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ACX is getting greedy – shame on you!

Starting March 12th, 2014, ACX will begin its new royalty share payment system. Gone is the 50% royalty, and kiss the escalator royalty rate system good-bye as well. From that date forward, all newly produced audiobooks using the royalty share system will only earn a 40% commission. And even if you sell a bazillion audiobooks, that rate will never ever [Continue Reading…]

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This guy gets it! Professionalism isn’t dead.

If you’ve ever sent in an audition, then you know it’s a rare thing to get a real “Thank you for auditioning” email. If you’re lucky, you might get an automated email from the website saying that the job you auditioned for isn’t available anymore. But more often than not, you don’t get any notification whatsoever. That’s why the following [Continue Reading…]

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This is AWESOME!

I just saw this posting on a job website and had to share it before it was taken down. Finally someone is speaking out! I did a quick edit on 1-2 things (plus removed the website’s name) but other than that it’s pretty much 100% as seen on the job website. Please check it out!

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Ignorance isn’t bliss – it’s insulting

I’m getting annoyed. Very, very annoyed. I’m getting annoyed at how some voice seekers have become almost condescending towards voice actors. The tone with which they write their job descriptions and the budgets that they post are down right insulting. Yes, I understand that many voice seekers are ignorant of the voice-over world, its rates, and what voice talent have [Continue Reading…]

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Wanna be big? Then start small

Ok. So you wanna be the next Sponge Bob or Porky Pig or Joker or even just a smaller character in an animated series. It’s a good goal. Goals are good. But if you are just starting out as a beginning voice actor, then you’d better stop packing your suitcase for your big move to Hollywood. There are so many [Continue Reading…]

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10 hard rules of life

I’m not sure where this originated, but it arrived in my inbox the other day. I usually don’t pass along these “forward-this-to-the-whole-world” kind of emails, but after a quick read-through I knew this was something worth sharing. It’s mainly aimed at young students who haven’t graduated yet, but I found many of its points very applicable to those of us [Continue Reading…]

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This guy’s got game! (video)

What do Yakko Warner (from the Animaniacs), Pinky (from Pinky and the Brain), Raphael and soon Donatello (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Hadji (from Jonny Quest), and about another billion animated characters have in common? The answer: ONE incredibly talented voice actor! His name is Rob Paulsen No, I’m not talking about a quote from a popular 1999 movie. (Actually, [Continue Reading…]

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The new voice over job

After briefly mentioning the new voice over job that I got back in August I’ve received quite a few emails asking me to talk about some of the juicy details. Since I aim to please, this post will be all about what exactly the job is, how I landed the job, what the job entails, how much time I spend [Continue Reading…]

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How an audiobook is made

During the month of June, audiobook narrator Scott Brick posted one tweet a day on how audiobooks are made. Accompanying each tweet is a link to a video. If you’d like to see the whole tweeted conversation and the videos, then head on over to How an Audiobook is Made.

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Working for peanuts – not prime rib

This isn’t a detailed scientific study. This isn’t even a controlled experiment. It’s just an observation of a single occurrence. And yet every voice actor in the industry has seen something similar. They know this is going on and they know it’s causing the slow decline of the voice actor’s salary and the cheapening of our image as highly-trained professionals. [Continue Reading…]

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