As a salesman for over 45 years and a voracious learner, there’s not too many sales techniques left for me to absorb that will make a dramatic impact on my performance. So I’ve investigated other disciplines like psychology, NLP, creative writing, public speaking, storytelling, voice over and most recently, acting. However, voice over has been the most powerful as it has affected several facets of my sales process. [Read more…]
Maybe you’ve been a part of V-amily for awhile (our voice over family, that is)! Or maybe you’re a new kid on the block. Either way, I’d like to remind you of what The Voice Actors Studio, or TVAS 2.0, is all about. [Read more…]
A question I often get asked is: How long should it take me to complete and submit a single audition?
Well, first let me say… If you’re brand spanking new at the auditioning process – it isn’t gonna be quick! First you’re reading/interpreting the script, then voicing it several times. Is your mic on? Is it set at a proper level? Did you shut the AC off?! After recording you’re listening back, selecting your keepers, cleaning them up, and lastly submitting… Yeah. It’s easy to get caught up in overthinking the direction. It’s also easy to obsess and overanalyze your performance. And when no one is there to stop you – you may end up reading any given audition script dozens of times! [Read more…]
On Saturday, I enjoyed leading an On-Going Workshop where we talked a lot about getting out of our own way, and how sometimes when we’re caught up in the daily grind of life it’s difficult to get into a creative, playful mindset… while standing alone in our padded closets! The struggle is real! When you have the energy of your coach or fellow Voicers with you, it seems so much easier to tap into a more spirited performance mindset!
Here are a few tips for shaking off a bad day or going from your corporate day job vibe into revving up your Voice Over Mojo! [Read more…]
I hope you know I think of you often. As a mentor and friend to the VO industry, as I go through my day as a full-time voice actor, I often catch myself thinking… This would be a great thing to share with up-and-coming talent!And ‘marketing’ – aka self promotion – is on that list! [Read more…]
Uh, yeah. Auditioning can totally mess with our minds. We’re so determined to get those bookings! One crucial thing to remember… The voice over business is about selection not rejection. You won’t be right for every project that lands in your inbox. But you will be perfect for MANY!
I’m just a gal on a journey of her own. I love every minute of voicing, mentoring and sharing. Another thing I love to do is write. I have something special I created, blending all of my passions together. I wrote and narrated a guided meditation specifically for the voice over actor. It’s meant to inspire.
I believe in the power of visualization. I’ve applied it to all areas of my life, and feel that it’s been instrumental in my success as a voice over actor. As a mentor to many, and your friend in the voice over industry, I wrote this guided meditation out of love. I hope to help you see what you’re asking for more clearly. The more detailed and focused we are with our goals the better. I hope you find this to be a relaxing, thoughtful resource, and a helpful tool on your unique voice over journey. Wishing you much success. Namaste!
Last month we took some time out for some camaraderie and VO social-ness! We ate, we laughed, and enjoyed some live music out on our patio. This was our very first social at TVAS 2.0, and it did not disappoint! Many of you brought loved ones along to share your home-away-from-home, and had a chance show em what you’ve been doing. It’s so nice to share your playground with those closest to you. Between studio tours and getting to know your VO pals better, it was a beautiful day! Thank you all who could make it! [Read more…]
I hope you know I think of you often. As your mentor, as I go through my day as a full-time voice actor I often catch myself thinking… This would be a great thing to share with my students! And ‘marketing – aka self promotion’ – is at the top of that list!
The most challenging part about the voice over industry, aside from being exceptional at your craft, which is a MUST, is letting people know you exist. Everyone loves the idea of becoming a voice over actor, but few are willing to put in the real hard work. We can love the idea of ‘anything,’ but if we don’t dedicate the time, energy, focus and consistency toward our goal, in this case becoming a pro talent, it’s just a daydream. I’m here to help you make this happen! [Read more…]
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I’d like to introduce you to a part of your body that’s as equally as important as your voice. What on earth could be equally important!? I am a voice actor! Clearly, it’s all about my voice! Mmm-hmm.
I’d like to introduce you to your ears. Those two unassuming little guys hanging out on either side of your head. Did anyone ever tell ya as a kid, “You have two ears and one mouth, so you should listen twice as much as you speak.” That’s a tall order for a voice actor, but there’s a lot of truth in that statement.