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  • Christine...I am so glad you are recovering and I hope no further illnesses touch you!
    Darla...I know how you are feeling...it's so exciting really! Would love to hear some of your stuff since the tweaks!
    I sure hope I haven't taken too many shortcuts! My studio space has evolved, but I cannot get rid of the highway noise outside, so do most of my recording late at night. (though I am rural, my home sits on a fairly busy 2 lane country highway) I have an inkling that using a directional microphone will help me in this. I have a wonderful mic, and I love how I sound in it, but it picks up everything! I am thinking 1.) get someone in to evaluate 2.) build a sound-proof room in here somehow 3.) change mics 4.) keep on keepin' on! Anyway...Philip-great points, especially the idea of being client-centered. I suspect that's great advice for everyone, but particularly germane to those of us on the outskirts.
  • Phillip, you mention, "ideally ISDN". I've talked with others who say no need for ISDN until your client list is in need of ISDN. In other words, if your own studio is capable of broadcast quality, what's the return on investing in ISDN if you don't have anyone who needs it?
    I'd be interested to know if you had it first and used it as marketing leverage or, if the need was there and you invested.

    Becky and Darla - congratulations! Both big milestones.
  • If you're in the "outback" then you need to ensure that people are able to find you and have access to you voice. This scenario is no place for short cuts. You need a good sounding room, a good mic, robust internet connection and ideally ISDN. Here's the kicker. To do things properly you need to spend at least $8,000 may be more.

    The logic behind the above is CLIENT centred NOT voice centred. Most clients can hire a good voice and a good studio to get what they want. If they find a remote working VO they need to be certain that they are getting quality because if they don't they'll simply go elsewhere.

    Like any business, VO work is a risk because you need to spend BEFORE you earn and there's a chance you may not earn a penny.
  • I finally booked a tv commercial week before last! It was a glorious day-my first since starting this whole adventure 8 months ago. I kept remembering my one little radio spot done back in the early 80's, and though I know more now about the inside machinations then I did then, it was still quite a similar experience for me. Anyway, the agency that I am with is small, and warns us all that we should only count on part-time opportunities with them. I have been with them for a year, and do most of my auditioning from home. I will occasionally drive the 1 1/2 hrs up to audition, but in a year, I would say there has only been approximately 20 opportunities to audition. So, needless to say, they can only be a part of my plan! P2P...well, for me, I am coming to realize that my studio set-up cannot be considered broadcast quality. Oooooh, that's hard to admit, but the deeper I get into it, the more I need to make improvements. This little social site has so much information and assistance, but I am gonna have to budget some money for a third party to check out my setup, do some listening and give me further direction! Question: Do you think that your home studio set-up and quality is THE most important factor of success for those of us a bit off the beaten track?
  • Being new to VO, I have just started to "test the waters" so to speak. I started to send out audition demos via P2P sites on Monday. With each audition, I become more comfortable with my studio set up. Which means that I can do them faster with more of a critical ear. Did five last night. That's an improvement from doing only half of one on Monday (because I forgot to use the correct sample rate). I've listened to some of the demos that I made in April & May and just gringe now. Time to redo them I guess (LOL). Oh well...learning curves are fun!!
  • Life is plodding along very nicely. Like most people I have the odd quiet day but they are getting fewer and farther between.
  • Hello Christine and Philip! Sorry to have been away from this wee group so long! Glad everyone is here! How is voiceover going for everyone these days?
  • Hello from Portgordon, Scotland. www.portgordon.org.uk
  • Hey Becky, I found you again. I have spent the last 5 weeks recovering from a minor surgery become major with multiple complications. Anyway, I am stronger gradually. Within this week I should my studio set up with some new equipment. Glad.to be part of this group.
    Christine Ivy
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  • It's been raining and storming here on the prairies for the past few weeks. Normally, around this time it's getting hot and dry. The poor farmers are crying because their crops are being drowned out. That is if they were able to get into the fields to plant at all.
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