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5 Ways to Protect Yourself From VO Scammers

5 Ways to Protect Yourself From VO Scammers

...and not just "Nigerian Princes". I'm talking about predatory coaches and weekend demo mills too. |author's note: this blog repurposed from 2016...from one of the many times a familiar scam has been foisted on the VO community| Fraud and trust-betrayals are endemic...

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Video Tips for Voice Actors

Video Tips for Voice Actors

Voice actors tend to shy away from facing a camera. They shouldn’t. Now more than ever, the camera offers new marketing opportunities.

CA’s AB-5: A Legal Expert (and voice actor) Responds

CA’s AB-5: A Legal Expert (and voice actor) Responds

This is the part of interactive journaism I love.  Blogging isn't exactly journalism, unless you happen to be a life-long journalist; then I think it qualifies. And to qualify, a journalist has to be willing to go the extra length to make sure he gets the story right...

Voice Over Education

World Voices #WoVochat

WoVOCon Community?…Priceless!

WoVOCon Community?…Priceless!

World-Voices Organization's 6th-annual conference in Las Vegas wrapped up at 6pm Sunday night. Most all of the 115 attendees, presenters, sponsors, and speakers were walking two feet off the ground when they walked out the door. That's the kind of energy these...

In:Quality at NAB

In:Quality at NAB

The makers of ipDTL (and now new related products) makes its stand at the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas

VO Business & Compensation

Voice Over Education

VO Coaching Conundrums

Apparently, a lot of people want to coach voice acting these days. But why?…and who? When does a voice talent become a voice coach…and where are the rules & regs? A few observations within…

Creative VO Prospecting

Yesterday, I was reading through my Google Alerts, and came across a Craigslist ad placed by a seasoned VO pro.  I've re-printed most of it for you to see below the line-break.  The ad came complete with a graphic, phone #, website address, a map to his major U-S city...

Clearing Out the Crud

When your speaking apparatus is gunked-up... you can't keep up your VO commitments so well. And Boy Howdy, this is the season for gunking! How many times have I seen anguished posts on social media groups begging anyone for quick-fix solutions that will allow the...

Starting Out

Launching into the world of voice acting is a steep challenge.  There are no manuals, but plenty of "opportunities".  The opportunities range from legitimate offers of help to outright predation, and everything in between...including the costs involved. As you would...

Qualified to be a VO Coach?

The estimate that only 5% of voice actors are truly supporting themselves and their families with strictly voiceover work is probably close to correct. (remember, 47.93% of all numbers quoted online are made-up). Whatever the number (almost impossible to discern),...

My Monday Night Visitor

What day of the week would you say comes with the highest concentration of VO audition requests? Uh-huh.  Monday. Now, let me explain that my prime daypart for recording auditions is midnight to 3am.  Lately I've also adding 11am - 1pm after I rise, for doing...

Your Homework Assignment for Tonight

Your Homework Assignment for Tonight

Does anybody watch TV without the DVR running in the background any more?  Either way, your homework assignment for tonight is to play back pay a prime-time or prime-time access program and pay special attention to the commercials. Right.  The thing that we all...

Lookin’ For a Reason To Come To Vegas?

Lookin’ For a Reason To Come To Vegas?

...like you really needed one, right? Well, September 10th-11th is apparently a very popular VO weekend in Las Vegas. Two coveted voice acting coaches will be here for weekend workshops. #1.  Pat Fraley Pat is hands-down one of the top VO coaches...he could do this on...

Voice Over Hardware & Software tools

WAVSplitter: Next-Gen Word2WAV

WAVSplitter: Next-Gen Word2WAV

Specialty software designed just for voice-actors is rare.  It's usually musicians, producers, or DJ's etc. who are the target, and voiceover artists have to adapt it. But Word2Wav was one of those unique, gems-of-a-program that could save you, the voice actor, hours...

5 Creative Ways to Evaluate a Voiceover Colleague’s Demo

5 Creative Ways to Evaluate a Voiceover Colleague’s Demo

Lord knows it's hard enough to be honest with YOURSELF about your demos.  It's even harder to be candid, yet diplomatic with your peers when they ask you for an opinion about THEIR demo. And yet, the call eventually comes...that email with an attachment.  Someone...

Coolest Online Digital Tool EVARR

Coolest Online Digital Tool EVARR

Anyone who's had to build a story using subject interviews under deadline pressure (TV reporters?) knows the drill. You can't really compose the narrative until you know exactly what the interview subjects actually say...so the first task - while the clock is ticking...

Voice Over Events

WoVOCon Community?…Priceless!

WoVOCon Community?…Priceless!

World-Voices Organization's 6th-annual conference in Las Vegas wrapped up at 6pm Sunday night. Most all of the 115 attendees, presenters, sponsors, and speakers were walking two feet off the ground when they walked out the door. That's the kind of energy these...

In:Quality at NAB

In:Quality at NAB

The makers of ipDTL (and now new related products) makes its stand at the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas

Voice Over Niches

5 Ways to Protect Yourself From VO Scammers

5 Ways to Protect Yourself From VO Scammers

...and not just "Nigerian Princes". I'm talking about predatory coaches and weekend demo mills too. |author's note: this blog repurposed from 2016...from one of the many times a familiar scam has been foisted on the VO community| Fraud and trust-betrayals are endemic...

Video Tips for Voice Actors

Video Tips for Voice Actors

Voice actors tend to shy away from facing a camera. They shouldn’t. Now more than ever, the camera offers new marketing opportunities.

Voice Over Hardware & Software tools

WoVOCon Community?…Priceless!

WoVOCon Community?…Priceless!

World-Voices Organization's 6th-annual conference in Las Vegas wrapped up at 6pm Sunday night. Most all of the 115 attendees, presenters, sponsors, and speakers were walking two feet off the ground when they walked out the door. That's the kind of energy these...

Voice Over Community