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…] about Voice Over; A Ninja Skill for Business by Geoff Riddle
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…] about Melissa Moats – Mama VO!
The internet is awash in information. Some of it is great, some of it is, well, flushable.
But among all the noise there are some gems. And there’s a host of free information for voiceover that can augment your VO education. [Read more…] about Jacked Up: Free Stuff
Fellow Voicers – I had a super awesome time chatting with our fellow student, Denise Thistlewaite. Wow! Denise is one multi-talented lady. She had always a love of reading starting in her childhood. It grew into a serious curiosity that perhaps someday she could be that voice on audiobooks. She has lent her voice to many pro bono projects for her employer, the Clark County School District, where she has voiced several tutorials. [Read more…] about Joy’s Talent Spotlight: Denise Thistlewaite
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Wikipedia says this proverb came either from Joseph P. Kennedy (President Kennedy’s father) or the Notre Dame coach, Knute Rockne. It’s all about standing tough, manning up, and all that GI Joe kind of thinking. [Read more…] about Jacked Up: Breaths, clicks, and OCD: When NOT to DIY (Do It Yourself)
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…] about Auditioning Advice from Melissa Moats
Hello fellow voicers! I am thrilled to introduce you to a sweet and warm lady, Melodie Maynor! Melodie feels her background in Theater Club and Choir in high school helped lay the foundation for her voice over journey. Her military career of over 14 years gives Melodie a vast amount of customer service experience that she brings to the table. Although she had difficulty finding classes on becoming a voice over artist back in 2012/2013 Melodie didn’t let it squash her desire or her motivation. [Read more…] about Joy’s Talent Spotlight: Melodie Maynor
Allow me to introduce Iris Fields, a fascinating and multi-faceted lady. Her first contact with the voice over world happened when Iris went to Los Angeles to make a promotional CD for her real estate business in the 1990’s. During the taping, the engineer was so impressed with her voice, he encouraged her to investigate Voiceover. That was the first time she became aware of the Voiceover potential and, although still immersed in her 38-year-long real estate career, Iris never forgot about his suggestion. [Read more…] about Joy’s Talent Spotlight: Iris Fields
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…] about Hey Voicer, Feeling creative? Inspired?
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…] about Marketing Moats-ivation!