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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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C3PO: Star Wars’ Surprising Contribution to Voice Acting

The Force is going to be with us again this year.  Who doesn't love Star Wars?  How has it survived it's own cliché reputation all these years?Strangely enough, I've recently stumbled onto a cryptic code buried in the name of the iconic robotic star of this most enduring movie series of all time!  It came to me during a recent visit to Africa, as I lay writhing on my cot in sweat... my tent no protection from the fever of a thousand mosquito bites.Nah...actually I just made it up.  But maybe the … [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 being IN that year…or what I did WITH it.  [But I won’t bore you with my missives about selective amnesia.]July REALLY brings with it the usual panic.  OMG… the year is half over, but I haven’t nearly worked through my “list of things to do in 2015″!listen to ‘Nitch or Neesh (Finding Yours)’ on audioBoomI was talking to … [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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Op/Ed

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Standing On the Edge…

...of a butte in Eastern Utah, I took this picture with a freaking iPhone and almost no sense of composition or framing.To me, the scene is sublimely and quintessentially … [Read More...]

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VO Business

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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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VO Events

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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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VO Community

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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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