Author Archive | David H. Lawrence XVII

Why You Must Wear Headphones When Recording

Hey there!

There aren’t many absolutes when it comes to creating art, including creating audio performances.

But…one thing I insist on is wearing headphones of some sort when recording. Some other VO coaches disagree, one going so far as to call it “aural masturbation.” The pros and cons are constantly debated, but I struggle to have a great deal of sympathy for people who don’t get comfortable and proficient at doing this, and simply refuse to do so. They are setting themselves up for failure, and a lot of extra work, otherwise.

(If you’ve worked in radio, you know exactly why you need to listen to yourself as you speak, don’t you? Yes, you do.)

Here’s a case in point. Warning: sadness ahead. Continue Reading →

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – Rule 14

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Ask me about storytelling, and how important it is to your VO career to develop and hone your storytelling skills – I could talk about it for hours.

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 of these rules every so often, along with how you can apply each rule to your VO artistry.

Today, Rule 14… Continue Reading →

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The Inside Game – An Essential Framework You Need

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“Observable realities.”

That’s a phrase I love – it helps me separate the solid, important and valuable advice, training and teachers I recommend, from the crappy, cheap, ineffective “support” that some organizations want to sell you.

I go with what I can see in terms of results. The observable realities help me determine whether I can recommend something, or wave you off and warn you to stay away.

Today, I want to tell you about something absolutely wonderful…and absolutely essential. Continue Reading →

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Looking For A Survival Job?

Hey, there!

I was talking to a new client recently, and he was asking about what to do for money, so he could pursue his VO career.

Financial safety is one of the prerequisites for having a calm, centered and effective approach to a performer’s existence. Trying to figure out how to pay the rent, where your next meal is coming from or how to pay for classes can be completely frustrating to an artist.

In the past, I’ve given you a few tips on what to do about achieving financial safety, and even recommended a survival job or two.

And I found a site that lists survival jobs as they become available, and I want you to know about it. Continue Reading →

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What Should You Do Between VO Classes?

Hey, there!

A VO2GoGo Pro client recently asked me this question:

David,

What is it that I should be doing, in between online live workouts via Zoom, and Pro Connect Lives? Most if not all of your other students are working pro’s. I’m still learning how to enunciate, and getting on with ACX, and that’s a little scary. My tech buddies are around, but availability is always in question.

Some direction would help. Thanks!

Dan

That’s a great question. And it got me thinking about all the different ways you can move your tools, career and skill set forward in between learning opportunities.

So, I started a list. Continue Reading →

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Meet Ajarae. Ajarae, Meet Our Community.

Hey, there!

My friend, Ajarae Coleman, is awesome.

She’s an actor who has created a tribe of her own. That effort is doing a lot to assist other actors and VO talent to find the best resources, free and otherwise, to help them become more successful in their performance careers.

Ajarae’s really smart, really nice, really supportive, and her big “why” is wanting to be of service to her community.

And she’s got a free service that you need to know about. I find it extraordinarily valuable myself. I think you will too. Continue Reading →

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