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CourVO on WoVO

Apologies in advance if you're tired of me spouting off about World-Voices Organization (WoVO).  Here's why I do that: I'm a founder and an officer on the board of directors (proud of WoVO) WoVO's mission is worth supporting Voice actors deserve to have a true Industry Trade Association representing their needs and concerns Big things are happening! More big things are planned for 2015! For instance, major internal organizational decisions involving our presence on the web, in your … [Read More...]

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HuffPo on VO

Print publication coverage of the voice-over business is usually lame...even online (which is where "print" is going). Typically, it's some thinly veiled promotion for a local VO workshop in the guise of a factual article. TV news does this too...which shows the power of today's "News Release", or video PR release.  It's also called:  "journalists being lazy".  It's just easier to take the info sent to you by an advertising or PR firm, and modify it slightly so you can call it a news … [Read More...]

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Take THAT, ISDN!

This'll be brief. Info in today's blog relates back specifically to yesterday's blog (Lobbing the Grenade Into No-No Land). What I'm about to reveal harkens back even further to any number of articles I've written over the last five years that indicates the certain and now accelerating death march of the ISDN SOP (standard operating procedure) that has ruled the roost in the voiceover business since....forever.  Repeating the mantra of ISDN's demise has shaken loose lots of interesting … [Read More...]

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Lobbing the Grenade Into No-No Land

Politics Religion Mac v. PC Many times I've encouraged social media enthusiasts to stay away from three online topics. Tired Flames When you engage in those issues, there are no flame-war winners...so why bother?  Not that the debate has no value...of course it does...but something about the milieu of social media seems to make it unsolvable and often hurtful.  And yes, participants and lurkers learn something from a civil back 'n' forth, but the time and effort seems wasted because these … [Read More...]

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Will Your VO Business Benefit From These New Social Networks?

7 years ago, a couple of enterprising geeks launched a social network called TWITTER.  You could only write messages of up to 140 characters.  Pundits scoffed.  Now those guys are billionaires. Thousands of these experiments have launched since then.  They come and go.  Some die spectacular deaths (My Space), others are actually very useful, but never seem to catch on.  (Catch, Springpad, Amplify).  Others seem to be a nuisance, and survive anyway (Referral Key). The question becomes whether … [Read More...]

VO Social Media

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Ya Gotta Draw The Line Somewhere

#1 Question I get from people at VO conferences and events: "When do you sleep?" What they really mean is..."I don't have enough time in the day to be present on all those social media sites, and do … [Read More...]

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R.I.P. Voice-Over FB Group

Social Media can be a huge time waster, and/or an incredible resource.  You hold the key to which it will be. A lot of voice actors seem befuddled by Twitter.  Many more are ON FaceBook, but seem … [Read More...]

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Weekend Deadline

Yesterday brought a flood of responses to my announcement about merging my FaceBook Voice-Over Friends group into Terry Daniels' Voice-Over Pros Place FaceBook group. The reaction was almost … [Read More...]

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VO Education

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15+ Dialects Sites

English is the only language I speak.  Sure, I'm jealous of my VO friends who speak two or more languages...they're more marketable...but I still feel like I'm learning English! So how hard can it be … [Read More...]

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“You know, I used to be a….”

Never.  Never have I run across a voice-actor who began life as a voice-actor.  Everyone came to the profession from somewhere else.  A good many began in broadcasting...especially radio.  Some from … [Read More...]

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VO Tools

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More ISDN Death Knell Predictions?

Just a few days ago, I posted a quick blog about Telos' Z/IP product.  More than just an ISDN codec, it also has IP functionality built-in.  My point in writing about it was that here is one of the … [Read More...]

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Telos Z/IP

Yes...I know...ISDN is not dead yet.  OK, got it. But when one of  the top makers of ISDN codecs begins moving aggressively to design and market its newest IP solution for remote hi-fidelity … [Read More...]

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Op/Ed

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Continuing the Conversation…

Seems like I'm not the only one who's had their sensibilities tweaked by the ubiquitous presence of the word "conversational" in audition directions from the agent/client/producer … [Read More...]

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18 Days Early…

...and yet, I have reason to be thankful beyond measure. I don't remember the first few, but my most recent birthdays -- especially this one -- are notably poignant. Sunday, … [Read More...]

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VO Business

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5 End-of-Year VO Reminders

Holiday "creep" is upon us...and it starts sooner every year.  Sheesh, WalMart had Christmas trees up at the end of July! Why is it that the days seem to drag on and on...but the … [Read More...]

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6 Realities of Working 2 Jobs

How many voice-actors do you know who graduated from State U with a major in voice-acting? I thought so. Ok, then...how many voice-actors do you know who earned their degree in … [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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Oh, I Wish!

This is probably not going to happen for me, but maybe you could still make it! VOXMAS! The UK's premiere voice-over conference (VOX) is next May, but in just a few weeks, the … [Read More...]

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About this time of year my wife and I start really missing the change of seasons. In Vegas, the Summer heat goes away, but you can't really say Autumn expresses its full blush in … [Read More...]

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VO Community

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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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