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A VO's Journey is about helping new voiceover artists grow their business by listening to my journey to becoming a full-time voice actor. I have been an actor, coach, director, and teacher for over 20 years. I started two years ago in the voice-over industry and wanted to create a way to document my journey so other voice over actors could benefit from it. Voiceover is now my life, and I love every moment of it.
 
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A Major Shift In The Voice Over Industry Lately, I have been seeing a major shift in what people are asking for in their voice overs. I have been doing more work lately and I feel like there is a major shift happening right now because of A.I. Our work is not going away, it is just changing. I see more and more clients asking for work that has a mo…
 
Tonight's guest is prolific narrator (and TikTok phenom!) Natalie Naudus! Natalie tells me why she suddenly pivoted from being a rising opera star to an audiobook narrator. She also tells me how she was able to narrate in the middle of a construction zone for over a year with some great pre-planning, and describes one of the most unique, natural so…
 
Running Google Ads For The New Voice Over Agency Thank you for your wonderful support over the last podcast regarding the new voice over agency. It is so exciting to be able to document this journey and bring it to you. In this episode, I talk more about the agency and starting to work on driving traffic and eventually business to my voice over web…
 
A New Voice Over Agency Is Born It has long been a desire of mine to start my own voice over agency. I think the reason has always been because voice actors really need a chance to be connected with people and collectively, we can do that better than we can by ourselves. So, in A VO's Journey Elite, we are starting a new journey together. We are st…
 
J. Michael Collins Interview On Voice Over Industry It was an honor to interview J. Michael Collins for A VO's Journey Podcast. This man seems to have his fingers in everything and I am super thrilled he took time out of his busy schedule to speak with us. You can find out more about J. Michael Collins here: https://www.jmcvoiceover.com/ In this ep…
 
The SECRET To Getting More Voice Over Business Wouldn't it be nice to have the secret formula to get all the voice over business you could handle? What if I told you that I have the secret ... would you believe me? Well, I do have a secret, although most people don't like it. I think that is the truth with most businesses. The secret is not really …
 
I'm joined tonight by Guy Oldfield, Senior Director at Macmillan Audio! Guy tells me about his unusual path to audiobooks, which includes stints in various journalism roles and live music production. He also shares with me some challenges in audiobook production, and talks about how important it is to know when to ask for help. All this and more ov…
 
Gabrielle Nistico Voiceover Vixen Interview In this episode, I talk with voice over talent and coach Gabrielle Nistico. Thank you, Gabby for being on the show and lending your time and wisdom to the VO's Journey community. The best thing about speaking with experienced professionals like Gabby is the sheer amount of knowledge and advice they bring …
 
David Ciccarelli Interview CEO of Voices.com It was a real pleasure to pull back the curtain of Voices.com and get a real insight into the business. Also, David was very open about best practices to get you work on the platform. David gave some exciting news regarding things coming up in the next few months on Voices, included expanding their offer…
 
Promos and Trailers with Brent Allen Hagel Interview This was such a fun interview. Brent is a professional and scholar that cares about helping the voice over industry. Not only is he a talent, but he is also giving of his time and knowledge. This interview is a must for anyone looking to grow their voice over business in the promo and trailer fie…
 
Julie Wilson and Dan Zitt Interview From Penguin Random House Audio and Ahab Talent I am super thrilled to bring you episode #202 of A VO's Journey Podcast. Today, I interviewed Julie Wilson, Senior Manager of Digital Production Platforms at Penguin Random House Audio, and Dan Zitt, SVP of Content Creation at Penguin. We talk about their newly reva…
 
Don Baarns And Donny Baarns Interview On The Future Of Voice Over It is an honor to have interviewed to men that have played such a pivotal role in the voice over industry, especially for most of us using RX8. This father-son team is a real class act and I am super excited for you to hear us discuss all manner of things regarded voice over like: Ba…
 
Looking Back At The Journey - Or Not? It has been a wild ride so far and I want to thank everyone for their amazing support of A VO's Journey Podcast. This is the 200th episode and I don't want to spoil it ... but I do get emotional :) And also, don't forget to apply for the giveaway! Learn more about the new marketing course for voice actors: http…
 
The Artificial Intelligence Tidal Wave We really can't ignore it any longer ... the TERMINATOR (Voice over that is), has arrived. Today, I received, yet another email from a company selling robot voice overs claiming that they have added, "75 new synthetic ‘enhanced’ voices based on neural technology in over 39 languages and variants as part of our…
 
Don't Let Fear Stop You From Growing Your Voice Over Business It's true when they say, "The best way forward is to burn the ships behind". I think that is so true, but so scary. And metaphorically speaking, what does it even mean? * If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite Group, check out the link here. When I started my voic…
 
The State Of Voice Over In 2021 It has been a while since I did a podcast and I wanted to make sure that I could get my thoughts in order. The last few months, and year for that matter, have been wild for all of us, and my podcast has always been one place that I shared my thought and journey with you, unencumbered by promotion. So today, I finally…
 
A New Direction For A VOs Journey When I first started my voiceover business, my goal was to become an audiobook narrator. After that, my goal turned to become a full-time voice actor. And now, 1 1/2 years from going full-time, my new goal is to build a business that will run by itself. If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite…
 
Cold Calling For Voice Over Work So many of us shudder when we think about cold calling. However, in the previous podcast, we talked about ways to automate your email marketing and I believe cold calling is the best way to quickly vet your list. In this episode, I talk about a cold calling method I use and the template with different outcomes, and …
 
How To Automate Email Marketing For me, this is a great topic for 2021. I love VA's, but I think that figuring out new methods to automate processes are the way to go. In this episode, I discuss my thoughts on how you can get your email marketing campaign up and running for voice over. Learn more about the new marketing course for voice actors: htt…
 
Tonight's guest is the founder of the Aural Fixation romance audiobook fan group on Facebook, Lydia Rella! Lydia tells me about being a voracious young reader, and her introduction into the romance genre at an early age. Then we discuss her motivation for creating a Facebook group for romance audiobook listeners, and what makes a romance audiobook …
 
What It Actually Takes To Grow Your Voice Over Business - That No One Else Will Tell You I wanted to do a podcast episode before the year was up on what it actually takes to grow a voice over business from scratch and make a good living from it. This is by no means everyone's story, it's just mine. I am happy for what I went through because it led …
 
My guest tonight is independent audiobook producer and director Elishia Merricks! Elishia describes how her focus changed from acting to directing during her time at Royal Holloway (the university, not the prison). Elishia then describes how she found her way into the world of audiobooks after a move across the pond. All this and more over an Engli…
 
Is Your Voice Over Business Prepared For 2021 When I was younger, I was an odd bird, although I always had friends. The reason was that I loved theatre and football, doing both at the same time. People didn't know what to think of me, but they typically liked one or the other, not both. Fortunately for me, I also loved business and numbers. It has …
 
How To Start Getting Voice Over Clients As A Newbie I want to thank the "A VO's Journey" Facebook group for the question. It is certainly one that everyone asks at least once on their VO journey, so I am happy to throw in my 2 cents. - If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite Group, check out the link here. In this episode, I …
 
My guest tonight is the owner of Mosaic Audio, Amy Rubinate! Amy describes the path she took that led her from being a cabaret singer, to voicing children's toys, to narrating audiobooks. Amy also tells me how the pandemic has changed the way that Mosaic Audio does business, and how important it is to have a generosity of spirit in the audiobook wo…
 
New Work From Voice123 And Audition Challenge Update Super excited to be bringing this episode today with the challenge update and some news on voice over work I received from Voice123 in an unlikely way. I tell you all about it in this latest podcast episode :) Learn more about the new marketing course for voice actors: https://www.avosjourney.com…
 
Audition Challenge For P2P Voice Over Websites In this episode of A VO's Journey Podcast, I breakdown a challenge that we can all take to grow our voice over businesses. If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite Group, check out the link here. If you have listed to this podcast, you know I am not a huge advocate of auditioning …
 
5 Different Ways To Market Your Voice Over Business - Part 1 I am excited to share with you the first podcast in this Thanksgiving 2020 series of 5 different ways to market your voice over business. In this show, I talk about my most favorite way to market VO, especially for newcomers, and that is FREELANCE WEBSITES! Also, each episode in this seri…
 
My guest tonight is the CEO of Modern Bar Cart, Eric Kozlik! For the first time tonight, I focus on the "speakeasy" aspect of the Audiobook Speakeasy. Eric Kozlik is a writer and a poet who ended up finding his way into the spirits world and founded Modern Bar Cart, a company whose mission is, "...to make great cocktails available to everyone." Eri…
 
Getting An Assistant For Your Voice Over Business I have been thinking for a while about getting an assistant but I have not pulled the trigger yet. For my business, I am working on documenting everything to help me work successfully with an assistant. Learn more about the new marketing course for voice actors: https://www.avosjourney.com/offers/vL…
 
5 Different Ways To Brand Your Voice Over Business Your brand is no more and no less than what people think of that influence what they believe and how they buy when they hear your name or organization's name. Learn more about the new marketing course for voice actors: https://www.avosjourney.com/offers/vL5gL8HE/checkout The power of a brand is its…
 
Simple Daily Voice Over Schedule One of the biggest challenges I had when starting out what know what I should be doing versus what I thought was "Cool" to do. If you schedule your time correctly with the right actions, you WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. I think most people never get there because they don't take that extra step to schedule correctly. Learn m…
 
How Do I Even Start This is the million-dollar question and the one that I have asked myself so many times over the years in so many different ventures. Link to marketing course: Voice Over Marketing 101: How To Get Clients Many of them never happened because of this question. In this podcast, I talk to you about how you can start your voiceover bu…
 
What If I Don't Have Experience Over the last few days, I have received this question many times from new voice actors coming into the industry. And I thought I would do a podcast on it. If you would like to learn more about getting a professional demo at an affordable price, check out the link here: https://www.avosjourney.com/demo-productio We ha…
 
The WHAT IF Voice Over Game Throughout my business, I have played this game and it has always been fruitful. The idea behind "WHAT IF" is to push your thinking beyond what you believe is possible. If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite Group, check out more info here: https://www.avosjourney.com/fiverr-elite-group I go into …
 
My returning guest tonight is Studio One and RX guru Don Baarns! Don and I talk about how the audiobook world has changed since he was my guest back on episode 20, from the influx of newer narrators since the pandemic hit to improvements in technology. Don also tells me about his Expert Ears service, a free service he provides to evaluate audio, an…
 
Is Your Health Holding Your Voice Over Business Back? There is no doubt in my mind that the way we treat our bodies can be seen well beyond the physical attributes on the outside. If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite Group, check out the link here. Our minds can directly be linked to the health of our body and it is not a …
 
What Does Your Business Stand For? I ask myself this question a lot and make sure that I have the answer firmly engraved in my mind. Without knowing what you stand for, you can't know what your business stands for. And if you don't know what your business stands for, you won't be able to make the guiding decisions necessary to become successful. If…
 
Are You Willing To Fail? Fear is such a taboo topic. And it makes sense... we think of fear as some weakness, and no one wants to appear weak for FEAR of being humiliated or feeling less special than we are. This is bad enough. But fear does something even worse to us. Fear stops us from falling. It is a built-in mechanism millions of years old ins…
 
My guest tonight is audiobook narrator and narration coach Christa Lewis! Christa tells me how a chance phone conversation with audiobook legend Debra Deyan led to a sudden career shift from reading the news in English in Germany to narrating audiobooks in L.A. Christa also describes her approach to narration coaching using some appropriately artis…
 
It Is Time To Join Upwork You know I am an avid Fiverr fan, and for the most part, I have stayed away from putting much effort into websites like Upwork, but yesterday I dove in with the help of some of my students, and low and behold, I made $200 off 2 different orders, so I am extremely happy with the results. If you would like to learn more abou…
 
My guest tonight is founder and CEO of Twin Flames Studios Tina Dietz! Tina tells me how everything fell into place for a life-changing move to Costa Rica. And although she realized early on that audiobook narration was not going to be her strong suit, Tina tells me how her love of recording and interviewing starting at a very early age led to the …
 
Why Can't I Get More Work Done? The more amazing voice actors I work with, the more I learn that my own challenges with managing time are shared throughout the voiceover community. If you would like to learn more about getting a professional demo at an affordable price, check out the link here: https://www.avosjourney.com/demo-production Because th…
 
Don't Lose Your Mind Over the years I have been working on growing this business, I have sacrificed a few things, mainly my health and even my relationships with my family. If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite Group, check out the link here. But I am here to tell you that it catches up and now that I can look back and see …
 
ASMR and GOOGLE ADS Oh My! This is an awesome episode. I go into the ever-growing popular ASMR genre and try to give you an overview of what it is and how it can possibly be helpful in growing your business. If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite Group, check out the link here. I am also contemplating dropping a lot of cash …
 
Voice Acting Tutorial - Expressiveness Expressiveness Definition - the quality of effectively conveying a thought or feeling. Being able to effectively express an idea or emotion is the hallmark of a good voice actor. And the way to do that is by using emphasis. Emphasis Definition - special importance, value, or prominence given to something. If y…
 
What Are You Afraid Of? It doesn't matter what level you are at in your business or in life, fear is a part of living whether we acknowledge it or not. If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite Group, check out the link here. The person that can recognize fear and still move forward without it stopping their progress, will rema…
 
How To Automate Your Social Media We are all searching for that SECRET SAUCE when it comes to getting business through social media. If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite Group, check out the link here. To me, I knew the secret a long time ago, and you know it too, we just don't like to admit it. The SECRET is ... CONSISTEN…
 
Change Your QUESTIONS Change Your DESTINY The questions we ask determine the answers we generate. And those answers determine whether we move forward or not. See, if the question you ask yourself is, "Why am I not being successful?" or "Why can't I get any more voiceover clients?", than your mind will focus all its energy on figuring out what you a…
 
My guest tonight is NYT, WSJ, and Audible #1 best-selling author Lauren Blakely! Lauren tells me how she ended up in a career in journalism after majoring in art history, and how that eventually morphed into being a full-time author. Lauren goes on to describe her experiences getting almost all of her books (over 50 of them!) into audio, and the im…
 
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