Sometimes, being a narrator for a cool show has its perks! To wit: my family and I got to ride along with the US Coast Guard! It was fantastic! And educational. Old Marine that I am, I was impressed by the other “Semper” service.

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The world is fast becoming more transient and less pinned down. To wit: I have an iPad that will make recording voice overs while traveling much simpler.

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Of course it is. I drew this picture the other day because I really haven’t had any experience drawing animals. To be fair, I drew it from a calendar of horses. I liked the composition and the horse. So in a real sense, I didn’t do any of the heavy lifting. The photographer did most of it in this case. Selected a subject, lightning, position, background (which I didn’t draw), size in the frame, etc. As I was drawing, a light went off. It occurred to me by analogy. I recall someone saying that most popular literature today isn’t crafted by great writers, who can deftly turn phrases and use the English language to its full expression. Most popular books are by people whose talents are in storytelling. The mechanics of their writing may not be perfect, but it all comes together to create something engaging. In the arena of comicbook drawing (which I aspired to be a member of in my youth), the design of the page (or how the story is told) can overcome a lot of lacking talent in actual drawing of figures and scenery (Rob Liefeld springs to mind). And so, I think it is true in just about any field. How you as the artist make the decisions to tell the story is probably the most important thing. I’ve heard it said that a great voiceover talent can make the phonebook sound great (though I’ve never heard it done), and I think that’s true. Though I have to say, good writing can make the VO talent’s job a lot easier. But as long as the story is successful, as long (more…)


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Just testing. Here’s a cat

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As you can see by the picture, it was a balmy 7 degrees F when I got up this morning. Besides coffee, I had a gig waiting from a client in Australia and one from a client in Ireland. Yesterday I narrated a commercial for a client in Israel–all from my basement studio!

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Where will this appear

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Here’s a video demo I put together from narration and promo spots I did.

 


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Another new demo, this one a melange of a bunch of styles. Again, click the red letters.

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While trapped in the Snowpocalypse, I tried to be productive and made a new commercial demo. Enjoy! Just click on the red letters to play.

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Hi there!
If I haven’t had the opportunity to personally wish you a Happy New Year, my apologies and, more importantly, Happy New Year! 2009 is behind us (and not soon enough!) and 2010 is shaping up to be a very good year!

• I just signed a new 3-year contract with Atlas Talent to represent me! Yeah, I know: I’m more surprised than you are. But don’t fault them for their lack of judgment—the rest of their clients really have talent and Lisa, Hoss, Jonn, Meredith, Heather, Tim, Carli, and Amanda (sorry if I forgot someone) really are great people! And they are opening a new office in L.A. this year, which is great and makes me bicoastal! Atlas’ website is www.atlastalent.com.

• I also renewed my contract with Discovery Communications to continue doing their billboards. This makes it 8 years running! You can hear my voice on all their networks (TLC, Planet Green, Military Channel, etc.), and I am told even in Australia and the UK!

• ICS Learning Group (http://www.icslearninggroup.com) hired me for a project to be the intelligent, reasonable voice that provides policy and procedural dos and don’ts for one of their clients.

• In a remarkable act of ventriloquism, I provided an instructional voice for Multimedia Instructional Design (http://multimedia-instruction.com/) over in the UK. OK, we just used the Internet, but still . . .

• My friends at Big Picture (http://www.bpiworks.com/) are using me for the voice of Cowles Ford! I love doing hard-sell car ads! I’ve posted a few on my website for you to peruse.

• SRI, formerly the Stanford Research Institute, hired me to be the voice of their new geospatial mapping technology. Pretty cool stuff, with a lot more applications than you’d think! Check them out at www.sri.com!

• And if you need a female VO, check out my friend Jan Johns (www.janjohns.com). Not only does she do great straight reads, but she does awesome characters as well!

Well, that’s all for now! JJ Surma (another VO) and I are putting together a VO geek podcast, so look for that in February (if you’re into that sort of thing). And I have an exciting animation project I am working on! Can’t wait to share the news about that!

Stay warm and keep moving


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