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Winter Thoughts

VOC Peeps,

Just noticed that Voices of Colors has over 100 members now. Amazing. Hopefully we're not all auditioning for the same work!

Anyway Winter is here and, to be perfectly candid, I've taken a step back from auditioning and am in the process of re-tooling my product. I'm trying to incorporate some of the comments I've gotten over the past year from Coaches and Agents both in terms of the "sound" as well as the Web site and promotional materials. There's a "new" sound out there that, to my ear, seems flatter, less musical, and definitely more "authentic" is the word that's used most often. Don't push, in other words. Even on the audition, I'm told, "tell it, don't sell it," though some coaches say just the opposite in terms of the audition; urging that to be made a little bigger.

So my plan is to spend some time in the studio and see what comes out as well as working with my webmaster, Corey Brown, on a new design which, by the way, will not include photos of me (see Photo Discussion Below).

The last coaching session I had was with Marice Tobias. One of the things she said that stuck was that agents have many ways of saying "no" but only one way of saying "yes" and that's with a signed contract. Which means that when they say "we'll send you some copy" or "we'll work freelance" it's usually a kind way of saying "see ya." Kind of like the equivalent of "we'll call you."

Enough already. I hope 2010 was a killer year for you (don't forget to keep records for the IRS) and that 2011 is even better. And don't forget that this is YOUR forum. Don't hesitate to start discussions, ask questions or just vent. This is YOUR PAGE.

All the best,
Mike H

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  • My setup includes the Snowball mic (a USB mic), the Adobe Soundbooth studio and most impostantly Harlan Hogan's PortaBooth which is inexpensive but wonderful! Clients would be hard-pressed to tell you're not in a real studio when using the PortaBooth. I voiced a national TV network spot for Totinos from here at home merely using that setup (not including the other work I do and auditions). Good luck!
  • Greetings Martin
    I'm in the same boat!

    Hope that is info can be of some help.

    Good luck!
  • Mike thanks for the invite
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    I wish there was a way to beam you all to South Africa, especially this year, to experience the hype as the count down to the first ever Soccer World Cup on African soil.
    I'm sure there are positive spin-offs to the Voice Over industry here. One just has to find them....(or create them!)
  • Greetings Everyone!
    Happy 2010
    Let's get to work!
  • Katie.. forgive the typo.
  • Congratulations to Morgan Freeman as the new Signature Voice of the CBS Evening news with Ktie Couric. Morgan recently replaced the late Walter Cronkite on the opening of the newscast.
  • Greetings! Good Folk:

    I just discovered this here group. Lawd, Lawd!!!

    (Obviously, the New Year has begun in a most positive way!)

    I hope to share--and learn--from this "colorful" body. LOL

    Hats off to you, Mike Hudson for this most excellent idea!

    Continued success all!

    (Awright, les book-em)
  • Greetings to my fellow "Ink-Dipped" Voices...hope all are well and here's too wishing us all continued success in '10
  • Thanks for the invite Mike! Greetings from London, U.K.
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