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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.[...]

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[...]

Ever had the chance to go back and look at work you've done in the past, only to realize what you might have done differently? There are only six lines in this commercial I voiced for Leon's Furniture, Canada, in 2012, but three of those lines, I would do over. I would finesse it and make more natural. While I received great feedback at the time, I would give it a failing grade today. Given what I now know and hear, I would change the following in the first three lines: Pitch - like a song, the melody needs to be taken[...]

Warning: this is personal. A recent trip I spent the long weekend in September at a retreat at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. I experienced some of the Western world’s foremost devotional singers, Deva Premal & Miten, Krishna Das, and Jai Uttal, and others such as Nawang Khechog, C.C. White, Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali, and The Hanumen. And, while you may or may not have heard of them before, imagine a hippy-love-fest kinda vibe. Why I went I felt compelled to attend this four-day music and love fest both because it was called “the Yoga of Voice”, two things I am attracted to – Yoga[...]

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Thursday
Jun 2016

It's officially halfway through the year and I'm on the precipice of nice big changes for my business. Once July hits, I'll have a new studio space, new website, new monthly newsletter, after already having checked MANY other items of my list. Ten years in voiceovers, having worked steadily IN my business, but not ON my business,... it's time. #VOUPGRADE2016 My planned list for upping my game this year included the following: Voice coaching - I spent January and February learning from voiceover coach, Marc Cashman, helping to perfect my voiceover skills. Studio space upgrade - I purchased the coveted StudioBricks booth and had[...]

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[...]

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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[...]

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