What to Charge as a Voiceover

Probably the greatest learning curve to overcome in this or any business, besides consistently delivering your very best performance, is determining your rate. However, assuming you’ll lose the client if you don’t lowball your rate to sub-basement … [Read more...]

Can Talent Be Taught?

I’m often asked, “What are the odds of ‘making it’ in voiceover?” The truth be told you can have all the talent in the world, but it’ll die on the vine without drive and momentum. How and where you promote yourself matters. Certainly, passion and … [Read more...]

The Unexpected Benefits of Mastering Commercial Work

Photo Source: YouTube For decades now, legions of actors have emerged from assorted acting schools across the country harboring a deep aversion to pursuing and accepting commercial work. If you scratch the surface a bit you’ll probably find this … [Read more...]

How to Survive a “Snow Day”

  After living in Los Angeles for a number of years, I’m somewhat in awe of those who have never lived through a bona-fide “snow day”. Even now just thinking about shoveling snow makes my shoulder ache. It’s taken years for me to thaw out. I’m … [Read more...]

To Trust Your Instincts
You Have to Use Them

  What are the odds of ‘making it’ in voiceover? Let’s assume you have a work ethic that won’t quit, and everyone says you have a remarkable voice. That’s as good a place to begin as any. However, you can have all the talent in the … [Read more...]

My Top 10 Biggest Voiceover Pet Peeves

Announce-y announcers. I hate being yelled at, don’t you? Especially when I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m convinced that endless loop of infomercials playing in the middle of the night on cable are designed to irritate you into staying up. To add … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Most Common Voiceover Demo Mistakes to Avoid

There are a variety of elements that go into creating a truly competitive, successful voiceover demo. And there are a few flat out deal killers. The following are the top 10 you definitely want to avoid. 1. Writing your own copy. Talent … [Read more...]

How To Know You’re a Pro VO

  To be considered among the best of the best should be the goal of every voiceover and actor. Yet, there’s no real litmus test to determine when, and if, you’re a pro, but there are factors that determine your professional fitness. Frankly, … [Read more...]

How Coachable Are You?

  Here’s a question you need to honestly ask yourself: How coachable are you? It’s fair to assume you’re about as coachable as you are ‘direct-able’. If you can’t be directed, it unlikely you’ll play well with others either. And acting, … [Read more...]

The Best Acting is Empathy

Acting is empathy. The best performances are achieved by having a deep, sometimes innate, acceptance and understanding of the unique realities of the individual role, character, story, personae, or voice. Empathy defines the human elements specific … [Read more...]