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It’s a New Voice Over World Order

Posted by Dale on Nov 29, 2010 in Uncategorized, Voice Over

A few weeks ago I was driving home from an audition, slowly drifting back and forth from actual concentrated driving and looking for something, anything more interesting then driving in LA, when lo and behold what did I see? A sign!

This sign, just like other signs, was designed to catch the eye of passerby’s. Those driving with a constant wondering gaze in search of something beyond the ordinary.

Now a sign that can promise a better life for only 19.99, a greater hamburger for cheaper, a new way to straighten hair, a cell phone plan that can connect you to spaceships in the next galaxy, a place to get a custom voice over demo, an airline that… what a minute, did I actually see a sign on the side of the road advertising Voice Over Demo Reels? Yes my friend, yes I did.

It’s a new world order and enough people now know about voice over to warrant road side signage.

I call that I wake up call from the alien ships above and I better make sure my cell phone plan is set up for interstellar calls.

The days of a few have giving way to the many, and if you’re not busy changing, then you’re busy dying. And the best advice I can give for living a happy full life, is,


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The Game is a Changing!

Posted by Dale on Aug 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Recently I went to a Voice Over conference in LA in an effort to stay atop of what’s new in the biz. As I looked around the room, I quickly became aware of one thing.

I recognized almost no one!

Why is this important? Well, I’ve been in the biz for a while and through that time have come to be familiar with quite a few of the industries working professionals. Those people were not there.

So who was?

I set down at the table and struck up a conversation. From that point on, nearly everyone I talked with were people trying to get into the Voice Over business.

Turns out this conference had people come to LA from Norway, Britain, Japan, even Las Vegas. All hoping to bite from the pie that is Voice Over.

With websites like Voiceover123, the world of Voice Over is no longer in LA, New York, and Chicago. Now it’s in Salt Lake, Madison, and I guess Norway and Japan.

It used to be that the Voices from LA, and NY went to those places.
(I’ve voiced commercials in Europe, Asia and Australia.)

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Now the voices are coming to LA and NY from those places and they’re willing to do if for cheap.

I’m not here to talk about the good old days and how things are going down hill, but rather to identify where the business is headed, so I make sure my business is headed that direction as well.

If you don’t change with the times you face becoming obsolete. Just visit the Closed Steel Mills of Pennsylvania, or talk to a guy who still has a high speed dubbing tape deck.

So it’s changing, now what? Well that’s a great question and one I’m still working on.

The only thing I do know, is that it means effort and work and risk and not giving up on the dream of working as a Voice Over Actor.

 
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The New Year!

Posted by Dale on Dec 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

2010 will not go down as a banner year. Unless that banner reads:

“Good Riddance, Thanks for Nothing!”

As we all hope for improved wages, better returns, more jobs… heck, A job, it serves us to take a look back and see what we can learn from last year.

For me 2009 wraps up the decade with the understanding that the Voice Over Biz get harder the older you get. And most of that can be attributed to the increasing multitude of complexities that come with the adding of years.

These complexities are endless, unavoidable, and unpredictable. However that doesn’t mean they have to be debilitating.

To make a positive is the only choice I have, cause the negative just feeds negative.

"Always with the Negative Waves"

So as I begin my goals for 2010. ( Always a good idea.) I find myself taking that fear and anxiety and parlaying them into focus, renewed work ethic, and a stronger faith in my past. Meaning I know I’m good at what I do, and the down times are just opportunities to catch up on reading and a litmus that make the up times all that more sweeter.

For me the year was one for introspection and making sure that all the “junk” that happened doesn’t through me off my balance.

So it is with great excitement, feeling as if I’ve found my balance, that I enter this new decade. There will be much work, with no few guarantees. However, I look forward to looking back at the end of 2010.

Here’s to the next decade in the biz.

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Going Back to School

Posted by Dale on Oct 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

After many years of resting on my laurels, which at times was very uncomfortable, as it turns out laurels can be quite prickly. I’ve decided to reinsert my self into the role of pupil and search for enlightenment.

I was searching for some sort of shaolin monk to teach me “The Path”, but when I found out how much Monk’s were charging these days, I settled on an acting class on Pico Blvd.images-4

The questions are: Why? Why Know? Why an Acting class?

The answer: Cause it was time.

I just knew it was time to get back out there, and you know what, I have no purpose other then that. I have little idea where this is going to lead me and even less expectation.

All I know is I needed artistic stimulation with a little direction thrown in. You know something to add a little flavor to the soup.

I think that at some point every artist needs some type of class, seminar, or workshop to reawaken vision, or on a less esoteric note, get some blood pumping into stagnant muscles.

Only thing is, that you have to be ready to except it’s consequences.

Side effects can include: Hard Work, Artistic Rebirth, Telepathy Powers, Success.

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Fingers Crossed

Posted by Dale on Oct 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

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Hoping for two new pilots I just did to get picked up. Mall Cops “Mall of America” a show that picks up where Paul Blart left off, but with less Blart and more officer. The Pilot aired Thursday October 15th. The other, as of now has no air date. It’s called “Conveyor Belt of Love” and is just what it’s name says. 5 Women watch 30 Men come by on a conveyor belt and decide if they’re interested. I want the show to get picked up simply for the opportunity to get a t-shirt.

Who wouldn’t want a “Conveyor Belt of Love” T-shirt? Well, maybe my parents.

Just like On Camera actors VO actors have to sweat the networks suits deciding, in their infinite wisdom, whether a show is a GO. Cool thing about VO actors is they can have multiple shows at the same time.

But just like On Camera actors, just because you did a show that got picked up or renewed doesn’t mean you can’t be killed off.

Now maybe your character won’t die a tragic death in a freak Tea picking expedition on the tundra in Tibet, but there might be a producer who thinks they can do your job better, and it’s the same end result.

So keep your fingers crossed, have your family and friends praying, knock on wood, send bribes, or carve a tiki.

What ever you do realize it all turns to dust, the flowers die, and shows all get canceled. images

And yes The Simpsons, One day, will get canceled.

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Back To Work

Posted by Dale on Aug 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

Talent plus Patience will get you every where in this business.

So you’ve cut 3 strokes off your handicap, you’ve cleaned your entire house with a toothbrush, and learned the life stories of everyone at your local coffee shop.

Such is the life of a Voice Over Actor with no sessions. Some one looking at your life might say “Sweet! Time to do all those things you ever wanted.”

That same person looking at your bank account might say “Glad I work in Accounting!”images

One truth I’ve learned is that those two little things called Patience and Talent always, eventually, demands. “Let my people Work!”

Then the gates are opened and either trickle back in, or sometimes flood in Biblical proportions.

It never fails, they don’t want you, so you plan a trip, then they all want you at the exact same time, the day after you’re scheduled to leave.

So you’re working again! So Fricking what!

The money won’t be seen for at least 2 to 3 weeks, and that’s just the session. Never forget there’s always some jerk face down the line that has no reason to hate your voice, but does, and decides that the play he wrote in college that got picked by his class as most likely to be produced, qualifies Him to do the voice over.

Your first job after your new sessions is to go home cook Ramen noodles, adjust your televisions rabbit ears and watch Full House reruns.images-1

Do Not Spend what you Haven’t Got.

It’s simple really, but somehow slips the minds of the newly working as they’ve suddenly forgotten the unemployment line, and see only fat chunks of residuals piling up in the back of their new Beemer. Bought with the promise of money to come.

Don’t kid yourself, play it safe. Wait for the sessions to pile and the residuals to hit your bank account before picking up the tab at Spago.