You know it when you see it, you know it when you taste it, and you know it when you hear it.

Excellence.  Cream of the crop.

This weekend, I heard it…I heard a lot of it…and I’m more the blessed for it.

For two days I shared a close room with 12 other talented male VO artists from three countries, along with VO coach par excellence Marice Tobias, and her producer Paul.  It was like Gestalt Therapy…I kid you not.

I know I’m no slacker.  I work hard, and I’ve been given many gifts by my creator.  These are not arrogant words…they’re the words of someone who knows his blessings and his curses…his talents and his limitations.  This weekend I was humbled, and in the best sense of the word.

When you’re around talent, you soak it up…when you rub shoulders with accomplishment, you become inspired.  When you’re challenged to be better, it’s no mistake, and who in their right mind wouldn’t answer the challenge?  I feel I did.  I worked hard. I listened intently.  I stepped up….and yet, I see so much work to do.

At Marice Tobias’ Men of Voice Over talent workshop this past weekend in Las Vegas, I felt the shift.  The shift from practitioner to professional.  Again: arrogance?…no, confidence. There’s a big difference.

To the VO pros I now call friend:  I could listen to any of your voices all day long.  You have moved me with your time and your talents.  I wanna be like you when I grow up.  I look forward to the next time we meet.

Thank you Mike Stoudt, Paul Boucher, Tom Chantler, Bill Lloyd, Tracy Spinney, Jon Rivers, James Belliveau, Mark Barbolak, Doug Medlock, Ward Sexton, Tony Banks, and John McCalmont.

CourVO

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