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In Missouri…

....they know how to make pick-up trucks useful. (shot in a grocery store parking lot) [in case you can't tell...or don't know -- they're wooden duck decoys] ...for use on the river. (ahem) The mighty Miss. CourVO … [Read More...]

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About this time of year my wife and I start really missing the change of seasons. In Vegas, the Summer heat goes away, but you can't really say Autumn expresses its full blush in the desert... Add to that the opportunity to attend the wedding of a best friend's daughter - where MY daughter was maid of honor - and we had the perfect excuse to get back to the Midwest (Missouri & Illinois). Hence, expect pretty light fare here on Courvo's blog for the week. I'll be posting travel and rural … [Read More...]

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15+ Dialects Sites

English is the only language I speak.  Sure, I'm jealous of my VO friends who speak two or more languages...they're more marketable...but I still feel like I'm learning English! So how hard can it be to learn a few dialects (in English), and still be able to broaden my prospects?  Some people are just good a picking up this stuff by ear, but these are skills that CAN be learned. I looked around a bit and found a few online resources, and it occured to me y’all (Southern drawl) might benefit … [Read More...]

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11 Ways to Know You’re a Pro VO

Does it matter?  Not really.  You don't need ME to tell you when you are a professional.  But increasingly, it seems important to know if you've made the grade.  World-Voices Organization was inspired by the FaffCon criteria for passing muster as a "professional VO".  For the record:  here's the WoVO criteria: "To qualify as a Professional, applicants must demonstrate a commercial industry involvement by submitting five recent paid voice jobs, not completed for a member of your family."  If … [Read More...]

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Podcast Possibilities

What is a 60-something guy doing hip-deep in social media?  I'm not a Gen-X'er, nor a Gen-Y'er...nor a Millenial...not EVEN. Keeping up with tech-trends and new gizmos is a young person's game.  Thankfully, I THINK young, and have always been enamoured of "the next cool thing". Still -- it's tough keeping up.  I notice the ease with which my 20-ish daughters move through the social media graces.  What comes as second-nature to them is usually something I have to learn the hard way. Many look … [Read More...]

VO Social Media

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R.I.P. Voice-Over FB Group

Social Media can be a huge time waster, and/or an incredible resource.  You hold the key to which it will be. A lot of voice actors seem befuddled by Twitter.  Many more are ON FaceBook, but seem … [Read More...]

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Weekend Deadline

Yesterday brought a flood of responses to my announcement about merging my FaceBook Voice-Over Friends group into Terry Daniels' Voice-Over Pros Place FaceBook group. The reaction was almost … [Read More...]

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Convergence

My philosophy about social media, the marketplace, and opportunity is that there is always room for one more.  In that environment, though, success depends on many variables. ...a little … [Read More...]

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VO Education

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“You know, I used to be a….”

Never.  Never have I run across a voice-actor who began life as a voice-actor.  Everyone came to the profession from somewhere else.  A good many began in broadcasting...especially radio.  Some from … [Read More...]

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My Battle With “It”

It's a darn shame, doncha think? So tell me...what does the "it" refer to in the sentence above? It's crazy isn't it? (same question) "IT" has become the most overused, misunderstood, misused … [Read More...]

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VO Tools

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Tech Stuff Too Good to Miss

My email runneth over! For some reason a bunch of stuff appeared in my inbox Wednesday...tech Stuff that's just too good to miss.  Maybe you got it too...but just in case, here's the short … [Read More...]

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A New “Take”

Don't expect iOS and Android developers to grow weary of the endless proliferation of newer, better, faster, cleverer apps. There's no downside for them, apps are money-makers, and they speak to the … [Read More...]

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Op/Ed

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Announcer Discrimination!

[Prologue: In my closet, I have a special section for storing thin ties, Angel's Flight pants, and Nehru jackets.  As fashion trends go... they'll be back.  I'm sure they'll come … [Read More...]

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VO Business

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Email Ninja

Tinkering with solutions for the email challenge is an ongoing process in my VO business.  It's always morphing as I try new add-ons and plug-ins. I've gone from Outlook to ComF5 … [Read More...]

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VO Niches

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Visual. Video. You Know…Moving Pictures.

Voice.  OVER. Guess what?…what you’re voicing OVER is almost always video…some sort of visual presentation.  Of course, you make it complete with your voice (wink, wink), but since we humans are mega-optically gifted and sensitized… the message you bring is the window dressing to what people are SEEING (hate to break it to ya, but […]

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VO Events

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FaffCon Demystified

A few thoughts about Tucson's unconference, and then I'll move on.  I know the tsunami of pictures, posted alongside laments that: "...it ended too soon!"...or: "...FaffCon … [Read More...]

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Tired & Inspired

By now, you're familiar with the thrum of swelling accolades following the most recent FaffCon.  Perhaps you've contributed to the enthusiastic thread of pictures and superlatives … [Read More...]

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Spanish Moves

People wonder why we named the new VoiceOver Industry Trade Association World-Voices Organization.  We knew the world was getting smaller, and the global voice-over community was … [Read More...]

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