Bruce Kronenberg of Abacus Entertainment: Interview

Interview With Bruce Kronenberg of Abacus Entertainment Bruce Kronenberg Interview Last week Abacus Entertainment celebrated their two year anniversary and the launch of a brand new website. For those of you outside NYC or new to the voice over business, Abacus Entertainment is a media production company that specializes in voice over education, demo production, and on-camera training here in the city.  Well over a year ago I had the opportunity to sit down with my former voice over coach and Abacus co-founder, Bruce Kronenberg, and featured our interview as a piece on my blog.  Abacus has come a long way since then.  And the industry has certainly gone though some changes as well.  Bruce’s story and experience with voiceover though is unique in that he started working in…

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Experience, Not Pay, Right?

http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/watch-people-other-industries-react-hilariously-being-asked-free-spec-work-167945
It’s About The Experience Not The Pay, Right? …and it will lead to more work down the line! Experience over pay. It’s sadly an all-too-common phrase you hear within certain industries.  Especially in voice over  And worse, it seems to be accepted in some cases. Last week a video posted on Adweek’s website was quite the buzz. It seemed to resonate for many people in creative fields such as advertising, PR, graphic design and, surprisingly enough, voice over.  Yep, within an hour or so, many of my VO colleagues were posting this video all over social media.  Pretty soon more and more people picked up on it and the video went viral.  The gist was to show how people in non-advertising fields react to “working…

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Best Practices When Choosing Your Voice Talent

Best Practices When Choosing Your Voice Talent Getting the most out of the casting process, preparing for the recording session and ultimately keeping the talent for the long haul. Casting is finally over: Best Practices begin Out of too many auditions to count, you’ve managed to find the right voice over talent for your brand.  It might be a commercial.  It could be an explainer video.  Maybe even an eLearning module or concert Promo.   Whatever the project is, the voice you found has sure brought some life to those words!  He or she gave an interesting take on the material – one that no one else thought of.  Everyone else on the creative team is on board.  Thank God!  Now you can rest easy and…

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A Word Or Two On Agents

A Word Or Two On Agents   Hey Everyone, It’s been a long time since my last post. Hope you’ve been well since last we connected! Things suddenly got busy and I got side-tracked from the monthly blogging (for good reasons), which I have to admit has been a bit of challenge to keep up with.  Honestly, I don’t know where my fellow colleagues (you guys and gals) get the time to sit down and write. At any rate, I’m back with another goodie from a couple of weeks ago, which was originally posted on my other FUN blog, “Voice of Wisdom”, where you can find more scandalous material, including a by-invitation only private 24 hour web-cam, me doing funny things with a mic, and photos of my latest adventures in bars…

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You’ve Heard This Before

  You’ve Heard This Before Dear Readers, I’m back to that place again.  That dreaded feeling of being over-whelmed by the vortex of VO talent blogs, posts, groupies, conferences – everyone disclosing their secrets (and all at the same time I might add), sharing endless wisdom they absolutely have to get off their chest, news that someone somewhere is recording a commercial and they had to let us know how “productive’ they were that morning, etc.  More of the same, more or less.   (CUE booing and ‘ugh, Christian, GOD, WTF dude’) Are you also feeling a bit over-whelmed?  Is your head spinning? Well, make the choice to get away and stick with it.  That’s what I did and do often. I went on a…

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Casting Directors. Are they necessary? (in Voice Over) Part One.

  Casting Directors. Are they necessary (In Voice Over)?  Part One. By now I’m sure you’ve probably heard about a remarkable new documentary out on HBO called “Casting By”, which profiles the often misunderstood role of casting directors in the film industry.  In particular it focuses on the career and influence of one woman, the late Marion Dougherty, who hand-picked and helped foster the careers of some of the most legendary actors in Hollywood history.  While this documentary focused solely on the role of the casting community in film, I was touched by this documentary in many ways.  For one, it resonated with me, as I had considered a career in casting years before I became a voice talent, so I understood the process the…

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The Voice Over Cult…or is it?

The Voice Over Cult..Or Is It? I have to come clean. This voice over business has been irritating me lately. Surprise surprise. Although this time it has nothing to do with rejection or the people on the other side of the booth.  Rather it’s the actual people in the booth- the vo artists themselves.  And how they’re choosing to market and promote one another and share their information, that has me buggin’ a bit. My intention is not to step on any toes so I apologize in advance to anyone who takes this personally.  If you’ve stopped reading, I understand.  If you’re still here, I thank you for your time and patience. And if you still need an explanation afterwards or are confused, my door…

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Get What You Want….And Get It in Writing!

  Get What You Want..and Get It In Writing. I learned a valuable lesson once again: Failure is growth. Or, at the risk of sounding too dramatic: we learn by mistakes. It was simply a case of careless oversight. It can make a world of difference when you forget to do that one seemingly trivial yet crucial task.  In my case, a client I had acquired earlier this year contacted me again to voice a few radio spots for an on-going campaign.  On the last spot, I had settled for the lower fee by NOT dictating a more reasonable rate for myself, factoring in studio-running costs, editing and finishing, in fear that what I was asking for was a clear cut example of high-balling.  (This is…

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The Land Of Almost. It’s Better Than You Think.

The Land Of Almost.  It’s Better Than You Think. Believe it or not, I’m an optimist. Almost booking a voiceover job or getting short-listed is sometimes better than booking because, for me,  it means there’s another opportunity around the corner.  Of course one doesn’t know for sure and there’s a good amount of indecisiveness on the client side, but I’ve found the odds are usually in my favor.  Trust me- it’s a good feeling. We can all agree that rejection takes a certain amount of fortitude and bravery.  So much so that it’s caused me grow an impenetrable wall around mind that prevents any toxic thoughts or negative energy from entering.  Well, lately that is. Not to brag but I’ve been doing pretty well.  Lots…

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P2P or Not2P? That is the Question

 P2P or Not 2P? That is the Question.   Whether it is nobler in the mind  To suffer the slings and arrows of the  Every day fortunes and perils of people in the flesh Or take arms against a sea of online casting sites And by opposing end them?; To lose out, to not book. It’s been a great New Year so far!  The past two weeks have been booked solid with a steady stream of voice over work (hoping it stays that way), several networking opportunities, daily marketing and, last but not least, lots of tweeting! (which I didn’t often do before; please follow me https://twitter.com/crvoiceman) I feel extremely fortunate and lucky.  A lot of this has been made possible by my own diligence…

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