My Most Surprising Excellent Start to the New Year

by | Jan 6, 2017 | Fun Stuff | 7 comments

Sunday I was down.  I dislike January, and the start to any new year.  As I’ve explained before, that “fresh slate” doesn’t motivate me, it only reminds me of all that remained undone from the year before, and that ALSO does not motivate me.  Goal-setting has proven not to be a valuable concept in my understanding of the world…so the whole thing about New Year’s Resolutions is a further frustration this time of year.  Yuck!

Then…a phone call out of no where from Germany.  Only it wasn’t from Germany, it was from a German citizen in Las Vegas.  A CES-attending German citizen in Las Vegas (named Oliver)…and he needed help.

His advertising firm was representing some of the interests of Harman Kardon at the huge conference.  Yes, THAT Harman Kardon; the well-known manufacturer of hi-fidelity home and car audio equipment.  The VR presentation they came to the conference with included an audio track that had a horrible mis-pronunciation of the name of the company.  Unacceptable really.  Not sure how anyone could’ve gotten that wrong…but it needed to be fixed…NOW…like, within hours.

I suppose it’s a testament of the work to raise my profile on the internet, that Oliver Google’d Las Vegas voice actors and found CourVO.  He called.  Luckily, he spoke excellent English, and could I help them out of a fix? 

Yes, as a matter of fact, THIS assignment is highly preferable to sitting on my New Year’s pity-pot.  WORK I understand. 

He sent the script, the video with the horrible pronunciation, and asked for a couple of takes.  He also wondered if I could please transcribe the script FROM the video, because he didn’t have that script.

An hour later, he had my fresh takes (with the right pronunciation), the new script, and my promise to sit tight until the bosses in a time zone 8 hours away would lend approval.  Done.

His only question to me was:  could he pay me in cash?  I told him I’d wait until I knew he was satisfied.  They were.

Tonight, with fresh dollar bills in my hand, and some exuberant, grateful, and satisfied customers, I now have a new friend at a big advertising firm in Munchen, Germany.

2017 is gonna be a good year.  I can feel it.





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  1. Mike Coon

    Dear Dave:
    What a great story! Thank goodness for the Interwebs!!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Jack

    Fantastic! I guess you never know where that next gig will come from and not a bad name to have on your resume.

    I was at the doctor’s office just before Christmas, hoping I wouldn’t have to have knee surgery. Anyway, I was talking to this guy and we of course had plenty of time to talk. He is a creative director for a video production company in Orlando. I told him I was a VO talent and what I have done so far, next thing you know we are exchange cards. He called me on Tuesday, liked my Commercial demo and hired me for a nice gig in Orlando for a brokerage firm. (By the way, no knee surgery, yeah!)

    Like I said, you never know…

    Hope to see you at VO Atlanta,


  3. Lance DeBock

    Outstanding Dave, Yeah you never know where it’s going to come from. A few years ago I got a call from Abrams Agency in New York wondering if they could rent my ISDN studio for the weekend.

    It was in the summer and the actor who was to voice the spots (Neil Bledsoe) was shooting a ‘Mob Movie’ movie here at the Jersey Shore (imagine that). He couldn’t go back and forth to New York and still meet his shooting schedule, so I got the call from his agent and booked the studio for the weekend.

    Turns out the commercials were National spots for the Verizon ‘Droid’, and let’s just say financially “it was an offer I couldn’t refuse!”

    Be happy to send you some shots of Neil in action in the studio if you like. Just contact me at [email protected] and I’ll get them over to you.

  4. Jan Eliot

    Great story Dave! And congratulations too . Feeling a little like you with regards to a new year and the resolutions that seem to go along with it – it was great to read of this unexpected goodness that arrived in time to ease the anxiety of a new year .Well Done!


  5. Beverly Bremers

    Dave – Congratulations on a very cool start to the new year! Yah! Who needs resolutions?!!

  6. Sylvain

    Congratulations Dave! You are always top notch!

  7. Dorothy

    Excellent post, Dave. Good to hear you got what you needed to kick-start 2017!


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