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8 Reasons Not To Discount Your Work (and 4 Reasons Why You May Want To)

As freelance voice-actors we struggle and wring our hands over pricing our services...at least most of us do, and usually when we're first finding our way in this business.Later, we come to realize the power of  saying "no", the magic of setting rates to match our worth, and the respect we gain from clients for explaining our rates, and sticking to them.I've read at least 36,598 threads in  social media forums on this topic and seen the spectrum of human emotion in them.  They run the gamut from … [Read More...]

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Zoom Q8

Finally, a decent HD video camera with excellent audio inputs!You've seen me review other Zoom products on the pages of this blog.  The Zoom H4, Zoom H4n, and Zoom H6n are all part of a parade of Zoom devices I've proudly owned.But remember how I've preached about video, video, video?  As further testament, Facebook is not only pushing uploads of native video on their site (vs. linking to YouTube), but they've recently announced an initiative to begin revenue sharing of video as an incentive to … [Read More...]

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Happy 239th!!!

Wow, wasn't it just Memorial Day?  Patriotic holidays make me all verklempt.  I love the things that draw this country together, rather than divide us.  Enjoy the time with family, friends, or whatever is YOUR tradition in celebrating the 239th birthday of the USA.You probably know this, but I think it never hurts to run the facts:In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. The … [Read More...]

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Two VO Lessons We Can Learn From “The Donald”

...and I'm publicly not taking sides on Donald Trump.In fact, that's one of the lessons, here.  (read on)FIRST:Uttering polarizing and intentionally pointed controversial statements (e.g. The Donald) will result in your being vilified by the opposition, and encouraged by supporters...so it's a wash.  The sum total, though, in this crazy, celebrity-driven, politically-charged atmosphere is that it will raise your public persona.  That's what's wrong with media today.  Donald Trump went from a … [Read More...]

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What’s in a Title?

We work to achieve titles.  We take pride in the status they convey, and we attach importance to them beyond their due.  Still, titles serve a purpose, I suppose.Take terms like "Ambassador", "General", or "Senator".  The connotation is inescapable.  "President" is another one.  It's such a favorite, and so lofty that 'President' gets tossed around quite a bit these days.  You're probably the 'President' of your freelance voice-over business.  You can be 'President' of an extermination (bug … [Read More...]

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#WoVOChat Results: Portable Recording

Talk about great sharing!  Today's WoVOChat on the topic of portable recording has info you just gotta see.  Luckily, the conversation is not there 'n' gone, but saved in a stream-of-consciousness on … [Read More...]

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VO Education

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P2P SlideShare

Are you familiar with SlideShare? Acquired by LinkedIn not that long ago, SlideShare is an online service that lets you share your presentations.  Upload or download in almost any format  (Keynote, … [Read More...]

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VO Tools

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ipDTL Adds Phone Patch

That's right... the contingency that confounds some voice talents, frustrates others, and and only clients seem to want, is now a regular feature of ipDTL.  "Phone Patch" is different things to … [Read More...]

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Microphones #WoVOChat Results

We came... we mic'd up...we conquered the #WoVOChat!Kudos to all who came for today's WoVOChat on the topic of Microphones.Our guest experts, Dan Lenard and Jordan Reynolds were awesome, and the Q … [Read More...]

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Nitch or Neesh? (Finding Yours)

Does it really matter?   July brings with it a sobering thought.: Half the year is gone!I often joke that I’m still trying to figure out where 1992 went, ’cause I can’t remember … [Read More...]

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You Really Have No Idea…

...what you're getting into when you embark on a career in voice acting.  You may THINK you know.  But you don't.That's not a bad thing.  An honest look into the future might be … [Read More...]

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VO Niches

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The World’s Largest Media Owner

Rupert Murdoch?  Nope. Sony?  Huh-uh. Comcast/AOL/TimeWarner? Not even close. Google. I know, I know… Apple has $194 Billion in cash, and is a media darling, but Google (which Steve Jobs hated) is moving ahead of all other also-rans. Google is 136% bigger than #2 – Disney…and bigger than Disney and #3 (Comcast) combined. According to […]

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FOMO Frustrations

March was a challenge if  you're afflicted with FOMO (fear or missing out). VO Atlanta, and FaffCamp two weekends in a row, and I was at home sitting on my hands...or rather … [Read More...]

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WoVOConquered

Since 2007, I figure I've attended some 20 voiceover conferences.  Yeah...crazy isn't it?  I counted it up on my fingers three times just to be sure.  I'd agree with you if you … [Read More...]

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On Our Way to 500

What is the mark of success for ANY organization?  Many would tell you that hard numbers or accumulation of many members is important; but that doesn't tell the whole story.  It's … [Read More...]

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