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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 your voice is NOT the big draw...not usually). OK, so then here's the thing:  If video is SO big (YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world), … [Read More...]

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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 go from there? [Well, I'm not opposed to stopping briefly to enjoy some of the fruits of my labor, but in my mind it's never good to stay there too long.] The other school of thought is that the successful person who has arrived shows stability, maturity, dependability, and some people (clients?) like to put you in a … [Read More...]

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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 Telos or Musicam codec.  No box at all.  You get a dongle, some software, and then you have to purchase a terminal adaptor and an ISDN modem.  I kept having issues with it...probably due to the fact that with the AudioTX configuration, the computer does a lot of the heavy lifting, and at the time, I … [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 effective. But now that cat's out of the bag.  Heck...people in our business can't even decide whether it's spelled "voiceover", "voice over", "voice-over" or something else! The other search result that always shows up when you use the keyword "voiceover" is VOIP, or voice over internet … [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 "crutch" word in the English language. Lately, I've been going back through emails, bio's, letters, news releases, and other written content and expunging "it" from my phraseology.  Officially, "it" is a nominative pronoun.  Mostly, the word  is used to represent an inanimate thing understood, … [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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Can I Clear My Throat, or Not?

Every 6 months I see my ENT Physician.  He clears the wax out of my ears, looks up my nose, mumbles something to his assistant, then sticks a camera scope down into my throat.  It's mildly irritating, … [Read More...]

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VO Tools

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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 or two surprises, … [Read More...]

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Steinberg + iPad = Cubasis

Just the other day someone posted in an online forum with the question: "What are the best apps to record and edit audio on an iOS system".  I haven't done the research, but probably scores of apps … [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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Diversionary Tactics

What do you do to totally take yourself out of yourself? I shoulda been a long-haul trucker.  I'm a fool for the road. Saturday morning at 6am, I left Las Vegas for Keystone, … [Read More...]

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VO Niches

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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 finding its collective consciousness. Just days ago, I wrote of Simone Fojgiel’s passion for uniting the Spanish-speaking community.  See: SIMONE STANDS UP. Simone is now translating our WoVO newsletter […]

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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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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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Simone Stands Up

Think about how people or brands show up on your radar.  Marketing wisdom says it takes 7-10 "exposures" for people to even recognize that you or your business exists. Other … [Read More...]

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