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Hard ‘n’ Fast Rules (that work sometimes)

If everyone has their own style of work...if everyone goes about creating their own success uniquely -- then why is the internet so full of standardized one-size-fits-all advice?The answer for me lies in a medical analogy.Generally, aspirin will help with aches an pains.  Unless....and there will always be someone with an exception.  Someone who is allergic to aspirin, or aspirin gives them ulcers.  Aspirin.  Just.  Doesn't.  Help.Take the example of cold remedies.  Some people swear by Sudafed, … [Read More...]


Boys Town

Today's blog has nothing to do with voiceover, and everything to do with one of my favorite organizations...and my relationship to it.Boys Town...the original Father Flanagan's service organization for troubled kids is almost 100 years old.The lamdmark sprawling campus in Omaha has changed thousands of lives.Some years ago, the organization started expanding, and putting chapters in cities that needed the help.  Las Vegas needed the help.A very young and moustachio'd Dave Courvoisier took part … [Read More...]


LinkedIn Endorsements v. LinkedIn Recommendations

LinkedIn is on a roll.I've always been a big apostle for this more serious/business-minded social network.  Lately they've been giving me reason to continue to sing their praises.First of all, LinkedIn just LOOKS better.  Trendy, not clunky.  Sure, Dave...that's nice, but where's the beef?   Well, how does a $90-million dollar acquisition and integration of the highly-regarded online social news platform PULSE sound to ya?  "LinkedIn Pulse" replaces "LinkedIn Today" (See article on … [Read More...]


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 different people.  It's rooted in an older time, when ISDN was king.  Some voice talent make it out to be a lot more involved or technically convoluted than it has to be.  For a growing segment of voice-actors, a simple cell phone connection on speaker-phone, or wired to the ear, works.  Still others just … [Read More...]


…for the sacrifices

MEMORIAL DAY 2015My father was born in 1915 ... 100 years agoHe survived WWII,married his sweetheart,became an Illinois farmer,and if he was here today, I'd call himand tell him how proud of him I am,...just like I did every year. … [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...]


Microphones on #WoVOChat Today!

EVERYBODY's got something to say about Microphones.  Their mic. The mic they want.  They mic they wish they hadn't wasted money on.Today's your day to spill the beans.Tell us what you think about … [Read More...]

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VO Education


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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WoVOChat Wednesday: Microphones!

When a voice-actor tells me they've got a mic they're totally happy with, and they've been using it for years...I'm skeptical.Most VO's I know are always are considering the next best mic.Sure, … [Read More...]

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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 … [Read More...]

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3 Measures of Creative Success

Success is one of the most over-burdened, misunderstood, and maligned notions in American culture.The popular (and most unenlightened) definition invariably includes some mention … [Read More...]

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VO Business


Why $5?

Why not just do it for free?This blog officially beats the proverbial dead horse -- again -- but I can't stand it anymore!I ran across a tweet for this Fiverr VO offer … [Read More...]

Submarine periscope


For once, my "traditional media" friends in the newsroom seem to be on top of this latest social media trend more than my VO friends -- all of whom have said, "what's Periscope?" … [Read More...]

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VO Niches


Who’s heard of this site?  It appears to be one of those new-wave online authoring sites like Medium.  I would have no idea it existed but for a Google Alert that flagged an article on io9:  Why Announcers’ Voices Sound So Much Different Than They Used To. The author points to an answer by a […]

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VO Events


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...]



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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