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Don’t Specialize

Hey, there!

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t some a version of this question:

“I’m trying to figure out what VO I’d be good at. Can you listen to my voice and tell me?”

Or a statement like: “I think I’m going to be best at commercials and animation. I’ve got that kind of voice.”

Sentences like that make me sad. Here’s why. Continue Reading →

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – Rule 22

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You’ve no doubt heard me prattle on 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’ve been sharing with you one per week for the last 22 weeks, along with how you can apply each rule to your VO artistry.

Today, the final rule. Rule 22… Continue Reading →

The Record Button Is Not A Starter’s Pistol

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I was producing a remote demo session with one of my lovely Pro clients, Mark Avis, connected via Zoom (that’s how I connect with demo clients not in Los Angeles), laying down the voice tracks for his commercial demo. He was running Audacity at his end, locally recording the raw voice tracks, and sending me the raw WAV files.

About 5 minutes into the session, after I’d watched a few of his first takes, I noticed him doing something that wasn’t serving him.

What he was doing was negatively affecting his performance at the beginning of each one of his takes. It’s a bad habit many of us have when we’re recording – and it’s totally worth breaking. Watch the video below in which Mark was sharing his computer’s screen with me, and you’ll see what I mean (and how to solve the problem). Continue Reading →

The Day AARP Called

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Short and sweet: I’ll never forget the day that AARP called and said they’d like to feature me in an article. About entrepreneurs over 50.

And they wanted to know all about my acting, VO, storytelling coaching, Rehearsal® Pro and how I accomplished all that…to help other actors, despite being over 50.

Here’s the article and below, the video (which they shot here in LA just before we launched the Rehearsal® Pro IndieGoGo campaign):

If you think “It’s too late for me…” (one of our Believe 2018 limiting beliefs, destroyed and replaced by our journeyers), think again.

Hope this helps.

David

Give More Details, Don’t Guess And Don’t Hijack The Thread

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If you’re going to go online to get info, I say, be a world-class info seeker. If you’re going to complain, be a best-of-breed complainer. If you’re looking for support, why not be excellent at looking for support?

And that all depends upon how skillfully you message on social media and via email, and the way you post and comment in those exchanges. My method for success certainly applies here: do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.

Here are three things that, if you stop doing them, you’ll be much happier and satisfied with your online exchanges. And you’ll get much better and faster response to your postings. Continue Reading →