Ever-So-Subtle Selling Tactics of Voiceover People

The Ever-So-Subtle Selling Tactics of Voiceover People Starring “The Voice Talent” and “The Lawyer” You know the type.  You’re at a party and they’re the first people to stress the value of their niche business to everyone.  You haven’t gotten a chance to introduce yourself and they’ve already handed you their business card or sales pamphlet, eager to persuade you. Chances are it was probably a voiceover artist.  We do have the “coolest job in the world” after all. Take the following instance at a PTA reception recently: VT: Hi I’m a voiceover artist, what do you do?  I’m a lawyer VT: Oh that’s cool. Do you need a voice? I do commercials narrations promos messages on hold explainers— What?? VT: You never know when…

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When Voice Over And Trains Collide..In Buffalo

   When Voiceover And Trains Collide…In Buffalo As many of you know, in addition to loving voiceover, I’m a serious train addict. Marrying the two loves can be a bit of a stretch, from a branding perspective, but I have no trouble devoting equal amounts of time to both. When voiceover and trains collide, I can be seen almost always on the side-lines at stations photographing train life along the Hudson River. Well, this time I put that addiction to test by taking a much anticipated train up to Buffalo NY for the first time. In addition to exploring the historical landmarks, a somewhat chaotic tour of Niagara Falls in the rain, some great bars/restaurants as well as Art Scene, I got the chance to…

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Always Learning Always Growing

Always Learning Always Growing. I used to think I didn’t need to learn anything. That because I was booking work, I didn’t need to develop existing relationships and start potential ones with others.  That I didn’t need to market myself as hard as others or create opportunities.  As far as I was concerned, if I rested on my laurels and let my agents do the work, as long as they got their 10%, that was the extent of our relationship.  Nothing else was required of me. While there is no requirement or recipe for success as a voice talent, that limiting philosophy couldn’t be any further from my current belief system.  Without a doubt, a lot has changed in our little niche VO community.  It’s…

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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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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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