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Thursday, January 28, 2010

FAQ Part 3

Coming out of your 1st session, will I have a demo to upload, or is this not included?

Whatever you think of your abilities, you are not likely to do a demo even though I have the ability to make you sound like a star on the first day. The point being that unless you have the biggest ego in the whole wide world and are an absolute egomaniac, you wouldn't be able to live up to that demo in a reality situation. What kind of confidence do you have in yourself? You can learn to fly on a computer but do you think you could really go rent a plane and fly it? Not likely. You gotta crawl before you walk, you gotta walk before you can run. Everybody pays their dues. Voiceover, if you're really successful, pays a helluva lot more than brain surgery. How long do you figure you have to study brain surgery before they let you operate?

Next question: If you were hell bent on an early demo, check out my Seminar including demo for $899. My one-on-one demo is $2500 and it has been that price for years but that's after one-on-one sessions with me. In that category it is explained on the website as you know by now.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Most frequently asked questions Part 2

1. Does it take more than one, 1 1/2 hour session with you to understand, and get going, in the voice over business?

Your questions are valid but not easy to answer because everything you want to know varies from person to person. I coached one guy for 2 sessions and he landed a long term contract with NBC at about $175,000 a year and that was several years ago and still goes on. He was already a working Pro in CA. Then there is the case of another guy who had never been in the business. He got a job at my current agent's office in LA doing the engineering for the auditions. My former and late protege, Don LaFontaine took a liking to him and introduced him to everyone he knew around town. He makes in the 7 figures today. These are freak instances but they happen. Could it happen to you? Who knows....These guys have perseverance, tenaciousness and a great love of the business. Do you have that? If you are that kind of person you can make it. If not, don't waste your time and money. Be honest with yourself. You have been told for years you have a great voice, right? The big question is, do you have the guts to do something about it? Read my 2 websites a couple of times over before you spend any money with anybody, including me. Do what it says on my website about asking the tough questions.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I'll say it again.....

....It's not the voice, it's what you do with it. If a person had the greatest voice in the world, it wouldn't get them a job if they couldn't interpret the copy- Capice? - In other words, if their read sucks!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Most frequently asked questions Part 1

Q: Can I get jobs by using some of the VoiceOver Internet Sites or is it more successful to get an agent?

My A: There are a lot of VO Internet Sites out there and you have to pay an annual fee to become a member of their site and receive auditions. Do you realize that you will have to invest in a home studio in order to participate? You can't compete without it, unless you have access to one literally for free. You are a long way away from getting a union franchised agent as a beginner...impossible? No, but not likely.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Questions about Voiceover

If you want to ask serious questions about Voiceover from a guy who's been doing it for over 60 years, call me at 203.748.0378 any day between 6am and 6 pm EST but, please, no personal or money problems talk - everybody's got those - and I'm not a Shrink or a money manager. If I'm out or tied up, leave your name and telephone number, twice, very clearly and slowly you'd be surprised how many people don't. That's your first Voice Over Lesson for free.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Project I'm working on....

I want to throw something out here and see if it sticks anywhere. I have written a biography of a WWII pal who will be 105 this year. He is not only the oldest living survivor of the Bataan Death March, he is the oldest living American veteran of WWII.
He has an amazing history besides the above. I'm looking for a patriot who is a top literary agent – any interest? (You know where to find me.)

P.S. I can't reveal what major motion picture company is interested...seriously, so don't ask!