Happy New Year! And what a new year it is… So many ways I could go with that! But I’ll leave it there.
The main thing for right now is: I’ve started coaching voiceover through Edge Studios! I’ve long been referring people to Edge as a legit place to study VO, both remotely and in-person. For years I’ve been asked to coach; this opportunity kind of “fell into my lap”, as they say…and it finally seemed right. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it, re-connecting with my love for teaching (I was a teaching artist in NYC for 10 years), the beginner’s mind and that passionate newbie spirit!
In addition to private coaching (Commercial VO & Narration), tomorrow night (1/23) and Tuesday night (1/24), I’ll be leading a two-part webinar on Online Casting – or “Pay to Plays”, as they are affectionately referred to within the voiceover community.
You may or may not be aware that P2P’s are somewhat controversial within the “insider” voiceover community. Many people feel they are responsible for the erosion of the industry as we know it, and I’d have to agree with them in large part. However, I believe change is inevitable and I believe you can’t fight technology. Just like with the music business, these changes were bound to come. You can fight change or not, participate or not, but they are here to stay. And the good news is, you can actually use them to jump start your career! I see working the online casting sites as one part of an overall strategy – a tool in the toolbox – and a powerful one at that – IF you use them correctly. They’ve helped me and a lot of other people build very lucrative careers.
For this series I’ll be joined by the one and only Jay Preston, a very successful voiceover actor and community builder here in LA, who got his start on the online casting sites. We’ll be sharing our secrets on how to make online casting work for you – while maintaining your integrity and respecting the voiceover profession. Our combined knowledge would surely take you years and years to amass. If you’re just getting started, or if you’ve ever been interested in learning more about online casting – what it is, how it works, how to get started and what you need to know – this is for you!
You can get more information and sign up here! And don’t worry if you can’t make it “live” to one or both nights – we’ll be recording and all participants will receive a link to the recorded event.