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Voiceover to do list

"Every aspect of your life can benefit from goal setting, action planning, prioritizing, and list making."    Well-Qualified List-maker I recently realized that while I’m indeed a good voice talent, and parent, I’m an EXCELLENT list maker (and an EXCELLENT judge, btw). Turns out, my upbringing that resulted in ongoing anxiety, caused me to be an obsessive list maker and a fine critic. As a result, I can churn out lists like nobody’s business (and provide feedback to whoever is willing to listen). That said, there are three things that need to be done BEFORE you make an effective To Do List. (I'm able to[...]

For some reason, I especially like taking stock of my voice-over business when I'm away from it. As someone who's more of a big picture thinker (acccording to some Myer's Briggs testing I did way back when and my own self-awareness), I enjoy looking at what I've done, where I'm going, and what I need to work on to stay focused on my goals - reviewing to-do lists, checking-in with myself about my truest objectives, and making sure I'm on track instead of working on those Not Important/Urgent tasks that come up in a regular business day. (I love the URGENT/NOT URGENT/IMPORTANT/NOT[...]

Need help figuring out what to do when you have a new voice-over client (or client of any kind) and you've finished your first job with them? Here's a checklist that will help you tie it all together!   NEW CLIENT PROCEDURE □ Starting with the client’s esignature, collect their contact details and add to your database □ Connect with your client (and their company) on social media within their esignature □ Check their website, and/or their company's website, adding further info into your database □ Connect on remaining social media from the client/company website(s) □ Sign up for their newsletter and blog, if they have either □ Send the new client a thank you card with[...]

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Headshots

Whether as a professional profile pic for business or, in my case, a headshot for my voice-over business, getting a good quality photo of yourself makes good business sense. Headshots can be a huge investment, so you need to plan ahead to ensure success and, therefore, make use of your photos for as long as possible. I can't tell you how many pics I didn't end up liking. That's why I put a lot of effort into preparing for any photo shoot. I want to make sure I look and feel my best and have all the elements in place for that very short[...]

"PROFILE PICS" OR "HEADSHOTS"? There was a time, not so long ago, when a voice actor headshot was ironic, outrageous to some. Why would you include your picture, when it's the audio that people need to hear? Why taint the listener's opinion of your sound with your photo? How will they imagine your voice age, if they can see your face?! Here's the thing... while I agree that a listener does not need to see your face when selecting a voice for their next project, we are in an era of needing to present ourselves in the best light possible, using all the tools[...]

Headshots

HEADSHOTS: How important are they? I've had A LOT of headshots. Lucky for me, and you, I've lost my shots from the 80's in one of my cross-country moves. If you are building a career or a business, you need one. Our online image is highly relevant in expressing (and subjectively determining) our credibility. Yes, this is unfortunate, but proven. CNN: Avatar, shmavatar: Online profile pics really do matter  BUFFER: The Research & Science Behind Finding Your Best Profile Picture A professional headshot is key on LinkedIn and on other mediums where you need a profile image. Even on personal social media, we are (definitely) judged on how we look and a[...]

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[...]

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