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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – Rule 4

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Go ahead…ask me about storytelling, and how important it is to your VO career to develop and hone your storytelling skills.

It’s essential.

So, every so often, I like to roll out items from this list from Emma Coats, who used to work at Pixar as a story artist, and who serially tweeted Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.

I’m giving you one of these rules every so often as we move through the next several months, along with how you can apply the rule to your VO artistry.

Today, Rule 4… Continue Reading →

This Sunday, I’ll Teach You How To Record Your Auditions

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You know that I’m all about increasing your opportunities as a voice talent and actor. And the way that I’ve done it myself is to add on-camera work on TV and film to my VO audition options.

To do that, you have to be able to easily and quickly audition from home, put yourself “on tape,” and submit to producers.

Do you know how to best do that? Can you create a high quality on-camera audition as easily as you can create an awesome VO audition?

If you want to know exactly how to set up your home studio, your lights, your camera, your sound, how to rehearse, record and package up a spectacular on-camera audition, I’m going to be leading a really inexpensive but valuable workshop (just $20!) on self-recording on-camera auditions at home. It’s this Sunday, June 25th at 1pm, here in LA. I’d love to have you there. Here are the details that ACE Studios, the host of the workshop, just sent out: Continue Reading →

IAP + VOPeeps + VOBS + ACX MC + OnCamera Kickstart = A Happy But Tired David

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If you can’t find a way to got lots of free, detailed and useful information from me over the next few days, it’s not because I haven’t gone crazy making it available to you.

I’ve got so many options for you to get actionable advice on getting better on mike (and on camera), it’s a downright embarrassment of riches. Five different opportunities, any or all of which are immediately available to you. Behold: Continue Reading →

Are you willing to travel to a studio near you?

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I’ve got good news, and some not so good news.

I got a call from one of my VO2GoGo Pros the other day, and he was in a bit of a panic.

Not a huge panic, just a bit of one.

He was wondering why a voice-seeker on Voice123.com wanted all of the people who were auditioning for their project to “go to a studio near them.”

I had an answer for him. And unfortunately, I had another answer for him. Continue Reading →

Follow Your Passion? Not So Fast

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OK. I’ll admit: I’ve given the advice of “Follow your passion and the money will follow you” more times than I can remember.

Guilty as charged.

I mean, it seems so logical – you’ll be happiest, and most likely more successful, if you’re doing something that you’re passionate about.

Well, I’m through giving that advice.

The truth is, following your passion is rarely even possible, especially in our business, for a very, very good reason. Continue Reading →