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How Teddy Roosevelt Can Make You a Better Voice Actor

In my book, Ken Burns walks on water.  Everyone should watch every single documentary he's ever made. I am not a big fan of baseball, but I watched all nine episodes (innings) of his history of baseball with awe.  Same with the Civil War, Lewis & Clark, The National Parks, The Dust Bowl...they're all just at the top of filmaking's pinnacle.  'Rather watch Reality TV?....puh-lease!  It's like comparing a noisy dirt bike to a Rolls Royce. If you think the mixture of good research, … [Read More...]

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WoVO: The Two Most-Asked Questions

Disclaimer:  I'm an officer and a founder of World-Voices Organization, and an unabashed advocate for its acceptance. Neither union, nor guild, nor agent; World-Voices (WoVO) is the subject of many blogs here.  I believe in the need for an industry trade organization for voice-actors...even though I hate the word "industry" (it makes me think of steel mills and railroads). But that's what we are:  an Industry Trade Association...and that brings me to the first most-asked question about … [Read More...]

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Telos Sans ISDN

John Bisset of Telos Alliance was at the table next to mine at Faffcon 7's "meet the sponsors" event.  I didn't have a lot of time to talk to him other than to mention that I owned an XStream codec...then we were both off to talk to people visiting our displays.  He seemed like an affable, knowledgeable fellow (that's him in the black shirt next to Steve Cunningham). Telos is synonymous with ISDN in my world.  That's probably my fault.  I'm sure it's a big company with lots of products.  I have … [Read More...]

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VO’s Top 8 Clichés (and why we could be wrong about them)

Do you know what "jaded" means? It means:  "worn out or weary"...as in: we're too close to VO, and so immersed in the culture that we're over-exposed to it.  We view as -- tired -- the very things that identify us to our non-professional audience.  Those identifiers become trite or cliché to us. But are they cliché to the people we need in our work?...the clients, the prospects, the listeners?  Probably not. Are they cliché to producers, agents, studios?  Maybe. (Using my best Rod Serling … [Read More...]

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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 changed my life!" grows old for people who did not or could not attend.  Bear with me one more time. For the 100 souls in the Class of 2014 photo above, FaffCon7 will profoundly affect on their career.  A few bullet-points on my remembrances: The largest Faffcon donation EVAR to a local charity:  $5500 to Words on … [Read More...]

VO Social Media

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Two Months

Voice actors are not alone.  We simultaneously revile and revel in Social Media, just like everybody else on the planet. This whole thing with celebrity photos being hacked off iCloud...and the scare … [Read More...]

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Are You “Managing” Your Content?

The new darling catch-phrase on the lips of savvy marketers and "online experts" these days is CONTENT MANAGEMENT. A professional "content manager" must be the most coveted position in the pantheon … [Read More...]

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Respect Others’ Time

The older I get the less time I have for frivolous; especially in emails, and emails from perfect strangers. Now, I understand "frivolous" means different things to different people, so let's apply … [Read More...]

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VO Education

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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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AudioTX Rebirth

When I first got into ISDN, I connected through AudioTX.  Not that many people are familiar with it.  AudioTX is a UK firm with a 14-yr track record in connectivity.  The equipment is nothing like a … [Read More...]

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The “Other” Voiceover

Years ago, I was lamenting (complaining, really) that Apple chose the word "voiceover" for the voice command functions on the iOS devices.  It just made searching for topics in our industry much less … [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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Why Loyalty Matters

Tuesday, Apple will be making some big announcements.  There will be some new iPhone models, a new iOS, maybe a smartwatch to be revealed.  Then Tim Cook will  offer at least one … [Read More...]

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VO Business

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It’s Not Over ‘Til…

...Cliff Zellman says it's over. 'Nearly midnight Sunday night... the last night of FaffCon7...and Dallas' favorite son is still holding court... running a clinic on copy … [Read More...]

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Faffcon 7 Begins

Not even Amy knows how many lives she's touched nor how many livelihoods she's secured for others in the many selfless acts of Faffcon. Thanks for all you've done and continue to … [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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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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Why You Should Avoid FaffCon

Where do I start?  How much time do you have? The DEPTH of my dissatisfaction is unplumbed! OK, probably the best way to handle this is with a list, so here goes: FafffCon … [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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Truth in Headshots

Embarrassingly, in February of this year, while speaking at Bill DeWees' VO Revolution workshop -- I came in after a previous speaker, and told the attendees the exact opposite of … [Read More...]

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