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New Beginnings

Happy New Year!

Although I checked in once recently here, I’ve not written regularly on this blog for a long time. Part of the reason for that was that I felt burned out, that I had run out of topics and purpose both. I knew that if I continued, I would begin to write the sort of fluff that permeates way too much of online voiceover writing.

So what could my purpose here be? I have thought a lot about what I could share that would be unique and interesting to my readers. I considered discussing organization, since that’s something we all could do better, but there is more than one fine teacher of that topic already. I thought about my experiences, since that seemed to be the most likely place to find something that was not well trod already in our community. I also refused to be the kind of person who writes half-informed on a topic and ends up sounding silly. There is more than one topic where I know some, but not enough to truly be an expert.

Then it occurred to me the number of people over the years I’ve been doing this that have asked me about outsourcing. They’ve either been confused about what I do, unsure of what to ask, and not sure what I needed to know to begin our projects together. Many people in the voiceover industry use outsourcing in one form or another, but there’s very little cohesive information or ideas on how to use someone, when you should, what you should pay and many other questions.

With the New Year, I thought it would be a great time to begin some new posts on that topic, and although I’m not giving myself a schedule to post on, I plan on writing regularly, and bringing in new related topics as ideas occur to me. I hope that you’ll enjoy reading what I have to say, and that it may answer some questions for you about how to expand your business in a new direction with this new year.

You can read the next post in this series Why Outsource?, here.

All Good Things…

ncc1701d_allgoodthings_GWCI hope my readers will forgive me borrowing a Star Trek title. 🙂

But, like that particular episode, I’ve got an announcement. This will be the last regular blog post here for some time.

I’ve done a lot of soul searching about my writing here. I do enjoy the challenge of coming up with content twice a week, but as the weeks have passed, it’s become more and more of a struggle. I’ve always wanted to have interesting, educational content, from my ‘next to voiceover’ perspective. I wanted to point out the things I see or would suggest from all my reading, my experience, and things I think people would find useful.

This has recently become harder and harder, for a lot of reasons. There’s been a lot of personal things that have happened in my life, and a professional re-evaluation that has happened as well. Coming up with this business, I really had no idea what I was doing and learned on the fly. The last few years have taught me a great deal about far more than just running a business, and I feel that it’s time for me to take a step back, and concentrate on some different things. I need to work on taking my skills to the next level, and not just resting on my laurels. It’s easy enough for me to stay relatively busy doing certain kinds of work, but if I ever want to truly expand what I do-to take my own advice and take it to the next level-then I need to better myself, and take stock of my efforts, return, and polish my skills.

If I have something to say, be sure I’ll be back. I know that I’m not doing writing for and about voiceover. I just want to be sure to end this on a good note, rather than when I’m buzzing my lips talking about nonsense, or have to take further hiatuses because I can’t think of anything productive to say.

As always, please feel free to contact me via phone or email-I’m always happy to hear from friends, clients, readers, and voice talent in general. Be well all of you, and thanks for reading.

And we’re back!

wereback1It’s always hard to leave my blog, no matter for how long or short a time. When I’m not writing, it feels like a part of my life is missing.

But a little break always does me good in the long run. It gives me a chance to let my brain percolate and come up with new ideas without the pressure of them having to be on a schedule. I highly recommend this approach when you’re feeling ‘stuck’ about something. Walking away and changing your mental track can really make a huge difference in completing the problem area. Beating your head against a problem is a sure road to frustration and second best work!

I’m so happy to be back on a regular schedule, and here again with you all. I’ve got some great ideas, which will be coming at you starting this Thursday! See you then.

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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