[...]

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