Conversations With A Voice Seeker Part 2

*Note: This article is a follow-up to an earlier post entitled Conversations With A Voice Seeker which I wrote a few months back.  If you haven’t read, be sure to check it out as well. Conversations With A Voice Seeker Part 2 (Sometimes It Just Works)  The following is an example of a hypothetical situation/conversation between a voice talent and voice seeker.  Some is true and some has been altered. Voice Talent: Hello, this is Mike! Jack The Producer: Hey Mike, Jack here! Voice Talent: Uh, Jack who? Jack The Producer: Jack, the Producer guy. We spoke a few months ago.  Remember? Voice Talent: Hmm.  Not ringing a bell.  Can you remind me what it was regarding? Jack The Producer: Oh, we were going to hire you…

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It’s Not All That Bad

It’s Not All That Bad. New age wisdom for the average voiceover artist. When we’re constantly being bombarded with things it’s good to take a break or give our attention to things in small doses.  Lately, for me that’s been happening.   The following list of experiences, thoughts, epiphanies might help you get through these cold winter months.   And with a grain or two of salt. 1.) If you’re always doing favors for people for the sole purpose of getting something in return, you should re-evaluate the need to do so in the first place. 2.) To past, present and future producers and/or voice over-seekers, it’s kind of awkward when you ask me if I think YOU could do voice over.  As a friendly reminder,…

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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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Yeah, They Went with THAT Guy…

Photo Credit: Gregory Thorp 2013 Yeah, They Went With THAT Guy.. Casting Realities Within The Voiceover and Advertising Business “The spot I auditioned for came on last night and it was completely different from what they originally wanted in the specs. How did he/she get the job and not ME?! WTF!” In this ever-changing and unpredictable industry, some of us voice over artists often have to learn the hard way. A spot we auditioned for months ago finally aired but with a different direction on the copy AKA not the way “we” read for it. Or we booked the job, recorded and then a few weeks later it’s someone else’s voice, or the network CEO’s nephew is an aspiring voice talent, etc. If this hasn’t…

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