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StudioBricks: Lego’s on Steroids

A professional recording studio will cost you some money.  A good one, anyway. And by that I mean one that keeps the bad noise out, the good noise in, and preferably has fresh circulated air.  Of course there's more to a good audiobooth than that, but I'm not the expert at this...Stéphane Brochu IS.  Stéphane is the North American point-of-contact for StudioBricks, a fairly new contender in the studio recording booth market.  Stéphane is located in Montreal, Quebec, but the headquarters of … [Read More...]

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Truth in Headshots

Embarrassingly, in February of this year, while speaking at Bill DeWees' VO Revolution workshop -- I came in after a previous speaker, and told the attendees the exact opposite of what they had just heard about headshots. I've written about this before, but I think it bears repeating...and I don't expect everyone will agree with me, but hear me out, and then decide for yourself. The argument against a voiceactor utilizing a HeadShot (recent photo portrait) No, all the jokes about "I have a … [Read More...]

SIMO JULIO 2014

Simone Stands Up

Think about how people or brands show up on your radar.  Marketing wisdom says it takes 7-10 "exposures" for people to even recognize that you or your business exists. Other things that come into play: an attitude of excellence abundance of talent reputation willingness to help personal contact hard work There's more, but certainly a person or business meeting the above criteria might be someone you'd want to hire, or associate with, or have in your circle of friends, no? And so it … [Read More...]

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Your First Audition – Over and Over Again

Narrating my own book is a gas!  If I leave out a word for pacing, or add a phrase to better explain something, I'm pretty sure the QC guys won't be sending me a list of corrections...'cause I'M the QC guy...and it's MY book! More Than Just A Voice: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success is selling briskly on Amazon, but there are a surprising number of people waiting for the audiobook version. I'm pedaling as fast as I can to get it done, but in the meantime, here's an excerpt from one of the … [Read More...]

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“On SoundCloud”

"On SoundCloud" is a new offering from SoundCloud.  I wish I could say there is a clear comparison chart that explains the difference between your regular SoundCloud membership, and membership in "On SoundCloud", but I haven't found one yet. The email that came Wednesday explained it thusly:  "On SoundCloud lays the foundation for creators to make money from their work on the platform." Hmmm, OK, I'm listening.  What else?  (Keep in mind SoundCloud caters more to musicians than anyone else, … [Read More...]

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Are You “Managing” Your Content?

The new darling catch-phrase on the lips of savvy marketers and "online experts" these days is CONTENT MANAGEMENT. A professional "content manager" must be the most coveted position in the pantheon … [Read More...]

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Respect Others’ Time

The older I get the less time I have for frivolous; especially in emails, and emails from perfect strangers. Now, I understand "frivolous" means different things to different people, so let's apply … [Read More...]

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Ya Gotta Draw the Line Somewhere

#1 Question I get from people at VO Social Media seminars: "When do you sleep?" What they really mean is..."I don't have enough time in the day to be present on all those social media sites, and … [Read More...]

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VO Education

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Can I Clear My Throat, or Not?

Every 6 months I see my ENT Physician.  He clears the wax out of my ears, looks up my nose, mumbles something to his assistant, then sticks a camera scope down into my throat.  It's mildly irritating, … [Read More...]

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VO Tools

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4 Apps Too Good NOT to Mention

One of the main reasons I wrote the book "More Than Just a Voice" is to put the spotlight on the more hidden skills you have to develop to be a successful freelance voice-actor.  People think they … [Read More...]

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Kick Open a Connection

Although it's been relatively quiet of late, the "ISDN Successor Wars" are still simmering.  Recapping:  as TelCos do their best to rid themselves of paired copper wire connections and switching … [Read More...]

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Op/Ed

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Diversionary Tactics

What do you do to totally take yourself out of yourself? I shoulda been a long-haul trucker.  I'm a fool for the road. Saturday morning at 6am, I left Las Vegas for Keystone, … [Read More...]

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The Value of Chutzpah

Chutzpah roughly means "audacity".  Not the DAW software... rather "chutzpah" is a Yiddish word meaning audacity -- exhibiting gall, backbone, and spine.  Chutzpah is pronounced … [Read More...]

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A Deal on SFx Package

Among the hundreds of emails I get almost every day is an occasional offer on software or some sort of digital resource from "Mighty Deals". Often it's an esoteric font, or some … [Read More...]

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VO Niches

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Read This Online Mag

For months, I used to share the contents of EQ magazine here on my blog.  My subscription was free, and the publishers didn’t seem to mind.  Even then, the target reader audience was musicians, music producers, studio engineers, and audiophiles.  While that may seem to us voice-actors to be a bit off-the-mark, the content of […]

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How Could You NOT Notice…

...all the great things Edge Studio is doing...and doing...and doing? Their programs, the coaches, the national tour by founder/VO expert David Goldberg.  Not to mention an … [Read More...]

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This One Time…at Band Camp…

... only it wasn't Band Camp. It was FaffCamp. I've attended 4 of 6 FaffCon Unconferences, but somehow the inaugural FaffCamp slipped through my fingers. I've always regretted … [Read More...]

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