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Book Review: Voices of Experience

VOTEbookHardBackCover1Doug Turkel is the author and compiler of this wonderful (free) ebook. It’s not new, it came out in 2012, but I recommend grabbing a download for some interesting reading. One of the most regular things I see on social media is people seeking the thoughts and advice of the ‘pros’. They want to know what other people are doing, what mic, preamp, DAW, cables, coach, or any one of a million things they are using or otherwise doing. This is totally understandable-I often wish for more people in my particular niche to compare notes with! 🙂

Looking through these pages, you can see dozens of fascinating stories from people who ended up in the industry from all walks of life. They all have different answers to Doug’s questions, and there’s a million “golden nuggets” sprinkled across those pages. Numerous luminaries such as Harlan Hogan and Bob Bergen have contributed their stories. Personally, I find it fascinating to read the sheer diversity of backgrounds involved in getting into this business-people have done just about everything before they did voice over!

Since the range of responses in the book is so varied, it’s a little difficult to sum up, but Doug has asked questions about people’s backgrounds, their likes and dislikes of the job, advice on agents, business advice, and humorous stories from their careers. I think it’s an interesting and informative read, plus offering good insight into people from the top echelons of the business.

Book Review: The Voice Over Entrance Exam

artworks-000011353896-xfzwnn-cropPeter K. O’Connell is a person with a lot of marketing know how. He has a background in that discipline, and has well married that with his voice over career. The book I’m writing about is not new-it came out in 2009, but perhaps you’ll forgive me for being a little late to the party when you think about how useful it could be to you. (Grab a download here.)

The book is fairly short, only 53 pages, but The Voice Over Entrance exam covers some unique territory in that span. Most voice over books take it for granted that you should be doing voice over. That if you’re there, and putting effort in, than there’s no reason you shouldn’t continue. In Peter’s book, this is one of the first topics covered. In no way is the writing mean or negative, it’s merely clear and factual. If you want to do this, here are the realities of the business you’re considering.

We’ve all seen the herd of passionate and interested souls who want to get into voice over. I think I see a couple stories a week of someone who got approached by a clueless newbie, or see someone do the approaching in a public forum. People even approach me once in a while! If you’re reading this, you should read his ebook. It’s free. If you’re a voice talent reading this, you should download it regardless. Why? It makes a great thing to send to those people who approach you! I know I’m keeping it on my computer for that purpose. (With all credits to Peter for writing it, of course!) It’s going to save me some time and effort-this way I don’t have to put a lot of thought and care into an email-I can just point them to this ebook as a great place to start, particularly since Peter finishes the book with several resources to check out for more information.

In short, new talent or established, this is a useful (free) resource to have!

Book Review: Sound Advice

dan friedmanDan Friedman’s book has been out for a while. I picked up my copy at Faffcon 3 in Atlanta in 2012. It caught my attention immediately, since even then I had notice the amount of teaching in the voice over community that specifically had to do with the performance side of things. Many of the questions that the talent had and have had in groups, events and otherwise have been about equipment related issues.

I am no expert in this field-in fact I don’t think I’d even qualify as a newbie. But Dan is! I’ve written about him-we had a really great interview. His book is cover to cover full of useful explanations, diagrams, layouts and all kinds of things you can use to gain an understanding of all those cables and plugs and things to put together. Of course the best way to learn is by doing, but Sound Advice will allow give you a great jumping off point to understand better where you should start. I review my copy from time to time to remind myself of everything that can go on before the audio gets to me.

I highly recommend Dan’s book to anyone who could use a solid reference guide on terms and meanings, on everything that goes into working in a studio-even etiquette when working in a studio outside your home! If you’re not an expert already, this is a useful book to have on your shelf, and I think you’ll find it a valuable tool.

Book Review: More Than Just a Voice

courvo bookDave Courvoisier is a well known TV Anchor, voice talent, social media expert, and blogger. Recently, he authored a beefed up compilation of his thousands of blogs into a book. Courvo is known as an excellent, to the point blogger who has lots of information about tech stuff, performance and numerous other topics. He has literally written thousands of blogs, and is well regarded in the voice over community. I’ve written about him here.

At Faffcon 7, I made a point to pick up a paperback copy of his book, and got through it very quickly. Dave is as always, solid and informational, useful and well arranged in terms of chapters and material. The range of material is also excellent, you see everything from performance to productivity. From my perspective as a virtual assistant, I think Dave’s book is very excellent in terms of quality of material, almost an encyclopedia of things that you could use-and I like that he highlights organization strongly throughout the blog and the book. That’s the one area that I see over and over again that voice talent have a hard time taking it to the next level when it comes to getting the non performance side of the business. There are constantly new and better ways to organize, and if one method doesn’t suit you, there is probably one out there that would fit you like a glove if you just don’t give up!

My sole difficulty was the links written in the book. Obviously, with a quick Google search I could find whatever it was that Courvo linked to, but what would be ideal would be for a place on his site where I could reference the links and click through anything I was interested in. However, if you purchase a digital copy, that’s not a problem you’ll have. Plus, digital copies are cheaper. I can heartily recommend his book for an interesting read, and a great reference guide, a compendium of good ideas and helpful tips. Thanks Dave!

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