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Harder Than it Looks

In the middle of Kansas... At a roadside restaurant, customers will find one of these mindless puzzles offered as a means to wile away the time waiting for their food... Name the restaurant chain....

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Leaf Skeleton

... the framework of a Sassafras tree leaf is all that remains after a precision attack by Japanese Beetles. ... Heading back across America's Heartland tomorrow....

Tunnel of Trees

Land Between the Lakes is a preserve...a peninsula between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Traveling a one-lane road there, in this pristine wilderness, resulted in the following sun-dappled video. [video src="https://courvo.com/wp-content/uploads/img_2043.trim_.mov"...

Fruit of the Vine

My father - a Swiss native - predictably planted grape vines on the farm decades ago. They are doing fine all these years later....

Voice Over Education

No SEO Will Survive THIS Search Method

Just when you think you might be gaining ground in the holy grail of search optimization, along comes a method for finding voice actors from way out in left field.

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...

World Voices #WoVochat

VO Business & Compensation

Harder Than it Looks

In the middle of Kansas... At a roadside restaurant, customers will find one of these mindless puzzles offered as a means to wile away the time waiting for their food... Name the restaurant chain....

Leaf Skeleton

... the framework of a Sassafras tree leaf is all that remains after a precision attack by Japanese Beetles. ... Heading back across America's Heartland tomorrow....

Voice Over Education

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

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?

...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...

VO Email Marketing

Your email signature bookends your salutation.  Both are perfunctory, and yet pertinent.As overlooked as the signature can be...don't you always notice when it's missing?...or minimal...or overdone?The email signature for a voice-actor is part marketing, part...

3 Warnings About Blog Titles With Numbers in Them

Why?  Because it’s a manipulative device to get you to read it!  That’s the #1 reason.  You don’t want to be manipulated do you?  Virtually every last blog about and for bloggers mentions this magic formula.  I’m sure there’s some psychological reason behind it…so let...

Break the Mold

It's late...or early...whichever.  The clock says 3:32am as I write this.We're creatures of habit, tending to keep the same schedules.  Mine is a late one.  Yes, I do sleep.  My sleep hours are just not YOUR sleep hours.  Personally, I believe the hours from  midnight...

What AGE is Your Voice?

Does a voice HAVE an age?  Well, I mean, of course it has the age associated with the cords' owner but can you tell a person's age by their voice? Or vice-versa...does a certain timbre/quality of voice HAVE an age?I go back to the analogy surrounding race.  The...

Voice Over Hardware & Software tools

Pronounceology

Voice Actors who see a need in our business, and fill it with a great idea.
Here’s a perfect example.

Voice Over Events

Voice Over Niches

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The Mighty MIc

…our unofficial mascot. Our sword. Most of us wish we could afford yet ANOTHER one. Yes? Here are some ideas.

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Get Paid!

With a new year looming…your top priority should be getting jobs, and that means getting paid.
Here’s a list of the best ways to do that with the least cost.

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