Who doesn’t like falling in love? Dating: Collecting data. Is this person a giver or a taker? Do they fit inside my moral and spiritual compass? Do they mix Raisinets with their popcorn at the movies? Are they a good fit for me? All boxes checked, and you’ve found “the one”. They invoke some strong emotions: Euphoria, loss of appetite (or the opposite!), increased energy, anticipation, well, you get it. I get these feelings every time I get a juicy audition, or stumble on a great prospective client. I get it after I’ve completed an audition that I know I have a great chance at booking (we here at TVAS are well trained, so we have a leg up on all auditions…we book work! JMO). To paraphrase a speech I heard a long time ago, my work takes up a large part of my life, so I need to actually do the work that I believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what I do. If “the one” turns out to be “no one”, then keep looking, don’t settle. Voiceover is the one for me; I’m in love!
There’s a lot of time spent auditioning and not booking. The key to surviving that is entirely up to the individual voice actor.
It’s your choice whether to feel good or bad about things beyond your control. And how a client feels about your audition is COMPLETELY out of your control.
What IS in your control is the quality of your performance and the quality of your sound.
[Read more…] about Auditions and Not Booking
Hello fellow voicers! I had so much fun chatting with Tim Callaway about his voice over adventure. Tim has a background of 6 years being a DJ. He found that being a DJ did not pay enough money so he started pursuing podcasting. Tim’s podcasts were about the “happiest place in the world”; Disneyland and everything and anything Disney. During this time Tim was living near our original TVAS studio and often noticed the studio sign out front. In May 2016 he stopped in and thus began his VO career. One of the classes he enjoyed the most was Dave Fennoy’s character workshop. [Read more…] about Joy’s Talent Spotlight: Timothy Callaway
The holiday rush of last-minute radio and TV spots have subsided. As someone still relatively new to the industry, a thought crossed my mind: Is there ever a slow time for getting voice over work? My answer is no, for one simple reason. I have the ability to pick up the phone. Most days, it’s easy to do, but some days, it weighs over 50 pounds. [Read more…] about Inspiration Corner: Free Marketing Tool!!!!
Although every day is a fresh start, and a chance to set course in any direction, I really love the beginning of a new year. It’s a great time for reflection and a time to ponder all of the countless possibilities ahead. As 2018 kicks off I’d like to share some inspiring words passed along to me from someone very special in my life. These words resonate so deeply. [Read more…] about New Year Blog Love from Mama VO
I think I’ve figured out the best way to book gigs: go on vacation. It never fails. I’m packing, shutting off the water, herding the cats into their carrying cases, and boom! My email sings out with a “Hey, could you do this rush job today?” thing.
Now, were I to NOT be going anywhere, you know, just sit around—it would ZIP, ZERO, just CRICKETS!
Hello fellow voicers and welcome to this segment featuring an extremely dynamic woman, Charlene Sher. Charlene started her voice over, radio, film and theater career in Cape Town, South Africa. She has appeared in several movies and starred in many famous roles on both radio and stage. Charlene was cast as the lead role of Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, Blanche in “A Street Car Named Desire” and Florence Unger in the female version of “The Odd Couple”, just to name a few, as her repertoire is quite extensive. [Read more…] about Joy’s Talent Spotlight: Charlene Sher
Over the years, there have been two camps that become more vocal this time of year: Those who make New Year’s Resolutions, and those who don’t. Even way back in ancient Rome, where at the beginning of each year, the Romans made promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. [Read more…] about To Resolve or Not to Resolve?
Some people thrive on routines. Some enjoy complete chaos. To some, watching the morning TV show, eating the tried and true cereal, and getting out the door at 8:07 is the thing to do.
How about you? How will you manage your freelance VO day? Is there a time for and value in social media? Is there a best time to record? When will you edit your stuff? When will you market? When will you practice and keep up with learning the craft, adapting to the fast changing VO world? [Read more…] about What do I do with my VO day?