The VOHeroes Podcast

The VOHeroes Podcast

Voice over is a heroes' journey. Make it your journey. Actor, voice talent and storytelling coach David H. Lawrence XVII takes you on a journey each episode into the art, commerce, science and mindset of voice over as a performing art, and as a profession and business. Presented by VOHeroes.com.

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May 23, 2022 5 min

Hey there, hero!

I'm sure that wherever you grew up, there were various names of local points of interest that had very local names.

And you know the right way to say them. But people who aren't from around there? Not so much.

But you can only be familiar with a few areas and their peculiar place names - even if you are a military brat and moved around a lot.

So how do you handle unfamiliar location names when narrating an audi...

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Hey there, hero!

In a recent episode, during my drive to make us all more awesome performers, I forgot a key element in a baby's daily life.

The management regrets the error, and the employee involved will be given mandatory training and increased play time.

Does adding the element of play help? Is it something lacking in your daily to-do list? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hey there, hero!

For as supportive a community that we as actors and voice talent often have in person, online communities can be filled with trolls.

They are arrogant, opinionated, insulting, and love to provoke normal, law-abiding citizens.

(Been to a Facebook audiobook narrator group lately?)

I've often wondered what the best way is to deal with these fools, and have also been listening lately to a podcast from Stanford Professo...

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May 2, 2022 3 min

Hey there, hero!

How many times have you heard the phrase "Just take a few little baby steps at a time, and you'll be fine."?

I have a question: have you ever actually witnessed what happens when a baby takes a few steps??

It's the subject of a tweet that pretty much says it all - and is useful to us all as we learn new skills and start new chapters in our lives.

After you hear my take on this, what are your thoughts on...

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Hey there, hero!

Like clockwork, I can count on questions from my students and clients about whether or not they should upgrade to a new version of their computer's operating system.

Especially when Apple or Microsoft are urging them constantly to upgrade to a new version of their computer's operating system.

Like many things, it depends. But this one is a bit easier to decide than other iffy propositions.

I discuss the differe...

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Hey there, hero!

I usually run all of my private VO coaching calls on Zoom with both of our cameras turned off. That way, I can save bandwidth to get clearer audio.

But sometimes, I'll hear something odd about the sound I'm listening to, and I then ask my clients how their gear is set up.

And sometimes, it's so weird that I'll ask them to fire up their cameras so I can see how they are addressing their microphones, whe...

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Hey there, hero!

What does it feel like to you when I ask about how you approach casting people...as people?

Are you able to look at them as anything other than your barrier to entry? Your speed bump on the way to a job? Your closed door to a booking opportunity?

Or can you look at them as a peer, a partner...a friendly face in a sea of uncertainty?

I have some thoughts for you on how to lessen the terror of approaching these people......

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Hey there, hero!

I was reading a post on Facebook the other day, where a voice talent was really puzzled why she wasn't continuously successful at VO. She had a couple of years where she was showered with work, and then for the last 8 months or so, she can't get arrested.

And her question was, based on her past performance, what had she done wrong to make this happen.

And it reminded me that our business is a lot like the stoc...

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Hey there, hero!

When doing pickups, your final product has to sound completely natural, as if that's how you recorded it in the first place.

And sometimes, breaths can be a bit confusing. Do you edit around them? Do you include them? Do you leave them out? Do they get doubled by mistake?

I have a one-word solution: "Left."

And I'll show you a demo in Audacity so you can make this rule your own.

Does this help? Make sens...

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Hey there, hero!

If you're paying any attention to social media, you see the word "agency" being batted about, and it might be confusing as you see it:

"She exerted her own personal agency when she became part of the Great Resignation and told her employer she was quitting."

OK...

In our world, the word "agency" means two very different things: a working environment for our representation, and our own person...

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Hey there, hero!

We're in the midst of a series of free lessons right now, teaching people how to zero in on the best information around to help them add audiobooks to their performance skills, with the ACX Master Class. (You can watch them all at https://acxmasterclass.com/join - they are all free!)

We let people know they can ask questions about audiobooks, ACX, narration, and...the tech.

An awful lot of people have asked about ...

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Hey there, hero!

In a recent group Zoom session with other actors, one of them dropped a bit of knowledge she'd learned from a college professor, a behavioral psychologist. His teaching was around how gamblers are not only hooked on the chance of winning, but are also given the feeling of hope even when they lose.

I did some research on it, and found this article by the BBC:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160721-the-buzz-tha...

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Hey there, hero!

I've often shared my definition of success: do more of what works, and less of what doesn't.

But there are a couple of things that are hidden in that short phrase. One of them is being willing to test your assumptions, accept the results, and then let go of those things you see aren't working.

But are you willing to do that? Are you willing to say that something isn't serving you or doesn't work fo...

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Hey there, hero!

When making any purchase, it's easy (and common) to ignore the value of something, especially when the price is a bit alarming...in either direction (too high or seemingly too low).

I found an easy way to think about it, and it's a key phrase I use when I'm considering purchasing something (or pricing something I'm selling).

How do you think about the value of something? Do you consider it before rejec...

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Hey there, hero!

I was given a great gift the other day: clear confirmation that I'm a genius.

No, really. And from a legendary sports writer!

Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit is quoted as saying:

“Most geniuses—especially those who lead others—prosper not by deconstructing intricate complexities but by exploiting unrecognized simplicities.”

How does that apply to me? Watch or listen to this episode. It's amazing how well it...

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Hey there, hero!

I often get the questions "What sound recording and editing software do you use? And why?"

Here's my answer: Audacity. For sure.

And I'll tell you why (and why I do when I could use a number of more complicated apps, like ProTools and Logic, but don't) in this episode.

What sound software do you use? And why? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hey there, hero!

I love vision boards.

I hate the power that people sometimes hand them, because I hate for people to be disappointed.

Why I love vision boards comes down to one thing: focus.

Do you use a vision board? How do you use it, and what do you assign to its meaning? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hey there, hero!

We're all faced with a lot to do. Auditions, scene study, gear installation and optimization, training...you name it, we have it on our to-do lists.

And it can get a bit overwhelming to constantly say:

"I have to record some auditions."

"I have to memorize my lines for the shoot tomorrow."

"I have to get my new sound software set up."

What if there was another way to say this that was both emp...

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Hey there, hero!

It's only the second week in January as I record and release this episode, and already, over half of the people who have tried to form a new habit this New Year...

...have failed.

They had all the best intentions, but they missed one awesome approach that might have helped them, according to Atomic Habits author James Clear.

I'll let you know what that one approach is in this podcast, plus some bonus self-talk ...

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Hey there, hero!

I love finding examples of world-class systems of communication, and I found an article that looks at how Amazon teams communicate with each other when creating written documents:

https://bettermarketing.pub/what-writers-can-learn-from-amazons-famous-6-page-memo-de7351e5f771

In it, Sinem Günel shows us a number of ways that Amazon is atypical in their approach to written communication, and what they do to be efficient...

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