How to Survive a “Snow Day”

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 only now...

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My Top 10 Biggest Voiceover Pet Peeves

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 insult to...

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How To Know You’re a Pro VO

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, there are a...

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How Coachable Are You?

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, even voice acting, is...

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The Best Acting is Empathy

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 to the...

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Is Auditioning a Numbers Game?

Is Auditioning a Numbers Game?

How many auditions do you imagine it takes to land a single voiceover job? Five? Ten? Twenty? There must be an average. There is, but it’s likely to be a great deal more than you might think. You build your professional reputation as a voice talent and as an...

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The Most Sought-After Type

The Most Sought-After Type

If auditions are a numbers game, which they are… then acting, like most forms of business, is a poker game. It’s imperative you lead with power. Getting cast, as luck would have it, is largely based on type. Knowing what you do best, how you’re immediately...

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