Fifteen Years Later: A Tribute

  Fifteen Years Later A Tribute Fifteen years later, I do remember this day well- where I was, what I was doing and who I was with. But most importantly, I remember what NYC was like prior to that day, as having been really just around the block (a Connecticut boy making regular visits to the city with his family).  Events of that scale tend to hit me much later and today is one of those days.  Much has changed since then, but the energy and magic are still alive, I feel.  Even with millennial hipsters, holding smart phones, roaming our streets, the feeling is there.  Even with more tourists than this city can sometimes handle, the feeling is there.  Even with rising rent and…

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The Comfort Zone Problem

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The Comfort Zone Problem If you’re a New York City dweller like me or reside in a busy urban area, you may know a thing or two about being in your own comfort zone.   I say NYC mainly because this city is notorious for being a frantic playground for smart careerists.  Being comfortable, frankly, feels nice.  It’s a great thing to know that sometimes we don’t have to go that extra mile.  That being patient is better than just doing it.  That we really can wait until just the right time to take the leap. But then, comfortable is also safe.  And thus, it equates somehow to seeing the glass as perpetually half empty.  It is a life of remaining single and playing the everlasting NY scene vs. putting ourselves out there…

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Spike Lee film – Acknowledging and Honoring A Great City

Spike Lee film – Acknowledging and Honoring A Great City The new Spike Lee film called “Da New Yawk Joint” (great title) is one I’m really looking forward to seeing. Who better than a director of Spike’s stature and experience,  who is so clearly well-versed in all things NYC, to bring this project to life? If there’s any filmmaker as passionate and knowledgeable about New York City,  it’s Spike Lee.  I’ve loved his films since day one and feel that no one can capture the physical, emotional and psychological make-up of this great city better than this man.  With the city rapidly transforming before our eyes, gentrification pervading every avenue and street corner, I find it sometimes challenging to see the very character (what made…

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A Voiceover Artist In New York

A Voiceover Artist In New York You know the scene…voiceover artist in the city: (A crowded Bar in Midtown) Man: Hi (A longer than normal pause) (with slight resistance) Woman: Hi Man: What do you do? Woman: I’m a hedge fund manager. Man: Ah, sweet. Makin’ the big bucks. Woman: Excuse me? Man: Nevermind. Woman: Oh. (pause) What do you do? Man: I’m an artist. Woman: An artist?! Really?! Where have I seen your paintings? Man: A voice over artist Woman: Huh? Man: Um, You know the voice in the tv commercials? Er, one of the voices. Woman: Ah, That’s interesting. I thought celebrities did that no? I don’t meet a lot of artists let alone ones that do Voiceover. How does one get into…

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Conversational, Real, No Voice Over Types Please

* A note to my readers.  The following post is rather lengthy, opinionated and based on one isolating occurrence surrounding my own experiences as a voice talent.  It in no way reflects the voice over industry as a whole.  Please take it with a grain of salt.  The sole intention is to educate and better inform fellow colleagues, talents and various other professionals in this business.   I am always open to debate, disagreement or further discussion so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at moc.illessornaitsirhc@naitsirhC  I thank you for reading. Conversational, Real, No Voice Over Types Please The question continues to bug voice talents like myself in major markets all over the country. Why am I not getting opportunities to audition…

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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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Pause for Power. Yes, really.

Pause for Power.  Yes, really. The power of pause has more benefits than we might think.  Earlier this week at my usual Bikram Yoga class, I had a revelation of sorts.  At the end of class, while we were all lying down in (the unanimously loved) Savasana pose, I started to notice several people leaving early.  A true Yogi realizes that this is not advised, as our bodies need to come to full rest (at least 2 minutes) and sometimes more to make the necessary transition from the hard work we’ve endured over the last 90 minutes.  As a rather harried young woman jumped up and gathered her things before resting, our instructor took notice and said: “Don’t tell me you don’t have 2 minutes.…

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