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Thursday, January 28, 2016

5 Habits of Successful Voice Over Actors

Remember that book that came out in late 1980s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?  Well, it was a bestseller that showed people how to reach their goals by adopting and practicing 7 habits in their daily lives. I saw it referenced somewhere recently, and it got me thinking about finding success in the voice over industry. So I came up with my own list of what I believe are the 5 habits that successful voice over actors practice. They are:

#1 - Take care of your mind, body, and soul. You’ve heard the old adage - when you have your health, you have everything. This is so true in VO. The profession is much more demanding than many people realize, and it’s easy to get run down. Taking care of your body by eating right, exercising, and drinking plenty of water is important, but so is caring for your mind and spirit through breaks, time with family, meditation, etc.

#2 - Take care of your relationships. A person’s important relationships are what keep them grounded and connected, and without them, you can easily become lost. No matter how busy you get, don’t forget to nurture your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.

#3 - Have the right perspective. Remember that your happiness and success is highly dependent on your perspective. Don’t get so focused on one project that you forget the bigger picture, and know when to push yourself and when to back off. Having balance is one of the keys to meeting your goals.

#4 - Set goals and look to the future. The most successful voice over actors have a clear plan of where they want to go with their career. They set milestones along the way, and work diligently towards them. Having goals spurs motivation and greatly increases your chances of finding success in the industry.

#5 - Treat VO as a career, not just a job. There’s a big difference between a career and a job, and if you treat your voice over work as simply a job, you probably won’t get very far with it. On the other hand, if you view it as a career, and you dedicate time and effort to developing it and building it into something great, you are much more likely to be successful. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Why Self-Producing Your Demo May Not be the Best Idea

Any voice actor out there knows you need a solid demo if you want to land work. Your demo is your introduction for yourself and your skill set, as well as an overview of your body of work. Basically, it’s YOU, and it’s often your #1 marketing tool. With this level of importance, it’s no wonder that demos can cost so much to produce. This leads many artists to opt for self-production, which is far less expensive. However, I’m going to argue that producing your own demo isn’t the best idea, at least at the beginning of your career, and here’s why:

     Audio quality. Are you a voice over actor or an audio engineer? Most VO actors have some knowledge of audio production - and some have lots - but that doesn’t make you a pro. And your demo really needs a professional who knows what it takes to make it stand out from the rest. Unless you understand the nuances of sound compression, de-essing, and things of that nature, it’s best to leave the audio work to the pros.

     Mixing and pacing. A great demo tape moves seamlessly from one recording to the next, with smooth and convincing segues. It’s never choppy or inconsistent sounding, and the mix of recordings showcases who you are as an actor. There is an art to putting together a standout demo, and there are people who practice this form of artistry every day. You don’t, so let the true demo artists handle the selection, mixing, pacing, and all the other elements of piecing together the perfect demo.

     Objectivity. Your demo is your baby, and it’s hard to be objective when you’re working with something that is near and dear to you. Except objectivity is exactly what your demo needs to be the best it can be. You need constructive feedback from an unbiased person who can listen and critique, and then give direction on how to make it better. You are not that unbiased person, so let someone else take on that role. 

*One word of caution though. Be careful that your demo does not become "over-produced" and you find it difficult to deliver work that sounds like your demo. You should still sound natural on your demo and be able to reproduce those performances for working projects.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Listing Your Voice Over Rates on Your Website

Like other industries, the digital marketplace has opened up doors like never before in voice over. Actors are able to create websites to develop an online presence, and they can do virtually anything they want on their site - add work samples, videos, blogs, you name it. One area that’s still hotly debated though is whether or not you should include voice over rates on your website. Here are the pros and cons of doing so:

The main benefit to including your voice over rates on your website is in the time savings that results for both you and clients. Having your rates posted can speed up the negotiation process between you and potential clients. The fees are clearly listed, so all that’s left to discuss is the work scope and deadline - there’s no haggling and back-and-forth about costs. Many clients also appreciate the fact that the rates are readily available, so they can find an actor that fits into their budget without having to contact each individual and request their rates.

There’s really only one con I can think of that may occur when you post your rates on your website, and that’s drawing the client’s attention away from what really matters - your expertise and skills. Your client may be focused more on the fees than on what you have to offer, which isn’t where you want their focus to be. I've decided to keep rates off of my website giving a client a greater opportunity to contact me and discuss the project at hand. 

Deciding whether or not to include your rate structure on your website is completely up to you. Many actors find that posting their fees increases client contacts, while others prefer to discuss this aspect privately. Some also structure their rates according to specific projects or clients, so there is room for negotiation. It’s a personal decision, and one that you should weigh against the pros and cons. You could also talk to other VO artists in your network to see what they do before making your decision. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Fitness Tip #9 From a 32 Year Fitness Novice

Five warning signs your gym may be going out of business.

Between the buyouts and the flops, I’ve been a member of 8 fitness centers since 1983. I’ve seen them come and go. I’ve seen fitness trends change. Weight lifting and aerobic machines become more advanced. I’ve seen Aerobics classes, Step Aerobics classes, Jazzercize, Kickboxing, Yoga, Zumba and many more group exercise trends morph into new ones. Childcare facilities have been added. In the larger gyms, racket ball courts, tennis courts, swimming pools, saunas, whirlpools, steam rooms, eucalyptus rooms and more have been added. (Of course, many of these larger accommodations have been around in gyms longer than I have been around.) I’ve watched complete renovations take place working around the construction while I was working out a the gym.

While all of these changes have been productive or just necessary to sustain membership, many of my past gyms have gone out of business and/or were bought out by another company. 
After all, these gyms are expensive to establish and maintain. According to the 2016 Statistic Brain Research Institute there are 30,500 gyms in the US, with 58,000,000 members (about 16% of the population) belonging to a gym - 67% of whom never use them. When you start to break it down, the fitness center/gym business is risky business. It’s no wonder so many go belly up and/or get bought out by larger companies. 

Of course, there is a lot of “flash” and glamor around fitness centers to entice folks into the fitness lifestyle. Most gyms are constantly campaigning to attract new members and compete for advertising space on TV, radio and in print. They count on many members signing up and not actually using the gym to workout in. 

So, through the years, I’ve seen a pattern take place when I think the end may be near for the gym I am a member of. These are 5 warning signs I’ve noticed over and over.

1) You start to slowly see maintenance begin to slack off. The exercise equipment begins looking shabby with tears in the padding, parts missing or broken that were once replaced quickly. Warn out carpeting is not being replaced. Large screen TVs are missing or not operating. Even the locker rooms are not being cleaned as regularly as they once were.

2) The staff has suddenly been reduced. And sometimes even becomes a bit apathetic toward    the day-to-day business at hand. Maybe staff attendance hours have been cut back. 

3) Men in suits you hardly ever see show up and begin looking around the facility. Maybe eyeing to buy or are talking with the staff behind closed doors.

4) The normal member day-to-day traffic flow seems to be disrupted or slows down.

5) You are asked to extend your membership contract months before the renewal date. 

In spite of these things, I think most gyms are quite stable these days but may be bought out by new owners affecting very little in the way of change to the facility. When public gyms, besides the old standbys of the YMCA/YWCA and the like, and lengthy contracts were legal in most states, gyms were getting a bad reputation through the 1960s and 70s. It never hurts to check out the company who owns your fitness center by doing a little research on them. I’ve only once, back in the late 1980s, been stuck with a contract that extended a few months beyond the life of the gym I was attached to. And I lost some money there. 

Otherwise, enjoy your time in your gym! As they say, you get out of it as much as you put into it… and then some!

See ya' next time for Friday Fitness tip #10!

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a fitness expert in any way. I’m not a certified trainer, dietician, or medical doctor… nor do I hold a degree in physical education, dietary science, sports medicine or any other field related to today’s fitness. I am just a normal guy who’s been working out regularly at a gym, 3 - 4 days per week for the last 32 years. I take my health seriously. I figure, I do no service to my profession as a Voice Actor/Voiceover Talent (sometimes on camera) nor to anyone else if I don’t try and maintain good health. And I’ve learned a few things along the way that I’d like to share with you. These ideas work for me and just might work for you. Please consult with your physician before starting an exercise program. Stay tuned for many more tips!  

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Top 5 Home Remedies for Hoarseness

It’s every voice actor’s worst nightmare - losing your voice right before a recording session. Voice loss and hoarseness are two things we all deal with at some point, though, and there’s not usually a lot you can do other than wait it out. However, if you want to speed up the process, there are a few home remedies that many actors swear by. Here are the top 5:

1.    Honey - Honey is very effective at soothing an irritate throat. It coats the throat and helps reduce inflammation and discomfort. You can try swallowing a spoonful of raw honey a few times a day, or you can mix it in warm water and drink it.

2.    Apple cider vinegar - Millions of people swear by this tangy, multi-purpose liquid, including many VO actors. It has antimicrobial properties that are said to help fight the symptoms of laryngitis, which can cause hoarseness. You can mix it in a glass of warm water to dilute it and make the taste more palatable.

3.    Steam - Hoarseness is sometimes caused by a dry throat, so adding a bit of moisture can help ease the symptoms. You don’t need a special steam machine to enjoy the benefits of a steam treatment, either. Simply boil a large pot of water, add a few drops of essential oil such as lavender or chamomile, put a towel over your head, lean over the pot and inhale. I also keep a small electric burner filled with Eucalyptus oil in it to keep me clear in my recording room.

4.    Cayenne pepper - If you can handle the heat, cayenne pepper can deliver amazing soothing powers to an irritated throat. Try mixing it with a tablespoon of honey and eating it, or you can add a dash of it with some lemon juice to warm water and drink it.

5.    Salt water - Gargling warm salt water is highly effective at reducing voice hoarseness. It helps remove mucous in the throat while reducing irritation. Salt water also acts an antiseptic, which can help treat any infections. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Voice Over Website Mistakes to Avoid

Creating a website is no small task. There’s a lot of content involved, and it has to be presented in a way that is eye-catching without being distracting, and informative without being overwhelming. Finding that happy medium can be tricky, so it’s no wonder that so many voice over actors make the same mistakes with their websites. Here are 4 website no-no’s you need to watch out for when building your online presence:

1.    Trying to be too different. There’s nothing wrong with trying to stand out; in fact, you should be doing this. However, there’s a fine line between standing out and being completely unfamiliar. People need to be able to easily navigate your site, and a conventional layout that is familiar to the masses is the best way to do this. Throwing your site visitors a curveball with the overall look and navigation is the fastest way to drive them away and into the arms of another actor (theoretically speaking, of course).

2.    Going overboard with the content. It can be tempting to try and cram every little detail about yourself that you can into your website. You want people to be informed after all, don’t you? Well, yes - to a point. You want your visitors to find the information they need, such as your body of work or your rates or skills, but you also need to leave a little mystery. Plus, overwhelming them with too much content can make your site appear overloaded, not to mention it can be more difficult to navigate. Remember, the main reason a voice seeker goes to your website is to hear your demos.
So make sure they are quickly and easily accessible. 

3.    Not including enough content. On the other hand, you don’t want to underwhelm them either. Not providing enough information can be detrimental, as people want to be able to access the information they need without having to search for it or contact you before they’re ready.
4.    Adding too many links. There’s nothing wrong with adding a few strategic links to more content, but links should be treated more like commercials. They’re fine in moderation, but you don’t want too many of them. An overabundance of links can also make your website look crowded and jumbled, and it forces your visitors to make a choice - stay or go. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

3 Factors to Consider Before Accepting a New Role

You’ve probably been there before, browsing through auditions and then you see it: a voice over gig that you just KNOW would be perfect for you. The project is right, the pay is right, and everything about it just seems perfect. But hold on a minute, because there a few things you need to check over before signing up for the audition - namely, is this project REALLY right for you?

The first area you need to look at is whether or not the work will be a technical fit. In other words, can you meet requirements such as gender, language, and skills? The client has probably also included some specific information about what sort of sound they’re looking for, and who their audience is. Knowing this can also help you make sure you’re a good match for the project.

Artistic fit is also important, as you need to be able to match the vocal capabilities necessary for the project. Understanding where your strengths and weaknesses as an artist lie can help you determine if you can meet the project’s artistic needs. Areas such as vocal range, accent skills, and reading style all fall under this category, so do some reflecting on whether or not what you have to offer will be the right fit.

Finally, the last piece of this puzzle has to do with the values associated with the project, and if they’re in line with your own. For example, let’s say you’ve found a project that would be great for you both technically and artistically, but you don’t really agree with the message the brand is delivering. Now you need to ask yourself if you’re really comfortable with being the voice of this message. If you’re not, then it may be best to move on to the next project.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Fitness Tip #8 From a 32 Year Fitness Novice

When it comes to physical fitness, there is no shortage of opinion out there. And if you’ve been following this blog you’ve no doubt read about mine in seven tips prior to this one. I believe the only intelligent thing to do when seeking the truth on just about any issue, is to research several different sources and make up your own mind using your good judgment. 

Having said that, there are a few fitness facts that you can count on. Although, there may be controversy with in them. As I’ve stated in my disclaimer, I’m not an expert in the field of health and fitness. Rather, just a guy who has been dedicated to a life of fitness for at least 32 years now. Here are a few facts:

Protein and Carbohydrates
Basically the science behind these complex molecules is they are known to promote growth and build and repair tissue. When the human body is stimulated, they go into action. Exercising promotes cell growth. The most palatable protein sources are from plants as opposed to animal sources. Plant protein breaks down faster and is a more efficient cell builder.

Carbohydrates are best when derived from fruits and vegetables just as using monounsaturated fats… Olive Oil, Canola Oil and Omega 3 oils … are healthier than animal fats and oils. At least, in regard to contributing to Cancer causes. Refined carbs such as white sugar, white rice and processed cereals raise insulin levels and cause the storing of excess body fat. Unrefined carbs like whole wheat, brown rice and bran cereals increase fiber, digest slower and burn off easier. 

During and after exercise, carbs provide the “fuel” to the body, while protein provides the strength and stamina for growth. So, your body needs a balance of both to sustain good health. 
Especially when on a steady, rigorous exercise program. Feed your body the fuel it needs to promote healthy growth!

Weight Loss
I can’t say that I’ve ever had a weight gain problem, however, I know that the science… back to science… of weight loss occurs when the body burns off more calories than it takes in. When the reverse happens, unused calories turn to fat and are stored in the waist, hips and butts of most people. I believe that all the healthy dieting, pill and supplement taking in the world won’t take the place of good ol’ fashion exercise done in conjunction with a well balanced diet. 
Here’s a link to a calorie chart suggesting the average caloric requirement, depending on age, gender, activity level, etc. http://www.webmd.com/diet/estimated-calorie-requirement 
Again, a warning: Do not begin any diet or exercise program without consulting your physician first.

Heavy Weights vs Light Weights
When working out it’s basically simple physics and chemistry. Heavy weights build “bulk”, 
lighter weights build longer, leaner muscle. Both will tone, shape and strengthen. Most of us, men and women, are not really interested in building much extra bulk. But are interested in keeping our muscles, heart and circulatory system in good shape. Although it may not hurt
once in a while to lift heavier weights when you’re fully warmed up, lighter weights are they way to go while using those slick weight machines. Which are much more practical than using barbells or free weights. You need only look at the football linebacker’s body and the swimmer’s body to see the great differences in function and appearance. 

Work Out Everyday vs Every Other Day
It takes 24-36 hours for healthy muscle cells to build. During body recovery time, between workouts, muscle cells are multiplying and your skeletal, nervous and circulatory systems are aiding in the process. Maintaining good overall body function. So it’s important to let your body rest on your days off. However, that doesn’t mean just sitting at your computer all day and evening. Keep your body/mind stimulated with a walk around the block, a half an hour on a treadmill, a bike or playing catch with your son or daughter. I work out just 3 days per week (sometimes 4 on a freed up weekend day) for about 2 hours each time…. usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. On my off days, I may use my bike, ride my horse or just walk.

Mac vs PC
Ha… ! I’m not about to go there!!!

Meantime, I’ll see you again next time for Friday Fitness Tip #9!

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a fitness expert in any way. I’m not a certified trainer, dietician, or medical doctor… nor do I hold a degree in physical education, dietary science, sports medicine or any other field related to today’s fitness. I am just a normal guy who’s been working out regularly at a gym, 3 - 4 days per week for the last 32 years. I take my health seriously. I figure, I do no service to my profession as a Voice Actor/Voiceover Talent (sometimes on camera) nor to anyone else if I don’t try and maintain good health. And I’ve learned a few things along the way that I’d like to share with you. These ideas work for me and just might work for you. Please consult with your physician before starting an exercise program. Stay tuned for many more tips!  

Thursday, January 14, 2016

5 Traits Shared by the Most Successful Entrepreneurs

The vast majority of voice over artists are entrepreneurs. These are folks who are relying on their own skills, talents, and business sense to create a unique brand within a very competitive industry. Most of the time I post on VO-specific topics, but for this blog, I want to examine entrepreneurship as a whole, and in particular, the traits that the most successful entrepreneurs share. Here’s what I’ve found:

1.    Patience - Business aren’t built overnight, and anyone who’s made it in their industry will tell you that a great deal of patience is required for success. They’ll also tell you that there are good times and bad times, and you have to be able to weather the storms when they come. Patience is a virtue, as they say.

2.    Personable - Having a personality that other people like also helps when you’re running your own company. Being able to connect with others is vital to building a successful business, because you certainly can’t do it alone. There are lots of other players involved, and being able to communicate with them and keep things on good terms is key to succeeding.

3.    Determined - Entrepreneurs must be determined, too, as giving up means the failure of the business. Every business owner is going to encounter challenges along the way, but it’s the ones who meet these obstacles head on and work through them who come out on top.

4.    Passionate - A healthy dose of passion is another key ingredient to success in entrepreneurship. You don’t have to let what you’re doing consume your life, but you do have to love what you’re doing and be committed to it.

5.    Goal-driven - Setting and achieving goals is another trait that the world’s most successful entrepreneurs have in common. You have to be able to define what you want and how you’re going to get it, and set milestones for yourself to achieve it. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Is Fiverr the Right Place to Offer Your VO Skills?

If you’ve never heard of the website Fiverr, let me open with a quick explanation. Fiverr is an online marketplace where freelancers sell their services for the rock bottom price of just  $5. This includes graphic artists, singers, translators, you name it - if it’s a service that someone can provide, it’s on there. If you take a look at the site, you’ll also see plenty of voice over artists, which has made me wondering - is Fiverr a good place to market your VO talent?

There’s really no yes or no answer to that question, and actually, it leads to another and even more important question - how much if your time really worth? Let’s break down how much time would be involved in putting together a 30-second recording for someone, because it’s certainly not just 30 seconds. There’s also coordinating with the client, recording, editing, any re-recording that’s requested, invoicing, and then possibly coordinating with the client again about payment.  When you think about it like this, you probably realize that there’s a lot more time involved than you initially thought. While it can be tempting to to jump on the Fiverr bandwagon, especially if you’re new to the industry and trying to land any gig you can, you’d do well to think long and hard about just how much your time is worth.

On the flip side, there have been a few success stories about VO artists who have managed to rake in quite a lot of money using the site. The best example of this is the woman who narrates pieces in a British accent, who’s currently pulling in about $10,000 per month and has even had to subcontract some of the work just to keep up with the demand.

So is Fiverr the best place to market your voice over skills? Well, it’s probably not the best place, and you should certainly employ some other marketing strategies, but it wouldn’t hurt to at least check it out. Weigh the cost of your time against what you’d actually pull in, and there’s your answer. 

Frankly, Fiverr is not for me. But then, the approach to my career is not compatible with that business model.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Finding a New You in 2016

In just a matter of days, we’ll bid farewell to 2015. Hard to believe, huh? With 2016 just around the corner, you may be thinking of New Year’s resolutions and goals that you want to accomplish in the next year. But what if you’re stuck in a voice over rut? What if 2015 was not a great year for you, and you want to turn that around in 2016? If this sounds like you, it may be time to reinvent yourself as a voice over actor - and even if you don’t fit into this category, you can still benefit from the following tips for finding a new you.

Be Honest with Yourself
First things first, you need to get real with yourself. Think about your life and where you’re at right now, and reflect on how you’ve gotten there. What has worked for you and what hasn’t? What have you done to propel your career, and what has caused it to stagnate? Ask yourself these questions, and answer them honestly. Don’t be afraid to ask trusted loved ones and colleagues for their input as well, as sometimes the most honest answers come from outside.

Set Goals
Goals are the stepping stones to success; achieving them puts you one step closer to that fulfillment you’re after. If you don’t have clear goals, then you don’t have a clear direction of where you’re headed in your voice over career. Make 2016 the year that you decide exactly what you want to achieve, and what you’re going to do to get there. Your goals might include breaking into a new niche, or creating a home studio. Whatever they are, make sure they are realistic and align with your view of success.

Surround Yourself with the Right People
The people in our lives have an enormous impact on us, which is why it’s so important that we surround ourselves with positive people who bring out our best qualities. If you’ve got people in your life that are more of a negative force than a positive one, spend some time evaluating that relationship and deciding whether or not it’s worth it. It can be difficult to work toward your goals and embark on a reinvention of yourself when you cling to negativity. Negativity WILL bring you down. Nothing productive come from that place.

Commit to Making a Change
Change isn’t easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and effort and dedication, and if you’re going to do it, you have to commit 110% to it. This means keeping your head in the game, so to speak, at all times. There will likely be setbacks along the way, but if you are truly committed, you can reinvent yourself and become the artist you want to be.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday Fitness Tip #7 From a 32-Year Fitness Novice

Well, here we are again, a new year starting and you’re all fired up to to something BIG! You’ve seen the same lame TV and internet commercials most of us have that hound us every year at this time. Buy this new kitchen gadget! Invest in that new self improvement course! Buy these new diet pills and this magic weight loss equipment! Start a whole new career! Well, this IS and WE are an enterprising America. So we have to be very keen about the choices we make. 

Is getting back into good health or getting back into shape one of your goals this year? I really don’t believe in New Years resolutions so I won’t even go there. I DO believe in planning and goal setting. Let me speak directly to my Voice Actor friends out there for a moment. If you don’t think that your overall health affects your performance ability… think again…
because it surely does. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s a few links for more info:


Most of these articles deal with actually keeping the voice and throat area healthy. And, of course, this is very important. But my focus in this blog currently is creating overall good health through exercise as a preventative measure. My VO friends should understand that a healthy body = a healthy mind = a healthy voice. As I’ve outlined in my Friday Fitness Tips #2 - #6, I prefer dedicating to an exercise routine to help ward off sickness, maintain a healthy immune system, increase breath control, increase or maintain strength and flexibility, mental alertness, and sound sleeping patterns. The best way I’ve found to do all of this is with a weekly routine at my local gym. See tips #3,4 & 5 for my routine. 

Now, more on point. Each year at every gym I’ve been a member of since 1983, I’ve seen this same cycle of new members who mean well but sign up at the gym, come and work out for a few weeks… maybe a couple of months and then… I never see them again! They usually get “burned out” by doing too much too soon. Don’t be one of those people. That’s just a waste of time, money and energy. 

First, be ready for fitness! Make sure you’ve got a clean bill of health from your doctor before jumping into an exercise routine. Whether in a gym or not. He may want to see you put restrictions on certain movements, adjust some medications, suggest some exercises to work into your gym routine or simply warn you against stress and strain or address any medical condition you may have such as Asthma, heart disease or past injuries.

When you begin at the gym, ease into what will become your routine… starting with warm ups and stretches. Experiment a bit by trying out each machine. Use only the proper technique as outlined in the illustration sticker on each machine. Use a very low weight plate until you get used to the action produced by each machine. It’s better to get good technique down first before adding weight. You need to give your body a chance to get used to these new movements. You may be a bit sore the next day but you should not experience overwhelming pain or you’ve just overdone it in the gym.

If you’re trying to lose weight, be patient with yourself regarding how long it will take. Remember, it may have taken several months or years for you to put the weight on so it will take several months of regular training to get the weight off. Stick to a healthy, low carb diet but DON’T “remove” all carbs. Carbs are the fuel you’ll need while exercising your body. Protein in your diet will build muscle and other cells.  

Enjoy your time at the gym! It’s a great place to socialize, feel good about yourself and even do a little business. I’ve actually found a few new clients or created new relationships that lead to new work for my VO business.

So, until next week… be safe, be smart! We’ll see you next time for Friday Fitness Tip #8!

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a fitness expert in any way. I’m not a certified trainer, dietician, or medical doctor… nor do I hold a degree in physical education, dietary science, sports medicine or any other field related to today’s fitness. I am just a normal guy who’s been working out regularly at a gym, 3 - 4 days per week for the last 32 years. I take my health seriously. I figure, I do no service to my profession as a Voice Actor/Voiceover Talent (sometimes on camera) nor to anyone else if I don’t try and maintain good health. And I’ve learned a few things along the way that I’d like to share with you. These ideas work for me and just might work for you. Please see your physician before starting an exercise program. Stay tuned for many more tips!