Productivity

Merry & Bright

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We have two very special gifts under the Voxmas tree today, from two very special Voxy Ladies! First, a copy of Voxy Lady, Julie Williams’ How to Make Money in Voice-Overs Even if You Don’t Live in N.Y. or L.A. (5CD VO marketing course) AND a free registration to one of Julie’s Voice-Over Webinars to get your 2014 off to a fantastic(…)

Girl On Fire

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Almost two months ago I (Lisa) accepted a position as a “personal voice shopper” for SunSpots Productions, and early last week I celebrated my 100th casting/booking since coming on board with SunSpots. I have learned so much in this short time, and everyday I’m gaining new insight into some of the things that differentiate voice actors(…)

Guerillas & Purple Cows

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“Today the one sure way to fail is to be boring. Your one chance for success is to be remarkable.” -Seth Godin You have to live outside the box to persue a career as an actor. Heck, you have to be a little off your rocker be in this business. Like my mama always says, “You(…)

Lisa Says Relax

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A few weeks ago I received an email from fellow Voxy Lady, Bobbin Beam that had evidently come from her Smart Phone because underneath her signature I read, “Sent from my Smart Leash”. If you’re a voice actor, or an entrepreneur of any kind you understand the (oftentimes) unhealthy dependency we have with our Smart(…)

How To Sound More Better

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Once upon a time, I won the 4th grade spelling bee…by default. I was the last one in a line up of 10 kids to correctly spell Photosynthesis. The only reason I spelled Photosynthesis, right is because the 9 children before me spelled it wrong. I’ve haven’t won any spelling bees since. These days most(…)

A Moment in TIME

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Early last month I received an email from TIME Magazine asking if I would be interested in being interviewed in an article about being a woman in the voiceover industry. Of course I told them I’d have to think about it……NOT!! If you had told 13 yr old me that one day I would grow up(…)

With A Little Help From My Friends

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Last summer I came across an article in Scientific American titled,Why We Help: The Evolution of Cooperation. In a nutshell, the article states, “People tend to think of evolution as a strictly dog-eat-dog struggle for survival. In fact, cooperation has been a driving force in evolution.” Please note, I don’t intend to open the floor for an(…)

Mid-Year Reassessment a.k.a Check Up From The Neck Up.

Mid-Year Reassessment a.k.a Check Up From The Neck Up. 9

Hard to believe it’s past the mid-point of this year. Wasn’t it just New Year’s, when we all made our best resolutions? I always commit mine to paper. They are more like annual goals for me. I keep my list taped to the wall of my work station. But sometimes it seems like the hardest(…)

A Few Feminine sacrifices for Voiceover work

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We’ve all been there. The moment when you realise your outfit and accessorising is hindering your work. I’ve streamlined my style to fit my working life, and ensure when I need to record, I’m raring to go. A few sacrifices to my wardrobe have been made, thought you might like to hear them. In my(…)

#FlavorOfTheWeek: Alicyn Packard

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She is Alicyn — a sun lit voice-over artist, actress and musician illuminating airwaves & screens, scripts & stages daily. She can be heard daily starring in the hit series Poppy Cat on NBC & Sprout as the cute-to-the-max bunny Alma. Alicyn’s silver lining sound can also be heard as Miss Sunshine, Miss Whoops, and Miss Naughty in Cartoon Network’s Emmy-nominated animated program, The Mr.(…)

Ask, Show Up, Follow Up: Old-Fashioned Marketing Still Works 5

Take a look at your last ten voice-over jobs – or, if you are just starting out, think about another business venture you had that was successful, or even your solid friendships. You may find that the “secret” to that success is as simple as ASF: ASK SHOW UP FOLLOW UP Sales experts talk frequently(…)

My Dog Ate My SAG Card 6

Recently we reached out to producer, director, mover, shaker & all around great guy Jim Kennelly, from LOTAS Productions (NYC) and Real Time Casting. We wanted to get the real scoop on Real Time Casting, and to find out if it was “just another” online casting site or perhaps something different and maybe even revolutionary.(…)

Boys Whose Voices We Have Crushes On: Bob Bergen 3

This weeks “voice crush” is none other than Bob Bergen, perhaps best known as the voice of Porky the Pig. However, around the voice over “water cooler”, Bob is regarded as one of the most generous folks in the business. Bob freely gives his expertise, insight & mentorship to budding voice actors on a regular(…)

Against the Odds 9

By Jennifer Knight I was recently interviewed by Lily Rothman of Time Magazine. She’s doing a story on women in voice over and wanted to know my thoughts about the movie, In A World, by the amazingly talented Lake Bell. Bell wrote, directed, and stars in this funny and engaging film, a win for any(…)

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22. 17

I recently taught a class on branding & marketing for voice actors and obviously we covered social media marketing. I’m a HUGE fan of Gary Vaynerchuk & before I taught this class I re-read his book Crush It. Of course I was completely inspired all over again & made sure to share one of my(…)

Perceiving Possibility 7

I was chatting on the phone with Celia Siegel a few weeks ago & we were talking about perception when she happened to say the most unusual thing. She said, “I love traffic”. I’ll let you think about that for a minute. She went on the qualify her sentiment by saying, “When everybody’s cruising along at(…)