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You Deserve a Name…YOUR Name

A hurdle that many novices will encounter along the way to VO stardom: production companies, pay-to-plays, and some booking agents who will either change your name, or offer a first name only (sometimes first name/last initial) in their online listings. A VO friend of mine (we'll call him MK) brought this to my attention lately, and I honestly hadn't thought it through.  The argument goes: you and your name are your brand.  That's what your reputation is built around. When you sacrifice that, … [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 not ALL about numbers. At some point the Pareto Principle kicks in.  That's the theory of the "vital few" that says for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.  (see The Pareto Principle for Voiceovers, here). If I was the pastor of the neighborhood Baptist church, that'd mean about 20% … [Read More...]

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3 New Ways to use Video Online

Have I mentioned the importance of using video in your online presence?  (ahem...you KNOW I have!) This can be fun and casual as an extension of your personality and/or company, or directed/targeted in your marketing materials.  Just develop your reputation as a person who posts interesting and worthwhile stuff.   That means at the very least a still photo, a link to a YouTube video, or -- increasingly -- the ability to display or embed a video itself in your posts. In this … [Read More...]

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The Race to $0

Today's blog is tangential to voice-over, and yet it concerns each and every one of us who uses "The Cloud"...which is probably 95% of us...or should be. It's about space, co-location, server farms, bandwidth, but most of all, access to all you want, when you want, wherever you are, and whatever device you're using. It's no secret that the big players in this space: Microsoft Google Apple DropBox Amazon Box.net SugarSyc ...and others, are fighting tooth 'n' nail to be YOUR cloud … [Read More...]

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The WoVOChat Storify Report on Agents

Wednesday's #WoVOChat on the value of agents in your VO business was quite informative. We had a broad spectrum of visitors and responses.  Bobbin Beam and Chuck Davis had awesome answers and leadership on this topic, and our moderator Pamela Muldoon completes the team with her organizational and content marketing skills. Thanks to all who participated and contributed invaluable answers, experience, and observations.   We continue to see new faces each episode of #WoVOChat, and we're glad you … [Read More...]

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WOVOCHAT - AGENTS

Do You Need a VO Talent Agent?

It's OK, you don't have to answer.  In fact there may not BE a right or wrong answer...it could be sort of a personal thing. Talent agencies pretty much were the T-1 line to VO jobs back in the day.  … [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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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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VO Tools

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Strictly Classifed!

My constant hammering away at the situation with outgoing ISDN and incoming IP remote recording solutions often shakes loose a few informational tidbits from unexpected corners of the … [Read More...]

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SessionLinkPro

"What was that again?" I said to Jason Rooney. My ears perked up when Rooney - a friend and VO Pro - mentioned he had successfully completed a remote recording using an IP connection service I'd … [Read More...]

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Dream It. Do It.

Motivational, Self-help, How-To, Inspirational training is the clichè's clichè.  So ubiquitous is the genre that it used to demand entire sections of Borders Bookstore.  Now it … [Read More...]

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VO Niches

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io9.com?

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

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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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WoVO’s Most Asked Question

"What's in it for me?" Lots.  But a good bit of it is intangible, and you have to have magic spectacles. Remember those from the Nicolas Cage movie "National Treasure"?  In the … [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 … [Read More...]

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