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A special week

I spent years in radio broadcasting, and the week of June 13-17, I’m heading to Dallas! For many years, I served as the morning host at KCBI Dallas, and with their host Jim Wilson taking a vacation, I’m going back to fill in.

Wonderful to see everyone again!  You can listen online if you’d like, from 6am – 8:30am Central time.  Just click here!
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The value of a Partner

In the voiceover business, we often refer to our customers as “clients.”  That’s a totally acceptable term shared by many industries.  In my view, though, I prefer to think of my clients more as partners.  Why?

Two main reasons, as I see it.  First, and frankly, we are both in business to make money.  When someone hires me to do a voiceover for them, they are going to ultimately use my product to increase their revenues (or those of their client.)  So, we are partners in business – both helping each other to, well, earn a living.
Second, and more important I think, I view myself as a partner on their project team.  When I’m hired for a job, I take ownership of that job – just as if I was in the office or studio with them, accountable to the same standards, deadlines, bosses, and the like.  It’s important to me that my client knows that I’m on their team, and can be depended upon to see the project though.  I never want to become one more thing that they have to manage!  It’s an attitude that I think they appreciate.  They tell me so.
On the other hand, I came across this interesting blog by voice actor J. Christopher Dunn which contains a warning on what happens when you take these relationships for granted!
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June is Audiobook Month!

As a narrator, it’s so exciting to see all the buzz about the world of audiobooks!  I just returned from New York and the Audio Publisher’s Association Conference, and it was clear that the world of audiobooks is growing at a break-neck pace!

Seems everywhere you look, you see them.  Not long ago, I was at a Love’s Country Store in the middle of nowhere, and right there by the register was a well-stocked rack of some terrific titles.  The clerk said that even way out there, they are a big seller.  It seems that Sam’s Club is carrying more and more titles, and none of this even counts the many ways consumers can purchase audiobook content online!
If you’ve never listened to an audiobook, June is a great time to do it!  Take it to the pool, on a plane, to the gym, or wherever you like to just get away.  And let’s celebrate June – Audiobook Month!
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New York is full of books!

Here I am in NYC, the sun came back out, and I’ve met a lot of amazing people at the Audio Publishers Association Conference and Book Expo America this week!  One word that seems to be a central theme is “content.”  Everyone is looking for the best way to deliver content of all kinds to consumers.  Printed books are alive and well, of course.  The other major categories are eBooks and audiobooks.  Guess which one is my favorite?

But seriously, I was quite surprised by some of innovative ways that content will be delivered in the future.  It seems like every other person on the convention floor has an iPad!  
One thing that will never change, however, is that all of this “content” is really just all about the ancient art of storytelling.  Any narrator that can skillfully lift an author’s vision off the page and tell a good story will always be in demand.
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Perseverance and more perseverance

Bob Souer is a man to be admired, and not just for his boundless skill behind a microphone.  Bob is a man of integrity, and here he shares honestly about what it takes to truly become a full-time voiceover actor.  His thoughts inspire me!

PS – President Coolidge agrees!

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A terrific home studio project is completed

I’ve built a couple of home studios in the past, and to say the least they are always interesting and challenging projects.  I get a lot of questions about them.  Unfortunately, what I haven’t done well is carefully capture the planning and building processes for others to check out online.

Enter voiceover talent Paul Strikwerda – the “Nethervoice.”  Paul just completed his excellent studio project, and he did a wonderful job blogging it up.  Congratulations, Paul!
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Working with Wayne!

I had the privilege to do some voiceovers for Wayne Shepherd recently.  Wayne is one of the most prolific and oft-heard personalities in Christian media.  He also hosts a recently-launched radio program called First Person with Wayne Shepherd!  Thanks, Wayne!

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Don’t read…act!

Actors of all kinds would do well to remember this important reminder from the great Paul Alan Ruben.  Whether performing commercial copy, corporate narration, or narrating an audiobook, this lesson is dead-on.  It’s one of the major differences between a reader and an actor.  Thanks, Paul!