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Use of Video

2015 was going to be the year of video for me.  So far, it hasn't been easy carving out that goal, but I've made some deliberate and encouraging steps in that direction. Let me back up a second.  How often do you find that your friends outside of your VO circle are fascinated to find out what you do...and even more curious to see your studio, and how you do your work?  Right?  Most people are mesmerized in witnessing the process of voice-over in the booth.  But how often do you remember to … [Read More...]

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VoiceHounds?

Did you get this email too?  Apparently somewhere along the line, I must've expressed an interest in knowing more about this proposed VO casting site. Now they want to know if my interest is serious. From the email: "As we gravitate to finalizing the roster, I am reaching out to you to confirm you are still interested in participating with us as one of our Talents.   We have received a great amount of positive feedback on this project and look forward to working with you. Please see attached a … [Read More...]

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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, PowerPoint, etc), and share to almost anywhere.  The free service is actually pretty full-featured...and there are various levels of membership with concomitant price and functionality differences. Think of it as a YouTube for presentations.  And, like YouTube, you can now actually create native … [Read More...]

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Should a Mic “Look” Good?

Have you ever heard a voice actor remark:  "...man, that's a suh-weet lookin' mic!!!" ?? Purists and audio engineers are gonna hate me for this one...much the same way car salesmen love car buyers.   Why?  Because car buyers rely entirely to much on the way a car "looks" rather than the quality of the mechanism. But don't EVEN tell me the criteria that a mic-has-to-look-good never crosses your mind...'cause I KNOW it does.  Some believe we should only buy mics that sound good, not because they … [Read More...]

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Canadian/Spanish Connection

Why are there Mexican restaurants, but no Canadian restaurants?  While you ponder that, please pass along the message in this blog to your Spanish-speaking VO friends.  I chose not to send this to individuals, 'cause I have just too many voice-actor friends who do Spanish, and I wanted to be egalitarian about it. My friend and Calgary-based voice-actor Paul Boucher is putting out this call: "Hi VO pros. A good eLearning client of mine here in Canada is looking for Spanish VO talent. They're … [Read More...]

VO Social Media

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Next #WoVOChat: Pay-to-Plays

Given the high participation in almost any online discussion about online casting sites, we expect this week's #WoVOChat to be a barn-burner! In just the last week, a thread on the FaceBook Group … [Read More...]

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VO Education

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Predatory Coaches and Demo Mills

Yin/Yang Right there are two incendiary terms.  They don't always go hand in hand, but they rarely tell a positive story.  Oddly enough, not everyone agrees on who is or who is NOT a predatory … [Read More...]

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Let’s Get Dialectic

Many voice actors think that you're either gifted with the ability to do dialects or you're not.  I suppose it's true that some might grasp the nuances of dialects faster than others.  But that's also … [Read More...]

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Zoom IQ6

Everybody's got an idea of what makes (for them) the perfect recording solution for "on the road".  Funny, it's that way for home studios too! In either case, you've got to find what works for you … [Read More...]

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101 For Aspiring Video Game Voice-Actors

This is a side of voice-acting I haven’t tried for.  Should I?  I know Brad Venable and DB Cooper (and many others) thrive on the work they find in video games.  It’s not like I wouldn’t want to…it’s just that like launching into ANY new genre, I don’t know where to start…where to find the […]

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CES2015 in 2:10

Got a minute?...er....well...a couple of minutes? The technology, planning, and marketing behind a show like CES is beyond imagination.  It all comes together for 4 days in the … [Read More...]

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Pressing On

There's no doubt I suffer a deflation in January.  The build-up to the Christmas and New Year's holidays are so expectant, that you can't help but feel a loss come January.  … [Read More...]

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Tons of Info!

Today's #WoVOChat on the topic of predatory coaches/demo mills overflowed with great information. All of the attendees contributed some invaluable suggestions that bubbled over … [Read More...]

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