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A Defense of the “First Take”

A Defense of the “First Take”

The main point of this blog is not going to sit well with many...least of all the accomplished voice coaches I've worked with. So, consider this point of view more as an idea I'm floating out there as an alternative.  It's a counter-argument to the other end of the spectrum,which is a school of...

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Don’t Dread Drymouth

Tonight, I'll climb into my studio, and once again face the spectre of dry-mouth.Dry mouth equals mouth clicks, and mouth clicks equals a noisy recording, and a noisy recording means longer editing time.  Yes, I drink gallons of distilled water every day (I get kidneystones if I don't). ...

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Marking Digital Copy

Marking Digital Copy

Three things I had to get used to when I began making the switch-over from TV News Anchorman to voiceover talent:I could do more than one take of any particular copyI could mark-up my scriptsI could gesticulate all I wanted when delivering linesI still struggle with all three.  In fact, I've...

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Let’s Get Dialectic

Let’s Get Dialectic

Many voice actors think that you're either gifted with the ability to do dialects or you're not.  I suppose it's true that some might grasp the nuances of dialects faster than others.  But that's also true of audiobook narration, videogame voice-acting, and promo voices. Anyone can learn the...

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My Battle With “It”

My Battle With “It”

It's a darn shame, doncha think? So tell me...what does the "it" refer to in the sentence above? It's crazy isn't it? (same question) "IT" has become the most overused, misunderstood, misused "crutch" word in the English language. Lately, I've been going back through emails, bio's, letters, news...

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5 Ways VO’s Can Use Evernote: Part 2

5 Ways VO’s Can Use Evernote: Part 2

Seriously, I'm having trouble keeping the list to just 10 tips (Monday and today).  If you haven't read it yet, check out Monday's blog with Part 1, 5 Ways VO's Can Use Evernote.  There are some helpful links to get you started. Honestly, I don't think even the Evernote staff understand all the...

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Teck-Neeks

Teck-Neeks

Sorry for the horrid misspelling.  Did it bring you this far?  Good...then read on. Today's article is a guest blog provided by Amanda Clarke of GlocMedia- a UK digital marketing agency.  They work closely with goLocalise, London's leading voice-over agency -- sometimes developing voice-over...

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The “Remote” Challenge

The “Remote” Challenge

While in Ft. Worth, TX for my daughter's college graduation, (see yesterday's blog) I got the call we all love/hate to get:  a voice over job, and they needed it yesterday. Since we all seem so overwhelmingly infatuated with creative solutions for recording on the road...and since device...

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The Key to Choosing KeyWords

The Key to Choosing KeyWords

There's that term again:  Keywords.  Everybody throws it around like it's OBVIOUS what they are, or should be.  Delve into online websites, marketing your VO services, and you'll see that keywords pop up in many of the SEO and SEM strategies that used to be so important.  I dunno.  Are they...

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5 Tips for Handling Info Overload

5 Tips for Handling Info Overload

You know me... I live, eat, and breath social media.  Believe it or not, though, I'm not the most prolific poster among my peers.  I chime in when I see fit, and I'll throw out a blog link or retweet now and then (policy subject to revision at any time). For the most part, though, I'm content...

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