Blog Name is Changing to 42ndStreetVO

Greetings blog readers – I am going to stop teaching the class at San Diego City College and will be changing the name of this blog to 42ndStreetVO – please make a note.

I plan to offer some private coaching and monthly workouts. Those have started – limit 6 people per class.

At the moment, I am posting the workouts as Events on Facebook, but I know there are some people who are not on Facebook, so perhaps I will come up with a different way to have people register.

For the time being – if you are on Facebook and have not already done so, please “like” this page and keep and eye out for the Workouts.


5 Voiceover Reality Checks by Dan Hurst

Dan says – don’t “jump on the wail wagon” and think that making a living in the voiceover business is impossible. You can still do this creative and interesting work and make enough to live comfortably, pay for extras and retire.

You just need to know what you do well and cultivate lasting relationships. Oh, there is more to it than that, but this is a start!

Here is a recent article by Dan with more details!

The Gig Economy – is it working?

The Internet is an amazing tool. It can connect people who need services with people who have those services to offer. But, it can also overwhelm you if you don’t know what it is you offer. The Internet and mobile apps have opened up a seemingly endless stream of opportunities for people wanting the flexibility to earn rent money, while affording job flexibility.

But do you use these options to get you started and move on to making a living doing voiceovers? What is your goal? Most new voiceover people want to get into the business to make money. Didn’t used to be that way – voiceover work was a full-time job and not really considered acting. Announcers, disk jockeys and newscasters were employed by radio and TV stations.

Actors wanted to act and were willing to work whatever flexible jobs they could find so that they could hone their craft and pay their dues – hoping for that big break so that they could quit the service job.

As the radio and TV stations contracted and tossed their full-time talent out into the street, they decided to make the jump into voice acting – but now with the expectation of making money – which they had become used to. They didn’t want to wait tables in order to do so.

Then came the Internet and digital technology opened the flood gates.

Uber used to be your only option, but not anymore. But is the Gig Economy working? Read this great article in The New Yorker today about the gig economy. Long, but very interesting.

Remaining Extra Credit Due Dates

OK, here is your chance to pick up a few more points of Extra Credit if you need it. And even if you don’t these are good exercises!

Trial by TV – Page 20 in Workbook – Due this Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Practice Your Delivery – Page 25 in Workbook – Due Monday, May 8, 2017

Music Makes a Difference – Page 26 in Workbook – Due Wednesday, May 10, 2017


What’s a Buyout and Should I do it?

Another great article from Edge Studio touching on one of the most important parts of the VO Biz – negotiating and understanding what it is your voice will be doing for your client.

A client will ask you for a buyout, which may or may not be a good idea. You need to think beyond any money that is being offered and think about the potential usage of the voice track.

Eyeballs and Shelf-life!

How many people will see/hear what you do? And for how long?

Here is the article for your reading pleasure…

At what point are you selling a valuable service for a simple, fairly valued price, and when do you begin to sell your soul?

Extra Credit Due April 24, 2017

Extra Credit Assignment – Cheese Wiz – on Pages 31 and 32 – is due on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Also be ready to play back your Narration or Documentary Assignment that was due last Wednesday in class on Monday.

For those of you who were absent, we discussed Marketing, so you will need to talk to me about this in more detail, although we will touch on marketing again throughout the rest of the remaining 3 weeks.