Author Archive | David H. Lawrence XVII

On Being Financially Safe: Automatic Savings With Digit

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As artists, we often put our art before our financial safety.

Some people even wear that strategy as a badge of honor.

I’m here to to tell you that you’re hurting yourself in many, many ways if you don’t get financially safe.

One of the ways you can start to shore up your financial walls is to save money. And until now, there were very few ways to do that automatically that worked. I found one. Continue Reading →

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On Being Financially Safe

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As I speak with actors and VO talent when I meet them for coffee dates, I often hear the same sentence:

“Money is really tight right now.”

I get that. As artists, we often put our art before our financial safety.

Some people even wear that strategy as a badge of honor.

I’m here to to tell you that you’re hurting yourself in many, many ways if you don’t get financially safe. Continue Reading →

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How Joseph Narducci Became An Audie Finalist With His First Audiobook

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I woke up recently to some amazing news. A friend and client of mine, Joseph Narducci, had been named a finalist in the Audie Awards for a book he had voiced.

His very first narration of an audiobook, by the way. Yep, he’d never narrated and produced an audiobook before.

(And if you don’t know, the Audies are like the Oscars of audiobook narration. This is HUGE for him.)

So I got him on Skype and asked him how he did it. I can tell you it was inspiring a conversation as I’ve ever had. Continue Reading →

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Don’t Fill The Screen With Your Script

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A quick tip today to make your voice over work smoother and more accurate.

It’s something I discovered purely by chance decades ago, when I first started reading scripts on a screen.

Up until then, everybody’d gotten copy printed, on paper. But all of a sudden, around the mid 90’s, I started getting more and more scripts in electronic form that I could read right from the screen.

And simply because I could, I managed to make a huge mistake, over and over. Until one day, I figured it out. Mistake corrected. Here’s what it was: Continue Reading →

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No Social Stalking

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The number of clumsy ways some actors and VO talent go about using social media never ceases to amaze me.

And I feel sorry for them – they either figure they’ll give it a go, and see what happens, or they’ve gotten bad advice from someone on how to use social media for business purposes.

I got a brief, off-hand request on LinkedIn the other day from an actor. Let’s call him Michael.

His subject line (no body, just a subject) asked me to introduce him, on LinkedIn, to a casting director I’m connected with there. Let’s call her Jamie.

My note back to him had the subject line “No, I can’t introduce you to Jamie.”

And I also included a direct and to the point note: Continue Reading →

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Let The Words Do The Heavy Lifting

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It seems I’ve been asked more than a few times recently, by VO talent and actors, about the use of accents, dialects, characters, music and sound effects…

…when producing audiobooks.

After I gently disabuse the actor of their preconceived notions, I always end with this important and valuable suggestion: Continue Reading →

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