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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 yourself in recent years.  (BTW, header photo taken during rooftop end-of-FaffCon party) Forgive us attendees. It's just not possible to remain silent about the inspiring moments spent in the company of gifted and giving pros. 'Having driven 6 hours between Tucson and Las Vegas...returning to a pile of unattended  … [Read More...]

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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 interpretation for anyone who's still awake enough to benefit from the tutelage. An unforgettable FaffCon among a legacy of unforgettable unconferences. Well done Faffers. Well done. CourVO … [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 do for so many! Courvo … [Read More...]

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All Is Ready

Some came early, some late...but everyone came ready. I first met my online friend Derek Chappell at Faffcon2 in Atlanta. He told me tonight he felt like such a newbie back then. Now, smarter, better coached, more connected, and a recognized Social Media maven.... Derek has more than earned his place at the table. He hasn't made every Faffcon in person, but was its biggest supporter over the years through his aggregation of all the tweets and Facebook posts during the event. Once again this … [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 events are always held in terrible locations The attendees are insufferable bores There are no activities The whole thing is organizational chaos No one gets along The energy is just....wrong After-hour events are dull All the same old stuff gets re-hashed People can't wait to leave Egos run rampant Competition … [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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Time to Retool?

Personally, I'm never too comfortable with the word "success".  That means I've arrived, and that implies a certain stoppage of progress.  If you've "arrived"...then where do you … [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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How Could You NOT Notice…

...all the great things Edge Studio is doing...and doing...and doing? Their programs, the coaches, the national tour by founder/VO expert David Goldberg.  Not to mention an … [Read More...]

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This One Time…at Band Camp…

... only it wasn't Band Camp. It was FaffCamp. I've attended 4 of 6 FaffCon Unconferences, but somehow the inaugural FaffCamp slipped through my fingers. I've always regretted … [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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