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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 major voice-over online marketplaces 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[...]

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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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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[...]

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Tuesday
Feb 2015

One of my first jobs out of University was to watch thousands of commercials and sort them into categories for research purposes at the Television Bureau of Canada. When interviewed for the job, I remember saying, “Who wouldn’t want to watch commercials all summer?” Apparently, that clinched it for me, since no one felt quite as passionate about commercials as I did. Perhaps that was a foreshadowing into my current profession? Only recently have I acknowledged how much I still like a good commercial. After watching thousands of TV commercials at TVB and subsequently voicing several more thousand over the past ten[...]

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Tuesday
Dec 2014

Have you seen some of my posts specific to working in the voiceover business? In case you missed them, here are my most popular posts in that category this year. "Say You, Say Me" – Pronouncing words correctly. "I Will Remember You" – Nervousness in auditions. "She Works Hard for the Money" – Working with integrity. "The Sound of Silence" – The isolation of working in voiceovers. If you find my posts about working in voiceovers interesting, please let me know! I love hearing feedback. Very best wishes for a happy holiday season![...]

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[...]

If you are a human on the planet earth, you can benefit from eLearning. If you are a business in the global marketplace, or a shop on the corner, there is an even greater potential here! Stay with me… From corporate presentations to pre-school education, what can be taught, can be delivered through some version of eLearning. Aside from the fact that I’ve managed to find everything from how to roll sushi to how to pronounce French words on YouTube, the potential for eLearning beyond YouTube can benefit all people and all businesses. A blog article from Edge Studio, NYC experts in[...]

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