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The Digital Literacy Gender Gap

Hey, there!

In class, at workshops, at coffee dates – I hear it all the time.

“I hate computers.”

“I’m tech illiterate.”

“My laptop and I don’t get along.”

And far more often than not, I hear it from my female clients and students. Apparently, it’s not just me.

How can I help close the digital divide between the sexes?

I’ve been talking for a while now about my new definition of a triple threat actor. It used to be actor/singer/dancer, but the changes in the marketplace, the advent of the Internet, and the very fabric of our acting and VO lives has been woven with a different warp and weave; the new definition to me is actor/marketer/technologist – and if you don’t have expertise in all three, you’re going to rapidly find yourself left behind, scratching your head, wondering why you’re not getting booked.

And frankly, it’s far worse for women. Not just in my client base, but around the world.

I want to change that.

I teach marketing and technology as an integrated part of every class I hold. When I see something that can give you an advantage, I report on it, I work it into my instruction, and I encourage you to act on it.

Case in point, the classes I teach on ACX.com. You need all three skills to be good at working that site.

And the first step to getting better is knowing the facts. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has authored a special report called Digital Literacy for Women & Girls. The report itself was funded by AT&T, and covers things like digital literacy initiatives, how organizations are engaging girls with digital content in the classroom and at home, an examination of the technological landscape and upcoming digital breakthroughs, how women are making both personal and professional connections through social media, and more.

Here’s the report:

http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Digital-Inclusion/Women-and-Girls/Pages/Digital-Literacy.aspx

And if I can help you in any way (woman or not), please let me know. Your digital literacy is now, whether you like it or not, the very foundation of your VO career’s success.

Hope this helps.

David

9 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 #

    David

    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 #

    David,
    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!
    Shirley

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

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

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