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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[...]

Tax Time

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[...]

On Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, I had the honor of attending the 2016 Action Enterpreneurship Canadian Summit and the accompanying award ceremony in Toronto for my mentor, Mary Jane Copps, who won the 2016 BDC Mentorship Award from Futurpreneur Canada. As her mentee, I was afforded the luxury of being there in person. I needed to keep tight-lipped about it up to the very last second. I can finally share... Mary Jane has worked tirelessly for decades as a mentor to young people as a “Big Sister”, a volunteer, and a mentor to entrepreneurs of all kinds. I’m delighted she is finally receiving the recognition[...]

  This week, with intensity, I organized having an aerial and interior video made for the sale of our house. As someone who has voiced many-a-real-estate-listing and is a small business owner myself, I went into the task with some high expectations for hiring the right company. From doing my research online and engaging with half a dozen video production companies, here's what I learned about service and marketing: When responding to a new customer, watch grammar, typos, punctuation. Messy correspondence leaves a bad impression. Use full sentences. No need to be formal, but being too casual also leaves a bad impression. If[...]

While reading through a copy of "The Phone Book" by The Phone Lady, Mary Jane Copps, we are reminded that the clear repetition of your phone number in a voice message is important to communicate effectively. Reading about the repetition of phone numbers reminded me of when NOT to provide your phone number. That's, when NOT to provide your phone number… When's the last time YOU wrote down a phone number when listening to the radio (or watching TV for that matter)? Dare I say, RARELY? If you are a retail advertiser, a business owner wanting to promote your business, DO NOT put your[...]

EVERYTHING WE DO contributes to creating the life we are in… …choices we make, and those that are made when don't make the choice, contribute to creating our lives. We can choose to be happy or choose to be unhappy. Yes, many things are not in our control, but how we respond is our choice and determines where and how we will land on the other side. I've made a lot of BIG changes to move to different countries in the name of creating the life I want… sometimes taking a step or two back, and THAT's OKAY...all in the name of learning.[...]

Adding Audio to Your Content - Part One - Who? As a voice actor, someone who uses and sells their voice for a living, showcasing my voice and having an archive of recorded blogs is an obvious choice for me. Adding audio to marketing adds to the multi-media dimension, offering readers more for engagement. Lucky for me, Linda Daley of Daley Progress has embraced my audio blogs as she is able to listen to it weekly while completing other tasks! But adding the element of an audio file isn’t limited to voice actors. Including a voice in your content, be it a[...]

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Mar 2015

  It is my pleasure to introduce to you my dear friend and mentor, Mary Jane Copps, otherwise known as The Phone Lady, as my first guest blogger. Here is her view on the personalities people take on for their outgoing voicemail messages. WHICH ONE ARE YOU? by Mary Jane Copps I’ve spent much of this past week prospecting for both myself and others and I’ve noted common characteristics among voicemail messages. Does your message match any of these … and what does this mean to your prospects and customers? The Flight Attendant This message has the same intonation and pacing as the safety procedure message we hear[...]

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Mar 2015

As a follow up to my post on [...]

I once threw a birthday party for my mom and invited all her friends to my house. She took the liberty of giving her guests “the tour” and since we happened to rent the rectory of a church at the time, a Heritage property (and the house where both my children came home from the hospital), it had the potential to be interesting. When my mom made the stop in my office / studio – she kept her friends in there for at least 10 minutes, offering a soliloquy of what I do for a living, or so I thought… Weeks later, my mom[...]

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