Monday, April 26, 2010

GKN Weekly Update 4/26/10

And hello to you on this rainy morning!

This past week has involved a lot of "homework", so to speak. I did a ton of home recordings for a series of animated science tutorials as well as a sci-fi audio book. Dems had lots o' big words! Notable terms included Noosphere, denitrifying, and abiotic. As I write this, I'm noticing that they all have that red squiggly line under each of them signifying, that even the spellchecker doesn't recognize them. It was a pleasurable challenge to define and pronounce all of them correctly!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Like most industries, the keys to success in the voiceover industry include being punctual, professional, and personable. Let's add "sound like you know what the hell you're talking about" to the list! I'm sure we've all tap danced our way through a meeting/presentation in our time, but when you're voicing a script you really need to understand the copy so your cadence and stresses are correct. It's very obvious when you don't understand what you're reading! Don't be afraid to ask questions and do some research on your end.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Respect dress codes. You’ll have more liberty to be funny. Walker Lamond

STUFF: So, who out there can define Noosphere, denitrifying, and abiotic WITHOUT looking them up?

Have a great week!
Respect dress codes. You’ll have more liberty to be funny. Walker Lamond

Friday, April 23, 2010

had a great time at NY Audio yesterday. I really like the people there!

Monday, April 19, 2010

GKN Weekly Update 4/19/10

Good morning, my little chickadees!

I'm blogging a bit earlier than usual today. I have three animated science tutorial scripts to record today and I have to create pronunciation guides for three science-fiction audio stories I'm narrating. Them sci-fi authors likes to use big ole' words!

I want to say hello to fellow GKN member Nicola Barber. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person last week and she was a delight! We had a great conversation about the voiceover industry and I wish her great success in her newly chosen profession.

I also want to give a shout-out to Ascot Smith. Congratulations on the premiere of your film "Last Man of Idaho"! Here is an excerpt from the film. It was an honor to narrate the film and I wish it great success!

TIP OF THE WEEK: The Internet and online social networking is great, but nothing beats a face-to-face meeting. If you have an opportunity to network in person with a professional contact that you only know online, do it! I would like to think that the connection is deeper and longer lasting.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Some rules are made to be broken. Jaywalking is not one of them. Walker Lamond

STUFF!: If you're looking for a really fun & interesting place to hang out, try Books of Wonder/Cupcake Cafe on 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. The cupcakes there will blow your mind!

Have a great week!
Quote of the Week: Some rules are made to be broken. Jaywalking is not one of them. Walker Lamond

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

has voiceover session at Hagens and Full House today. I'll tell the Olsen twins you said hi.

Monday, April 12, 2010

GKN Weekly Update 4/12/10

Good morning! Forgive the banality but I couldn't come up with a fake holiday this time around.

Let's start with a quick word about last week's post. Remember that logo I showed you guys? Well, I can't use it. Fellow GKN member Rob Sciglimpaglia, who is also a lawyer, said it's too similar to the John Deere logo. Bummer! I was really excited about using it. Thanks for the heads up, Rob!

For the past year or so, I've been trying to write less about my accomplishments and more about how you guys can find work. Who cares what work I've been getting? (I know you do, mom!) This blog is about YOU. About what you can learn to enhance your career. Also, I like to showcase fellow GKN members. Members like Angelo Panetta of Panetta Studios for getting me three VO gigs in the last two weeks. For Trish Basanyi and Casey Mauro for doing a FANTASTIC job at the loop group session we were a part of over the weekend. And for Lisa DeSimone for hooking me up with NY Audio (I've already booked four gigs with them!) You're the people that make the Good Karma Network what it is!!!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Kindness and understanding are infectious. They're also critical to living a happy life. Sometimes it's hard to be kind and understanding, especially when you've been hurt. Always try to see things from another perspective.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: I hope the fornicating I’m getting is worth the fornicating I’m getting. King Charlemagne from Pippin

STUFF!: A very huge honkin' thank you to John Florian of Voiceover Xtra for including the Good Karma Network in his latest survey. I took the survey and when I got to the question asking what social networks & forums I use, it listed Facebook, then Google, then the GKN! That was extremely flattering to be among such company.

Have a great week!
Quote of the Week: I hope the fornicating I’m getting is worth the fornicating I’m getting. King Charlemagne from Pippin

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

had a blast working at New York Audio for the first time. Thanks, Lisa!

Monday, April 5, 2010

is on my way to a voiceover recording session at Panetta Studios!

GKN Weekly Update 4/5/10

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a bunny-tastic day.

This is going to be a kooky week! I have a bunch of great stuff going on. Mostly voiceovers, but I won't bore you with the details. There are two things I do want to share, though.

First, remember the film "Last Man of Idaho" I talked about a few weeks ago that I'm narrating? Here's the movie poster!

It releases in a few weeks and I think it will be available for viewing online.

Here's the other thing. I have a new logo!

This is the prototype but it will change a bit. The name will move to above the deer and the "Voices Carry!" tag will move either under the deer within the shield or just below the shield. Not sure which one yet. Also, I'm gonna try an alternate tag:

"Nothing sounds like a Dheere!"

And to answer your question about intellectual property, I'm in the clear because I'm not competing with a certain tractor company. I sell my voice, not backhoes.

TIP OF THE WEEK: The new logo reminds me of the importance of branding. I've noticed that many of the more successful VO talents I know have strong branding. They brand the distinctiveness of their voice as well as their online presence. Check out my blogroll to see what I mean. If you are self-employed you need to distinguish yourself from the competition. There's a lot of us out there, so make it a point to stand out!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln

STUFF!: I want to send a shout-out to my friend Lisa DeSimone. She won a "Roggie" a few weeks ago for referring me to some new clients and one of them hired me! Thanks for thinking of me, Lisa. You're the best!!!

Have a great week!
Quote of the Week: Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln