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“You know, I used to be a….”

“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 (ahem) TV, or production, or audio engineering... but seriously... do you know of anyone who...

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Short Messages for Busy People

Short Messages for Busy People

Attention spans are beyond short.  These days they're miniscule. The teenage generation of today doesn't even use email.  According to the Pew Research Center, only 6% of teens exchange email daily.  They reserve email for "official" communications. Most are happier with FaceBook Messaging, Kik,...

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Wanna Know How To Become Rich?

Wanna Know How To Become Rich?

John Pozadzides goes by the name John-P.  Email me if you want to know how to REALLY pronounce his last name. Anyway, John-P and I have been friends for years.  Were it not for him, I'm not sure how we would've handled moving my daughter into her college experience in Ft. Worth several years ago. ...

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Resolve To Be Resolute

Embarrassment is a huge motivator. It’s behind the fear of public speaking, the shame of failing, and the guilt of broken promises. For that reason, many have urged the open sharing of goals with friends, acquaintances, and public forums.  The psychology behind this posits that the embarrassment...

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Here’s a Scary Thought for Halloween…

Here’s a Scary Thought for Halloween…

...there are just two months left to 2012! ...and if you are into the whole Mayan Calendar prediction...there's not even that much time. (but the positive side to THAT school of thought:  you won't have to worry about buying Christmas presents!). I point all this out...not to overstate the...

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Diminishing Returns

Diminishing Returns

When the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was in Las Vegas in January, I made a B-Line for the Blue Microphones booth so I could drool. I wrote about that visit in this January blog: CES for VO's...then again in March: CourVO on Blue Blog.  I also met with the Blue mic reps at their VOICE2012...

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5 Ways to Spot Predatory VO Demo Coaches/Schools

5 Ways to Spot Predatory VO Demo Coaches/Schools

Believe me, I know this topic has been ballyhooed, broadcast, and blogged-about for years...but apparently it bears repeating. Yesterday, I got an email from a respected voice over training studio in NYC warning again of the actions of scammy demo mills taking money from unsuspecting and eager...

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5 Ways to Conquer “The Wall”

5 Ways to Conquer “The Wall”

You're there...standing right in front of it, and it appears immovable.  There's no way around it, and no way over it. Chances are you yourself have created the wall, so it's insidiously well-designed to foil any attempts to find a weakness.  You know yourself too well. It's the agent (or agents)...

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5 End-of-Year VO Reminders

5 End-of-Year VO Reminders

2011. Was it good to your business?...a "growth" year?...a "development" year?...the "payoff" year? Regardless, if you want to continue to build momentum into 2012, some 2011 housekeeping duties will put you in a good position for the New Year.  Just a couple of items that come up about this time...

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7 VO Reasons to go paperless…

...and none of them are "green" reasons. Not that I don't believe in saving trees...I've just found other compelling arguments for eschewing stacks of studio paper. 1)  Flatscreen monitors are felony cheap.  I bought a 23" LG HDMI monitor at Fry's Electronics for $189.  The deals get better every...

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