My friend and Pro member Caroline Larson just dropped me a note that started with, “If I can do it, anybody can. :-)” (Smilie face included.)
And what she was talking about was a nifty little quiet recording space she set up in her not-so-quiet apartment.
And she’s right: if she can do it, so can you.
I’ll let her tell you the story, complete with pictures. Continue Reading →
I live to talk about storytelling, and how important it is to your VO career to develop and hone your storytelling skills.
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’ve been sharing with you one of these rules every so often, along with how you can apply each rule to your VO artistry.
Today, Rule 18… Continue Reading →
Creating and managing a voice over practice in today’s highly competitive, very technologically involved marketplace can be frustrating and challenging. One way to make that challenge less frustrating is to identify the different skills you need to master, and make sure you’re getting more and more expert at those skills.
But what are those skills? And how do you methodically pursue the right training to make sure that you are paying attention to the right areas of expertise?
I’ve been pretty successful, not only with my voice over and acting business, but with any business I’ve ever undertaken, by gaining expertise in 3 specific categories, and staying up to date with that training.
And although it took me awhile to recognize the universal truth that all businesses should be built on these 3 areas of expertise (took me over 2 decades, actually), having that information has, in particular, been key in creating and maintaining a successful, satisfying and profitable voice over and acting business. And I’ve built VO2GoGo’s curriculum around those three areas for you, specifically to help you learn what you need in these areas, completely “covering the waterfront.” So, with those big clues in the headline of this article, what are those three key areas? Continue Reading →
Sorry, but there was an article over at VoiceOverXtra.com (love you, John!) that is completely incorrect, in its entirety.
And I have to make sure that you understand just how wrong it is.
In the article, the author warns: Continue Reading →
A lot of people consider me to be one of the very first people to podcast. I did a lot of it. And from that world, comes a tool that is very useful if you’re reading audiobooks, especially if you want to be compliant with ACX standards in one simple step. Continue Reading →
You: “Um, what’s with the capital ‘R’ in the word ‘Redirection’ in the title of this post, David?”
Me: “I’m glad you noticed. And it’s capitalized because it’s really important. It can mean the difference between someone booking you for a VO job, or them booking someone else.”
You: “Wow. That does sound important.”
Me: “I know. Here’s why…” Continue Reading →
Auditioning can be the most stressful actions we’re asked to take. I watch people sweat bullets in the waiting room, and, when asked how I approach auditioning, always have the same piece of powerful advice: take Michael Kostroff’s Audition Psych 101 workshop. Now.
On-camera, VO, commercials, theatre…we find ourselves as performers being asked to open our little suitcases and show the buyers our wares.
Want to take a quantum leap in audition expertise? Will you be in LA on Thursday?
Then clear your schedule for either this coming Thursday morning at 11a or evening at 6p, April 5. You’ll thank me for doing so – and because Michael agreed to a special price for my readers, students and clients, you’ll get in for 30% off the already low fee. Here is the advice I give: Continue Reading →