Author Archive | David H. Lawrence XVII

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 acting, VO, Rehearsal® Pro and how I accomplished all that…to help other actors.

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




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 →


Where I Workshop – Part 1

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Actors I meet will often ask me to recommend workshop locations that I’ve personally found useful.

I’m going to share some of my favorites, and the first one is Connect Studios LA.

And there’s a reason they’re first: they are all about your success. Oh, and they also kindly allow me to teach the VO2GoGo curriculum there.

Here’s what makes them great. Continue Reading →


Supporting Your VO and Acting Habit

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Getting started and continuing to grow your VO and/or practice is a challenge.

And yet, there’s a drive in all of us to achieve the goal of a thriving career. But how do you support that career in the days, weeks and months before you can make a living doing VO and acting, without it taking over your life, and your eye off the survival ball?

I’ve got some help for you. Continue Reading →