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Archive for April, 2011

Quotes

Today’s quote

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

President Calvin Coolidge
Audio

Audiobooks! Suspense / thriller…Western fiction…Special interest non-fiction

Hear more demos at my website!

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Itsy bitsy me

Itsy bitsy me

Recently, I gave my mouth – er – my voice a rest taking a cruise of the Mexican Riviera.  This was my 4th such cruise, but each and every time out, I’m always awestruck by the enormity of the sea.  Nothing can put your life into perspective like some quiet time on the ocean.  It quickly reminds me that we’re not so big after all!

Video

Watch me work

Links

Another new friend!

PayJunction, Inc. is a southern California company that provides innovative ways to accept and manage incoming credit card payments.  They asked me to narrate a new video tutorial series for some of their cool software!  Thanks, Randy and Justin!

Links

Another new friend!

Lauren and her team at The Phelps Group in Santa Monica needed a voice to promote tourism for their client, Tahiti Tourisme.  Talk about an easy sell!  When do we leave??

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Big Apple, here I come!

2011 is a big year for me.  Not only will I turn 40 later this year, but this is the year that I will finally experience New York City!  It’s not that I seldom travel.  On the contrary, I’ve been to all kinds of wonderful places around the world.  But for some reason, The City That Never Sleeps has always eluded my plans.  But not this year!

So what is it that finally brings me to Gotham this May?  It’s two big book industry events, perfectly dove-tailed together.  The first is the Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC) – an exciting day chock full of all things audiobooks.  The very next day, it’s time for Book Expo America!  I’ve heard that the exhibit hall alone is something to behold.

I’m looking forward to catching up with some of my industry friends while I’m there, and making lots of new ones, too.  And who knows – I might carve out some time for some sight-seeing.  I hear there are a few neat things to see in The Big Apple!

Audio

Commercial Demo

Have a listen to my commercial demo!  Hear more at my website!

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Voiceover coaching? Yes!

I heard a story one time about a guy who was super into bicycle racing.  He wasn’t a professional racer, just a darn good amateur – very serious about his hobby.  Not surprisingly, one of his heroes was Lance Armstrong.  Well one day at a bicycling convention, he’s walking along and bumps right into Armstrong himself.  After an excited handshake, the man started telling Lance all about his bikes, racing experiences, his favorite equipment, and the like.  His genuine passion for competitive cycling was obvious…so much so that Lance Armstrong began to view his excited fan as a peer.  This was made evident by Lance’s first question.

“So, who’s your coach?”  The man had an expensive bike, the finest gear, and even a few trophies…but a coach?  Who needs a coach?  Apparently Lance Armstrong does.

I’ve found in my profession that the same thing is true.  Why?  Because anyone who is proficient enough to be a professional in their field cares enough to hire one.  No one ever knows it all!  True professionals are always committed to constant growth and improvement.  And a good, competent coach is the best way to do that.  Pros know.  That’s why their first question is almost always, “Who’s your coach?”

My coach is the best (of course I am biased) – Nancy Wolfson of Braintracks Audio in Los Angeles.  Not only has she taught me a ton about how to be a better, more effective performer, but she also keeps me “tuned up” along the way.  She’s a critical – and indispensable – link in my professional chain.