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How To Backup Your Performance Work

Hey, there!

You’ve heard me talk in class and at workshops about the importance of having backups for all of your work, especially long term projects like audiobooks.

There’s nothing quite as depressing as losing a lot of work you’ve done, especially against a deadline.

In the VO2GoGo Managing Clients and Projects class, I describe my admittedly insanely overengineered backup process.

But I think it’s so important, I’ve decided to share it with you here. And for a very special reason.

Because you shouldn’t be backing up for disaster, you should be backing up for quick recovery. Here’s what I mean. Continue Reading →

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Seven great VO success questions

Hey, there!

I’m a member of a number of LinkedIn VO groups, and in one of them, someone asked how they could tell if they would be successful at VO.

And before I could answer with my ideas, a guy named Dave Wallace pointed the poster to seven great questions to ask before jumping into VO as a career.

Here they are. Continue Reading →

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Information Saturday!

Hey, there!

Another short video for you this morning, about Saturday’s free audiobook narration teleseminar:

Yesterday’s video prompted a whole bunch of great questions all by itself about our Audiobook Performance Mastery weekend (December 10 – 11), including this big one:

“Is Saturday’s teleseminar open to you even if you haven’t signed up for the event?”

Absolutely. Anyone is welcome to dial in and ask audiobook performance-related questions and learn some simple techniques you can start using immediately. It’s easy to attend – all you need is your mobile phone or land line:

Saturday, November 19
3pm Eastern / Noon Pacific

Telephone Number to Call: 1-641-715-3640

Your Participant Access Code:
***** 4 5 9 7 8 2 ****

You MAY share that access code with others. We’re making it a public code, not an individual code.

(By the way, as Dan likes to say, “teleseminar” = “Great big telephone conference call.”)

PLEASE DIAL IN SEVEN MINUTES EARLY.

Here’s one more question I hear all the time that we’ll tackle on Saturday:

• How to read content that is italicized (like this question)

We’ll actually discuss four different ways that italicized passages can be narrated, depending upon context.

And none of those ways involves adding reverb to your narration.

Get your questions together, and if you want, pass this on to a fellow narrator.

Looking forward to talking with you on Saturday!

Hope this helps!

David

P.S. For all the details of the Audiobook Performance Mastery weekend itself, go here.

P.P.S. If you’d care to submit a question in advance, just drop me an email at david@vo2gogo.com and I’ll do my best to squeeze it into the live teleseminar.

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Your Audiobook Performance Questions? Answered.

Hey, there!

Very quick video for you this morning, and some information below it:

As we approach the closing of the registration period for our Audiobook Performance Mastery weekend (December 10 – 11), Dan O’Day and I have been getting lots of questions:

“What’s it going to be like?”

“How do I know if it’ll be worth investing 2 days plus the tuition?”

“I already know how to produce and master my own audiobook performance. What else is there for me to learn?”

To answer those questions and teach you some real-world techniques you can start using immediately, David and I have scheduled a free Audiobook Performance Mastery teleseminar (and it’s open to anyone, whether you’ve registered for the event or not – so you can tell your friends about this):

Saturday, November 19
3pm Eastern / Noon Pacific

Telephone Number to Call: 1-641-715-3640

Your Participant Access Code:
***** 4 5 9 7 8 2 ****

You MAY share that access code with others. We’re making it a public code, not an individual code.

(By the way, “teleseminar” = “Great big telephone conference call.”)

PLEASE DIAL IN SEVEN MINUTES EARLY.

With lots of people calling in from around the world, you’ll want to dial in early in case you get a busy signal at first.

In addition to answering whatever questions you have to help you decide whether to join us, we’re making this a mini teaching call in which you will learn:

• The Three Deadly Mistakes Most Narrators Make with Characters

• How to “stick the landing”

• One quick & easy way to handle accents even “when I’m not good at accents”…so you can stop worrying about it!

• How to do parentheticals. (We get asked about that a lot.)

• How to Maximize the Impact of a Small (2 – 5 characters) Cast…so that each character is unique

• How to make the scene (not the characters) the most important element. (Narrators with an acting background rarely think of this.)

• The 3 key elements of audiobook performance. If you want to succeed, you must master these
elements.

• Why you must create a lifeline for the listener “when the plot thickens.”

Looking forward to talking with you on Saturday!

Hope this helps!

David

P.S. For all the details of the Audiobook Performance Mastery weekend itself, go here.

P.P.S. If you’d care to submit a question in advance, just drop me an email at david@vo2gogo.com and I’ll do my best to squeeze it into the live teleseminar.

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