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I am enamored with whiteboard animation videos. It’s amazing how something so simplistic in design, can hold our attention so well. After voicing several of these for clients, I have been looking around to have one created for my own business. Like voice-overs, creating a video can certainly come in at a lot of different price points and you always “get what you pay for”. From DIY to high-end videos that are thousands of dollars, these videos are worth the investment. But who should be voicing your video? Jonathan Long of Entrepreneur talks about the use of voice-over in his blog “7[...]

There is a glut of people wanting to do voice-overs as a potential career. When I started, one of the voice-over marketplaces, Voices.com, had under 3,000 talent registered. Ten years later, they have 30,000. That's a lot of alleged competition. The changes in the voice-over industry Like many things, the voice-over landscape has changed and evolved greatly over the years. Ten years ago, it started changing drastically and the playing field evened out much to the chagrin of many veteran voices. The ability to record from home changed everything, allowing the (talented and educated) solopreneur, with recording abilities, to join in the[...]

We work at improving in every way, every day, and though there are waves of discouragement, there are also times for enjoying where we are, looking at how far we've come, and for reassessing. Life is moving VERY fast. And as we take the bull by the horns as an entrepreneur, or simply as a human, sometimes the pace is overwhelming. To reassess is valuable because we grow when we learn from what we've experienced. A few things I'm reviewing, reconsidering, reflecting upon, and re-assessing... REVIEWING: VOICE HEALTH I've been hit with a cold. I know it's a pain for everyone, but, if you are recording your voice for a living, it is more frustrating[...]

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Wednesday
Feb 2016

  Sometimes you just need to hit the "refresh" button. Things are stalled or stale and you just know, it's time. Other times, things break down or they haven't been working that well for awhile. I have a list as long as my arm of things I'd like to upgrade in my business and my studio, and this year, it's time. #VOUPGRADE2016 My planned list for upping my game this year includes the following: Voice coaching Studio space upgrade Computer and recording component transition Microphone change-out Headshot redo Website revamp Progress. I love it!! Here I go………weeeeeeeeeeeee! STUDIO BRICKS SOUNDPROOF BOOTH I'm absolutely thrilled, and amazed, to[...]

Let's talk about freelancing! Not for the faint of heart, a freelance career is LOADED with benefits. Voice Acting and owning a Voiceover Business is the ultimate freelance life. My favo(u)rite company on the planet right now is Freshbooks, an accounting and invoice software company that is blazing a trail of incredible customer service. They put together the infographic below about the life of a freelancer and I thought it apropos to everything I do. I've added my commentary on their points relating to the field of voiceovers. Before you Embark - not sure about their list of must-have's, but the grab bag of[...]

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Tuesday
Jan 2016

[gallery ids="1227,1229,1230"] On Saturday, Jan 23rd, I had the privilege of attending VO Buzz Weekly’s 200th Episode taping in North Hollywood, California. The evening exceeded my expectations in every way. MY ANXIETY OVER THE EVENING Going to the show taping required me to leave my cocoon in Santa Clarita Valley, get purdy (a job on it’s own!), drive into L.A. on the Interstate (which I hadn’t done before), and attend an event solo, not knowing anyone. Leading up to Saturday night, I kind of lost my mind a little. I was so worked up I swear I almost passed out on the drive[...]

Moving close to L.A. is providing me with amazing opportunities that will continue be revealed with time. This Saturday, January 23rd, I'm attending the 200th episode taping of VO Buzz Weekly. This event will have Voiceover "All-Stars" attending - actors and industry professionals. I'm kinda freaking out... Not only because I have not yet driven down the I-5 into the city by myself (AND need to squeeze into Spanx), but because I'll be faced with a theatre full of people who do what I do daily and yet, have absolutely no idea who I am. Initially, I consciously decided that I would pass on attending because of the[...]

My initial plan was to write about “finding balance”. I think about it a lot. But, the truth is, I’m constantly seeking it, never arriving at this optimum balance of which I dream. The life of a work-at-home mom / voice-over business owner is a daily balancing act that never really balances out. I don’t know what works for you. Balance is a very personal pursuit. It is constantly in flux and is elusive. However, the process of seeking balance ultimately achieves something close to what I imagine it to be. Here is my personal three-point technique… Choose PRIORITIES If I want to[...]

  To work within the structure of a plan allows me the freedom to live in the moment. I’m a planner. I have been fascinated by, and perhaps obsessed with, time management forever. On that note, I have planned out my blogs for the year already! Gasp! What?!? Yes. But, knowing me, I will absolutely stray from my list. It’s why I’ve rarely picked out my clothes the night before or made a strict meal plan…I like to choose what I’ll wear, eat, or otherwise, when I arrive to that moment. Hypocritical, perhaps…but, to work within the structure of a plan allows me[...]

For the first time in the ten years I've been in business, I recently indulged myself in two voice-over coaching sessions in one week. My decision to have Marc Cashman as my coach was a long-time decision and deliberate plan upon my arrival to California. Being coached exposes my vulnerabilities. I can't deny that being open to feedback can be excruciating, despite my ironic love for it. As I open myself to constructive criticism, I invite comments that even my most critical self has not already commented on. To be honest, it felt painful. I thought I would roll up my sleeves[...]

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