Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success

Hey there!

The sixth and last AMA round of answers for this set of questions, and then back to the individual subject videos as we continue the 365-day video challenge.

In this installment, I share with you the equipment and process I use to produce these videos, discuss additional services you can offer to clients along with voicing copy, and how I define success.

Here’s the final set of answers.

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All Episodes

One Step At A Time

Five Ways To Have An Excellent Coffee Date With Me

Five Ways To Have A Crappy Coffee Date With Me

Taking Advantage Of The Wisdom Of The Tribe

How To Be A World Class Complainer

The False Nobility Of The Struggle

Watch Out – The Rules Are Going To Change

“Show Me The Secret, Daddy!”

Coaching vs Consulting vs Facilitating

The Perils of Live Performance And Why Jeremy Kappell Should Not Have Been Fired

Let’s Welcome To The Stage…Failure!

Don’t Confuse Price With Value

Whiteboards In The Hallways

Go Wake Up Your Luck

Playing and Planning

The Two Things Most Talent Try to Accomplish Way Too Soon

10,000 Hours To Become Good At Something? Not Really.

The Curse of Knowledge

The Trick Charlie Munger Uses To Make Better Decisions

Everyone’s A Customer, Not Just Your Customers

“What do you mean, you’re a ‘process guy’?”

Pay Attention To Your Storytelling, Not Removing Your Breaths

How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

The Problem In Every Commercial Script

The Job In Every Commercial Script

The Secret In Every Commercial Script

How To Pick Your Stage Name

Voice Over Is REALLY Hard. Until It Isn’t.

Helping Make Resolutions Stick

ACX Jobs: They’re ALL SAG-AFTRA-Friendly

Non-Union? You Can Still Open An AFTRA H&R Account. What?

Who Says You Need To “Feel Like It?”

Are You Engaged?

Your Day Job Might Just Be Worth Keeping For A Bit Longer

Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others

Don’t Confuse What Works With What You Like

The Lost Keys And The Microphone In My Elevator

My Insane Backup System Plus Two Helpful Tips

What Open Loops Are And Why They Work So Well

Two More Things For Which You Can Use Open Loops

Three Things Not To Say Or Do…When Trying To Learn Something New

Front Burner and Back Burner Project Management

How To Properly List The Accents and Dialects You Perform

My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 1)

My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 2)

A Simple, One-Word Decision-Making Question To Ask Yourself

Ready, Shoot…Aim

How You Can Use The MVP Model As A Performer

How Lazy Can You Be?

Avoid The Struggle Porn

The Robocall Equivalent Of Unsubscribe

Saying Goodbye To A “Failure”

Making Your Links Irresistible

HTTPS Is Not Just For Banks – It’s For You

The Threat That Made Me Create a New Page For LAME

The Resource You Must Guard Most Carefully

How New Media Is Using The Oldest Ad Model Ever

“You Could Be Hit By A Bus!”

Killing Customers With Kindness

I Found Out What She Was Podcasting About

How I Answered’s Inquiry

Turning Mountains Into Molehills

Motivation: Your Three Big Needs In A Cool Little Package

Go Ahead. Multitask. But Try It Like This.

The Prodigy Game Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment

I Don’t Want To Go Blind

What Fair Markets Are, And Why Isn’t One

Trevor’s Three A’s From Apple On Killing Customers With Kindness

Getting Ready vs. Getting Started

You’ll Never Believe Who Got Rejected By Harvard

There Is No Failure, Only Feedback

Who Is Your Most Dangerous Adversary?

73 Videos In, My First Hater Appears

If You’re The Smartest Person In The Room, Do This ASAP

Your Glasses And Crucial Laptop Positioning Info

One More Insanely Over-engineered Piece Of Gear: My UPS

The Crazy Backward Way IKEA Prices Their Stuff Complained To YouTube That I Violated Their Privacy

The Gig Economy: RIP?

For Your Health: Not Perfect. Just Better.

Celebrate Your Isolation!

Mr. Wonderful Is Actually More Wonderful Than I Thought

Let’s Finally Close The Digital Literacy Gender Gap

The Guaranteed Way To Completely Avoid Criticism

The Two Things People Judge About You Within Seconds

Prioritizing…Nashville Style

Are You Committed? Or Just…Interested?

Audible Retail Samples: Why They Suck And Why It Doesn’t Really Matter

How To Voice Copy That’s Set In Italics

Dyslexia, And The Palindromic Poem. The Wha?

Increase Your Chances Of Being Seen And Heard On Facebook

Jamie Has Some Thoughts About Fiverr

Is Simply Discouraging Distracted Driving Enough?

“Young People Are Just Smarter.”

The Real Purpose Of The “Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam

Beware Of Overkill

Laying Down The Perfect Slate

An AMA Preview: The Word “Ethnic” – A Slur, Or An Essential Adjective?

10 Rules of Profitable Self Discipline from Napoleon Hill

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 1)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 2)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 3)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 4)

AMA Answers Part 5 Plus A Medical Warning

Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success

A 7-Word Reminder: “Don’t correct people when it matters little.”

Do You Have A Plan? And Is It The Right One?

What’s Your Next Big Move? Are You Ready?

Build Your Future On Your Own Platform, Not Someone Else’s

I’m Leaving Facebook: Why Groups and FB Live No Longer Spark Joy

Time To Accept That I’ve Failed At Something – Happily

Crowdfunding Without The Internet: Pulitzer And The Statue Of Liberty

The Amazing Power Of Recognition And Badging

Might We Have A Possible Cause For Alzheimer’s?

Why Podcasting And Radio Are Out Of Whack

Value Enthusiasm, But Value Persistence More

Ten Ways To Make Money With Podcasts Besides Ads

One Quick Question To Find Out How Important Something Actually Is

The Workflow For Producing These Videos (So Far) Part 1

Why Not Wade? And…Why Not You?

Audiobook Narrators: How Paymasters Work, And The One I Recommend

Why Gen Z And Millennials’ Love For Audiobooks Is Crucial

American Idol: It’s All About Story, Not Just Singing

Less Beating Yourself Up, More Talking Yourself Up

Resist Oversharing. Instead, Start A Dialogue.

Vocal Care: It’s All About What Works For You

3 Biases You Should Be Aware Of

3 More Biases You Should Also Be Aware Of

Wow. People Really Grokked Biases. Let’s Tackle Fallacies.

Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For

What’s Your Imprint?

Fallacy Follies, Volume 3

Two Last Big Creativity-Crippling Fallacies

Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner

A New Lead Source For Performers: Voice Assistants And Smart Speakers

A Great Way To Handle Trolls and Haters

Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality

Is Facebook Truly A Monopoly? No More Than Microsoft Was.

Fear Of The Unknown, Or The Day Before My Surgery

A Strange Aspect To Performing That Should Be Cause For Protest, But Isn’t

Want To Grow? Don’t Go It Alone.

How Am I Doing? I’m Gobsmacked. That’s How Am I Doing.

Why I Give My Agents 10% Of Everything

Not Just Explainer Videos, But Video That Explain Things Spectacularly

Mental Floss To The Rescue: Skills You Can Pick Up On YouTube

What’s Better Than Willpower? Grit.

Regarding Apple’s App Store: Be Careful What You Wish For, Pepper

Of COURSE You Wonder What Porter’s Five Forces Are. Who Doesn’t?

Don’t Waste Your Time: Talk Shows Aren’t Meant To Be Fair

Sooner Or Later, I’m Really Going To Tick You Off

Just Because You Can Do Something Doesn’t Mean You Should

Wait, What? Audacity Records In The Background?!

Enjoy Your First Booking. Pay Close Attention To The Next Three.

Pattern Interruption And The Musicality Of Voice Over

Do You Still Have A Landline? Is It POTS? Wait, What’s POTS?

Increase Your VO Accuracy, And You’ll Increase Your VO Profits

Age Range Isn’t Really A Valid Metric For VO

What Is The Overton Window?

How To Stop Jealousy From Killing Your Progress

Even The Bible (And Game Of Thrones) Has One-Star Reviews

How Much Is Enough To Make Per Hour?

With Royalty Share Plus, ACX Makes Hybrid Stipends Official

Wait, Vices Can Be Good For Your Health?

What A Lovely Thing To Discover: Praise From CourVO

I Figured Out What I Provide: The Onboarding Performers Don’t Get

You Don’t Need Permission To Care Or Contribute

It’s Not Just You. It’s The Superstars, Too.

Do You Sometimes Think Irrationally? Maybe. Here’s How To Stop It.

The Struggle Of Announcer-y Versus Non-Announcer-y Voice Over

How My VAs Support Me And My Team

What Exactly Is “The Cloud?”

The Often “Most Difficult” Concept I Teach

Please Unsubscribe From This List. But Don’t Do This One Destructive, Lazy Thing.

Don’t Mistake The Joy Of Knowing For The Joy Of Doing

Why Giving Yourself Some Simple Homework Can Be Life-Changing

One Weird Trick I Do That Makes My Note-Taking Superhuman

The Worst Thing About The Biggest Money-Making Entertainment Category

What Can We Grab From A Schedule This Strict?

Get Better At Executing Today’s Plan By Starting Last Night

How To Create Useful, Organized Audition File Names

Where To Find Related PDFs For Audiobooks on Audible

I’m Halfway Finished. What Have You Valued Most? What Can I Do Better?

Our Digital Attention Span Is Incredibly Brief

“Serves You Right!” She Actually Has No Idea How Right.

Create A Safe Environment For Self-Improvement

Why I Use One Single Channel For Crucial Communication

The Even Cheaper AT-2020 USB Plus Microphone?

Fred Willard (and Billy West) On Quickly Creating Authentic VO Characters

Leo Makes Your Searching Spectacular

On Asking For Things Performers Can’t Do

How To Battle The Urge of “Efficiency”

One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain

Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz

10 Words Of Encouragement When You’re Stuck

Seek/Give Mentorship That’s Appropriate To The Journey

Two Cases Where You Might Not Want To Simply “Follow Your Passion”

Having Fun With Headphone Volume

Please Stop Rushing To Perform

Something To Consider: Everyone’s Internal Menu

One Crazy Key To Creativity: Pure, Unadulterated Boredom

For The Sheer Joy Of It

The Most Commonly Consumed Media Is…!

What’s Dangerous For Us To Care About

Please, Clever Copywriters…Stop Using This Term

Wait, Wait…What? They Actually Listened?!

Why You Should Take The Same Classes Twice

How Your Character’s Menu Informs Your Performance Choices

What Shouldn’t Be Your Metric For VO Success

Someone Awesome Who’s Also Rising To A 365-Day Challenge

Union Or Not, Start With Union Rates

O. M. G. Look What Matt Zurbo Did!

So Where Will That Huge Facebook Fine End Up?

The Root Words of “Typecast”

Avoid That One Obvious “That Worked” Sound We Make

Why Union Members Can Audition For Non-Union Work

200 Auditions. 1 Booking. A Ghost. Really?

I Can’t Do One Thing I’m Asked To Do Every Single Day

One Of Your Secret Weapons: Agility

Do Networking Events Make You Anxious? Let’s Fix That.

Project X Is Just About Ready. I’m A Bit Giddy.

The Difference Between Mansplaining and Advice?

Too Late, Melissa. You Already Are.

Help Me Solve A Lovely Mystery!

Speeding Up The Playback On The Audible App

Why Those Other Casting Sites Usually Aren’t Worth It

Raw YouTube Captioning

hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
and today we’re gonna wrap up the
answers to the AMA series we’ve been
doing he asked me anything serious great
questions some questions that I didn’t
quite understand so I didn’t include
them some questions that were outright
insults so you know consider consider me
insulted okay thank you but today what
we’re going to talk about first off is a
question I got about the software that I
use to produce the videos for this
series and most people use iMovie or
premiere or Final Cut Pro or any number
of different well-known video editors
they’re specifically designed to be
video editors I absolutely adore a piece
of software called ScreenFlow
it’s from Telestream they’re big in both
the broadcasting and the video
podcasting space and I originally
started using ScreenFlow to do the
lessons for vo to go go because what it
was originally created for was to do
ScreenFlow captures of what’s going on
on your screen which you could then add
voice over to so what I do is I create a
PowerPoint presentation I run through
that PowerPoint presentation while I
narrate it and it’s really easy because
ScreenFlow records your screen as it
records your voice but what I didn’t
expect and what is really really cool is
that ScreenFlow is an amazing
full-featured awesome easy to use very
intuitive video editor
well you know yes it does scream
captures but it also does great video
editing great audio things like that so
um I just fell in love with it and I
love using it I I tell everybody about
it the reason I like it so much
iMovie is supposed to be very easy right
Final Cut Pro is not supposed to be very
easy and with the changes they made
between Final Cut 7 and Final Cut 10
Apple really shot themselves in their
foot they lost an entire market by doing
that but iMovie you know ever since I
started using iMovie I have not been
able to keep separate the concept of a
project and an event I’m sure there’s a
way to do it that makes it easier for
people but it’s unnecessary and
ScreenFlow knows that they have done an
amazing job of making everything look
great so I’ll put a link to it in the
show notes and you can find it for
yourself it’s really really really
amazing it’s for Macintosh only for
those of you on pcs it’s like Camtasia
but I would keep using premiere because
premiere is pretty good as well on PCs
alright so if you want all of the gear
that I’m using here and I’m gonna do a
future video just on how I produce these
videos you can find all of it at vo to
go go comm slash my – gear and the the
tab that opens up is the hardware tab
but if you look in the bottom section
that hardware tab it actually shows you
all of the video stuff that I use my
camera the lights that I use the
microphone that I use I talked a little
bit about that in one of the other
videos the software um everything you
know III even use a slate to be able to
match up sound with you know make sure
it’s perfectly aligned with the video so
that’s that you’ll see it all there vo –
go go comm slash my – gear alright next
question would it be easier to sell my
voice services if I was able to be more
full service meaning writing scripts
producing complete soundtracks for
videos helping to get these videos onto
YouTube etc I’m thinking in terms of how
I would be able to cultivate face to
face really
ships with local customers and offer
them more of a kind of one-stop shop so
not just your voice of work I completely
get it they just want to advertise
without getting into the mechanics of
how to make it happen I would think I
could help them with that side of it do
you agree or perhaps you have totally
other thoughts I’m open I totally agree
it’s what I do I often will tell my
clients if you’d like me for example in
an audiobook to do your related PDF if
there’s one needed for your book for a
long time I was a producer of
commercials I wrote copy I got pretty
good at it know how commercials are
supposed to sound once they’re on the
air so yes I offer those services at a
time and I urge you to do the same thing
I think it’s a great idea that is that
inner entrepreneur and you coming out I
love that I love that you know what
you’re offering is not just your voice
you’re offering studio services which is
great so yes I applaud that absolutely
and then finally how do you David define
success both personally and
professionally what in your opinion are
the pitfalls of always defining success
as being determined by the amount of
money one earns well um if you’ve
watched these videos or listen to me
speak I have a definition for success
and that definition is do more of what
works and less of what doesn’t and what
can be the challenging part is knowing
what works and knowing what doesn’t but
usually when I say that I’m talking
about the processes the choices that you
make in terms of how you run your
business how you do your work how you
choose to tell a story things like that
but what your question has prompted is a
sort of an extension of that do more of
what works and less of what doesn’t for
you know like are you happy doing the
things that you’re doing now what things
make you happy do more of those what
things don’t make you happy what things
do you avoid do less of those I actually
have a video coming up called the ABCDE
video which
gonna talk about how to put more on your
plate of what works and what makes you
you know I’m interested in three things
happiness safety and satisfaction notice
that none of those are profitability
because I think profitability is
inherent in being happy and safe and and
being satisfied but happy safe and
satisfied when I can do that that’s when
I feel like I’m being successful when I
have those at the top of my priority
list as opposed to having to worry about
when am I going to make some more money
you know it just seems to fall in place
when you when you make a priority of
being happy and staying safe both
financially and physically
and being satisfied overall with how you
spend your time in your day and what
you’re getting out of life you know I
think that’s my definition of success
and it works both on the procedural
level of do more of what works in less
of what doesn’t and also on the personal
I guess satisfaction is the best way to
put it
happiness safety
it still remains my definition of
success so I hope that helps I really do
this has been fun I love doing AMAs
maybe we’ll do it again for the 200th
episode we’ll do it one more time and of
course if you have questions you can
always put them in the comments below if
you have any reactions to what I’m
saying I’m happy – happy – I need a sip
of water excuse me one sec
it’s gotten really dry here all of a
so that’s that’s the AMAs we’ll get back
to the single subject videos next and if
you have any comments as I said leave
them in the comments below if you’re
watching this video anywhere but at vo
to go go calm pop on over to vo to go go
calm because we’ve got so many great
things there for you vo the numeral to
go go comm if you’d like to subscribe to
my channel on YouTube go ahead and click
on my head there or click run on a
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I’ve done click on that frame YouTube
will play it for you I’m David H
Lawrence xvii I thank you so much for
watching I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

4 Responses to Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success

  1. Jennifer Dixon April 15, 2019 at 6:39 am #

    Definition of success: Beautifully put! Thank you for this AMA series.

  2. ed waldorph April 15, 2019 at 9:40 am #

    I think the problem most folks have in defining success is that they view it as a place, a level, or a where. “I have arrived. I am successful.”

    I love your definition because there is no finality to it. Success is a process, a continuum, a journey.

    I have never heard a wealthy person say, “I have enough. I’ll stop now.” It’s just not in their DNA

  3. Chris Buckner April 15, 2019 at 11:31 am #

    I like your definition of success. Thanks for the AMAs David, they were fun.

  4. Tansy Alexander April 15, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

    A great series for all to actors! Thanks David

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