Quick And Dirty Backup Of Important Stuff

Hey, there!

You’ve heard me talk in class and at workshops about the importance of having backups for all of your work, especially long term projects like audiobooks.

In my Managing Clients and Projects class, I share with you my admittedly insanely overengineered backup process, but for right now, I want to share with you a backup method that a lot of people overlook.


What? Yep.

Now, I wouldn’t rely on this method solely – it’s meant as an additional layer of backup protection, and it really only works as a file-by-file backup for items 15-20 megabytes or less, not a whole hard drive backup. But it’s so easy to do, you might want to add this little tip to your VO utility belt. Use this for those special files that really matter to you.

Here’s how you do it.

Just send yourself an email with whatever file you want backed up attached. Use the filename as the subject line and also the body of the email. Then, archive that email when it comes in. No need to open it, detach the attachment, or doing anything with it.

Until you can’t find the original. You now can go to your email, accessible from anywhere, search for that message, and grab the attachment.

As an example, if you use Gmail, like I suggest you do, you now have a copy of your work on Google’s cloud servers, and since Gmail is searchable in your Gmail corpus (that’s a fancy word for your entire email, contact and calendaring database), it’s there pretty much forever.

And the amount of storage Gmail gives you for free is similar to the storage you’d get on the free versions of iCloud, DropBox and all the others.

So if you’re working on that demo, spot, chapter or IVR prompt set, or really anything – a report, a deck, a presentation, an article – whatever you want to make damn sure isn’t going to evaporate if your hard drive goes south, this fits the bill nicely.

Hope this helps.


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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