Thursday, May 31, 2018

If Your Friends Don't Think You Can Do This, Get New Friends:)

In all the years I've been in this business as a voiceover artist and a VO coach, the number one concern/complaint I hear from people is "My friends say there is no way I can do this".  It's a question about human nature I suppose, that it can be difficult to get support from another person for ones new endeavors. However, there are always a small number of people who are naturally supportive and those are the ones we should hang with.

I don't know of anyone who has tried something that didn't work out who wasn't at least glad they tried, but I know legions of people who are miserable because of the un lived life.
We have lots of cliches that remind us of this, Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Follow your dreams, etc etc.

The most important thing about choosing any career, or not, is to not make decisions based on what you're afraid of. Every profession is very competitive, Every career takes time and training and hard work. The question is always simple. What do you love to do. What do you want to do? There is a running joke that I tell everyone in voiceover class, "People dumber than you are making a fortune"
If you are willing to do the work, you can succeed. It's never too late to become who you might have been:)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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

SATURDAY June 2nd 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: 
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, May 3, 2018

Buy The Best Equipment You Can

There is a wide range of audio recording equipment available. Some of it is very cheap and sounds like it. You don't have to spend the rent money to set up a quality home studio though. There is no need to buy the most expensive components when you're starting out, but it is important to keep upgrading everything.

Areas that can be addressed from the start : The quality of XLR cables. Do not grab those $5 cables from the bin, spend the extra money on Mogami or other quality cables. Next get a good preamp like MPA II or other units. The next piece is a power conditioner such as Furman.
These are simple pieces that will make a big difference in the quality of audio you're recording. You have a very wide range of microphones that you can choose from depending on individual taste and budget. Remember to play withy the equipment constantly so you learn the intimate details of how your set up responds. it's never just about editing out flubs, become a master of your set up:)