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9 “Musts” Before Posting an Audition

Actually, there are  maybe 15-20 things you CAN do before you send each audition...but these 7 points cannot be overlooked...the Holy Grail of "must-do" actions on the pre-flight list.This checklist is humbly submitted as my own intellectual content.  I don't count myself among the top earners in voiceover land, so maybe you should just ignore this blog...move on and consider taking a course by Marc Cashman or Bill DeWees.What I'm saying is: this is offered with no guarantee of success...more of … [Read More...]

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7 Disruptive Technologies Shaping Voice Acting

That word: "disruptive" is showing up everywhere...typically in relation to social media of late.  But disruptive technologies appear all through the history of civilization...it's just happening at a faster pace now.Disruptive technology or disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology there.* Examples: -The Wheel -The … [Read More...]

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Be a Newbie Again

Remember that unbridled passion and energy you had when you decided to get into voice-acting?  I remember being almost giddy. Most days, those emotions still sustain me.  I've since added to it confidence, experience, wisdom, and something else that --honestly -- can be a detriment:  pride.Funny thing, pride.  It's what sustains your ego, and having chutzpah is not always a bad thing as a voice actor.  But pride also gets in the way, 'cause it's connected to status; and therein lies the trap.  … [Read More...]

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WoVO’s 2nd VO Rates (RADAR) Roundtable is Must-See!

We're in the communications business, right?  So, it makes sense that at the most basic level, we should communicate with EACH OTHER about our business.It's no secret that like many other industries disrupted by the internet, voice acting is seeing market forces changing legacy compensation rates.  There may be no stopping it, or altering it.  But in the chase to keep up with it...to identify the changes, we can educate ourselves to better decisions in our own individual VO businesses.In that … [Read More...]

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Essentials vs. Electives

Advice for mounting a successful voiceover career is everywhere.  Even that guy -- Dave Courvoisier --- wrote a book about it...so  how tough can it be?Tough.  Success at VO can be elusive as hell.  You hear from those who make it...but we'll never know how many tried and gave up.  Thousands, probably.Once you've got some seasoning under your belt, you KNOW your shortcomings, and it's safer to find help in that direction, 'cause you can rely on peers for referrals.Problem is: advice -- although … [Read More...]

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#WoVOChat Results: Commercials

The production of Radio and TV commercials forms the backbone of the voiceover industry.  While commercials no longer define the scope of opportunities for voice actors, the medium offers some of the … [Read More...]

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#WoVOChat Wednesday: Commercials!

When you start out in voice-over work...what's the first demo you put together? Commercial, right? We all kinda want that to be our bread 'n' butter.  It doesn't always work out that way...but that … [Read More...]

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#WoVOChat Results: Audiobooks

Some voice-actors put audiobook narration at the center of their business.  The rest just shake their heads, and are often known to say:  "...I just don't know how they do it!..."You could say that … [Read More...]

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Have Demo, Will Travel

In a new twist to an old scam, certain demo producers are apparently willing to bring the total demo solution TO YOUR HOME!This is just so wrong on so many levels I don't know where to start.Think I'm … [Read More...]

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VO Rates Roundtable

Don't fault me or WoVO for focusing so much on voiceover compensation rates lately.  We're only trying to keep up with the crazy pace of this industry.  No one topic garners more interest among … [Read More...]

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Saving For a Rainy Day…

...and I don't mean money (at least not in THIS post).No, I'm talking about banking information...the new currency.There is SO MUCH valuable content online these days, that one MUST have a mechanism … [Read More...]

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A Free VO Education

Most all of my uber-talented, seasoned, and generous peers in voiceover land will share their experience freely if you just ask.Mike Lenz asked...he asked a lot of people, including me.Mike and I … [Read More...]

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#WoVOChat This Week: AudioBooks

When people ask me about a career in voiceovers, I almost always say in my answer somewhere:  "...it's a marathon, not a sprint..."What is ALSO true, is that within the voice0ver … [Read More...]

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How “Cord-Cutting” Affects VO

An entire generation of “millennial” consumers have no idea what a TV antenna is, have never purchased a cable subscription, and can’t wait for wearable computing to hit its stride (Apple iWatch is a start). In the first three months of 2015, traditional cable lost 105,000 subscribers, satellite lost 74,000, and TV providers 143,000. (USAToday)..and that […]

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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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Update, Renew, Freshen

This is the sad state of affairs in today's world:  everything is cursory.I'm speaking mostly of content, attention spans, and trends.  Nothing stands still.  Everything is always … [Read More...]

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