Monday, November 20, 2017

Free Voiceover Seminar/Workshop Saturday Dec 2nd 10am to 11:30am

SATURDAYDecember 2nd, 2017 10am to 11:30am
Curious about voiceovers? Interested, but not quite sure about your potential? No problem! Come to this free workshop and get an industry overview, Q&A and some free coaching to see if you really would like to be part of this lucrative industry. There's never been a better time to break into the world of voiceovers.

We have created AzzurraMedia Ranch on five scenic acres in Agua Dulce, CA to accommodate our expanding voiceover services, HD video production and professional voiceover training business. We offer one free voiceover class on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 11:30am. Email us to register. Discover for yourself what it actually takes to break in and become a successful voiceover talent. Moreover, we invite you to get up and get some hands-on experience reading copy, getting direction and making corrections in a friendly, supportive setting. 
Register online: www.masteringvoiceover.com 
Click on One Free Class or call 310-827-3500
Consider joining our LIVE CLASSES Wednesday Nights 
from 7:30 to 10pm 10 weeks for $525. Classes are ongoing, so you can sign up and join at any time.
From beginner to Pro • Private Coaching
• Voiceover Demo Production
• You can also buy and download our COMPLETE HOME STUDY COURSE: It includes 5 hours of instruction on MP3's for $69. 

All classes are now open. If you need a break from the city, come up to the fresh air at masteringvoiceover in Santa Clarita, CA. Wed nights from 7:30 to 10pm. Just 25 minutes north of Burbank.
Go ahead--take your voice on a test drive; hear what the two of you can do together.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Free Voiceover Seminar/Workshop Saturday Nov. 4th 10am to 11:30am

SATURDAY November 4th, 2017 10am to 11:30am
Curious about voiceovers? Interested, but not quite sure about your potential? No problem! Come to this free workshop and get an industry overview, Q&A and some free coaching to see if you really would like to be part of this lucrative industry. There's never been a better time to break into the world of voiceovers.

We have created AzzurraMedia Ranch on five scenic acres in Agua Dulce, CA to accommodate our expanding voiceover services, HD video production and professional voiceover training business. We offer one free voiceover class on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 11:30am. Email us to register. Discover for yourself what it actually takes to break in and become a successful voiceover talent. Moreover, we invite you to get up and get some hands-on experience reading copy, getting direction and making corrections in a friendly, supportive setting. 
Register online: www.masteringvoiceover.com 
Click on One Free Class or call 310-827-3500
Consider joining our LIVE CLASSES Wednesday Nights 
from 7:30 to 10pm 10 weeks for $525. Classes are ongoing, so you can sign up and join at any time.
From beginner to Pro • Private Coaching
• Voiceover Demo Production
• You can also buy and download our COMPLETE HOME STUDY COURSE: It includes 5 hours of instruction on MP3's for $69. 

All classes are now open. If you need a break from the city, come up to the fresh air at masteringvoiceover in Santa Clarita, CA. Wed nights from 7:30 to 10pm. Just 25 minutes north of Burbank.

Go ahead--take your voice on a test drive; hear what the two of you can do together.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Importance of Following Your Own Intuition

Advice from more experienced people is important. Figuring out if it's good for you is separate. When I was just starting out in the entertainment world I had the privilege of being around many very successful people from many different backgrounds. They were willing to give me huge amounts of advice and wisdom. Nice kind people in almost all cases. As I got older, I started to realize that a lot of the advice simply wasn't't good for me personally, or mysteriously just did not work. The advice had worked for them in their lives given their personalities. Once I was able to think more clearly about my own goals and who I actually was, and how I really felt about the world, I started making choices that fit the experience I wanted to have. I left a lot of the "good advice" I had received on the shelf for others to use if they wished.  Why would I have done that when others were way more successful than myself.

I started to reject certain "good advice" if I wasn't comfortable or it made me uneasy.
For as helpful as "good advice" can be, it can also prevent or even ruin a career when applied by another personality as if it were a law of physics or something.
Life choices are not laws of physics they are personal choices that have to be in harmony with your personality, beliefs and of course common sense from your point of view.

I have many relationships with creative people who I argue with til the sun comes up about whether something works or doesn't work; is good art or lousy art. We are just different people and those debates help us find what works for ourselves and is also fun, exasperating and absolutely critical for the creative process. We do not back down and agree simply because one or the other might be more successful. It sharpens our points of view and is always helpful and invigorating.

Just because the majority of people in an industry do certain things does not mean it's the best way or even a good way of doing things. Things evolve from people who are rule breakers not merely scared followers of a system. I'm not recommending being a disruptive dope. I'm recommending thinking, analyzing, experimenting, evaluating, testing, and finally proving that the approach you pick holds up by producing great results. Success in any profession requires a high level of skill, critical thinking and persistence. It does not require always taking the path that everyone else takes.
Trust how you feel about the options, people, and the processes that excite you and resonate with you.
Following your intuition, in the end, will give you the best advice.


Monday, October 9, 2017

How Success Actually Shows Up:)

The reoccurring question is: How to Become Successful? Insert slogans here I suppose.
Obviously there are many things people have said and written to guide everyone. All I'd like to add are my personal observations over the last few decades about the nature and process of success.
My experience is that success doesn't show up as one huge opportunity as much as it's created by putting one foot in front of the other come hell or high water and simply being persistent and unrelenting in pursuit of ones goals. This approach must include developing ones skills as a life long habit. There is always something that could be better and the fun is in solving the puzzles that will bring improvement. So my approach is to stay focused, keep laughing and have a great time in the journey to the destination of choice:)

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's All Getting More Competitive; So Now What?

Well with all the mergers crushing smaller companies, it's more important than ever to find independent clients rather than relying on big casting sites or voiceover talent agencies. If you have an agent and that works for you, that's great!
We all need to be aware however that market forces are pushing rates down in general and the big mergers add to the pressure. There are many clients who do not use VO talent agencies or online casting web sites. Those are the majority of my corporate clients and it provides a certain amount of insulation from everything that's going on. look for areas where you can form a personal relationship with people who need voiceovers/narrations and take great care of them at a reasonable price.