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Voice over is a heroes' journey. Make it your journey. Actor, voice talent and storytelling coach David H. Lawrence XVII takes you on a journey each episode into the art, commerce, science and mindset of voice over as a performing art, and as a profession and business. Presented by VOHeroes.com.

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Voice over is a heroes' journey. Make it your journey. Actor, voice talent and storytelling coach David H. Lawrence XVII takes you on a journey each episode into the art, commerce, science and mindset of voice over as a performing art, and as a profession and business. Presented by VOHeroes.com.

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13175: You Never Forget Your First Time

4/15/2024
Hey there, hero! The number one answer to the question I ask when I'm trying to gauge a student's concerns about learning, "What are you most worried about?" is so interesting. And we don't really think about that one moment, that one concern, that everyone in the world has also experienced. It's a universal. And if you give this momentous occasion a thought or two, it can really change your perspective on being a beginner. Or a "never tried it.". Or, at some point, an experienced professional. Do remember the moment you switched from "I've never done this" to "I know how to do this!"? What did that feel like? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:04:23

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13174: Grammar Girl, Audiobook Narration and The Public Domain

4/7/2024
Hey there, hero! If you're as big a fan of language, expression, narration and audiobooks as I am, and if you care about proper usage and what is required to do your own public domain audiobook narration, this is the episode for you. I had a chance to spend some time with Mignon Fogarty, discussing all that and more. Enjoy this visit with one of my heroes, Grammar Girl. If you're a writer, and haven't grabbed VOHeroes or the ACX Master Class, and you want to learn how to narrate your own book, here's Grammar Girl's link to register: https://narrateyourownbook.com/grammar . Questions about grammar? Ask Mignon over at the Grammar Girl podcast site (https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/) Questions about audiobooks and the public domain titles you might be undertaking? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:32:33

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13173: Overwhelmed By Excellent Choices?

4/1/2024
Hey there, hero! Ever been in the situation where you have an abundance of great choices? An embarrassment of riches when it comes to solutions, any one of which would be great? Does it stop you from making a decision on which to choose? I mean, how often do you have a bunch of options...that are all good? Here's a hall pass for choosing any one of them that would work out for you. It's OK to succeed, even when it's surprising. Is it rare for you to have more than one good choice? How do you react to that awesome situation? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:04:45

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13172: Know Your Brand, But Don't Let It Limit You

3/25/2024
Hey there, hero! Knowing your brand is essential, but once we determine the boundaries of our brand we might mistakenly misuse that knowledge. In this episode, I'm going to give you two examples around opportunities and your brand. Your brand can be your first filter, but then...I have a secret weapon for you. And it depends who is asking - if you're searching, or if someone is searching for you. You might be tempted to reject opportunities because "it's not my brand." My advice might run counter to that. Ever turn something right off the bat because it wasn't your brand? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:05:10

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13171: A Simple Shift For Your Mental Health

3/18/2024
Hey there, hero! Does the world these days tend to make you angry? I know there are aspects of our existence that piss me off. And I want to delete those things. Don't you? James Clear helped set me straight. You know, the guy who wrote Atomic Habits? He got me again this week with something in his newsletter. Once you hear it (I repeat it, it's so good!), let me know your thoughts in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:04:04

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13170: Your Brand: On-Camera vs. Audiobook Auditions

3/11/2024
Hey there, hero! The consideration you make for a single role in an on-camera or stage opportunity and the many many characters you might play in an audiobook... ...means your personal brand is likely going to be less of a discriminator. You're not auditioning for that one character. You're auditioning for the entire cast. Once you let that marinate...does that help? Or does that give you pause? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:03:46

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13169: Measure Twice, Cut Once

3/4/2024
Hey there, hero! My grandfather was a funny, smart cookie. He wasn't a performer, rather my grandfather was a plumber. I'm not really shocked anymore at how many lessons I learned from him, even though he was a tradesman, about how to execute my occupation and run my business. One of the basic rules he lived by was to be damn sure he had a measure of a job before he executed the plumbing needed. He measured, then measured again, just to be sure. Then he cut his pipes. And they always seem to fit perfectly together. It wasn't hesitancy, it was being sure, and then double sure. Can you see how you might use this concept in creating your characters and doing your work? Would it be worth it to you take a moment and take a second measure? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:06:21

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13168: Celebrate Both Your Highlight Reel AND Your Blooper Reel

2/26/2024
Hey there, hero! Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody fails at things. All. The. Time. Instead of being solely embarrassed about it, and fearful that failure might become the norm, why not make light of your mistakes? Even...celebrate them? You'll hear what I did in this episode. Sound familiar? How did you handle it? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:03:02

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13167: The Choices We Have When "Life Happens"

2/19/2024
Hey there, hero! We may not have control over what happens to us in life. Sometimes, it's our doing. Sometimes, life happens with no input from us. And although we might not be the cause of some event in our life, there is one thing that we can control: how we react to it. And I'm telling you, your choices on how to react are far more numerous than you think. And being mindful, imaginative and deliberate about my reaction is something I’ve been concentrating on with great results. I want to share that with you. Do you face knee jerk reactions, that are less useful to you than other choices? Are there times you wish you could go back and consider a different choice? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:07:03

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13166: Breathe Easy

2/12/2024
Hey there, hero! This one is worth listening to without the distraction of video. Wear headphones or earbuds, seat them properly and listen. And, I'm gonna warn you. I tear up a bit in this podcast episode. Because of the power of human breathing. How breaths are used run the gamut from comedic to tragic to frantic to romantic. And I'm on a mission to give you a permanent permission slip around your breaths, as a part of your work that needs to remain, and not be deleted. De-breathing plugins. Not a thing you need. Disagree? Agree? Breathing heavily over this subject? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:06:53

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13165: The One Question You Need To Ask When Staring Down A Problem

2/5/2024
Hey there, hero! It's a pretty simple question, but we might fly right by it because we see it as a huge issue. We face things all the time that have the potential of being an issue... ...but it might be worth taking a moment and determining whether it's actually real or not. When you're worried about something...take a moment and survey whether you're worried about nothing. I show you how in this episode. Have you found yourself in this situation? Isn't it a relief when you check your assumptions? ? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:04:20

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13164: What Does "Game Changer" Mean To You?

1/30/2024
Hey there, hero! We hear the phrase "game changer" all the time. And we take for granted that it's a major shift that leads to a victory. Is that always what it means? And is it always huge, monumental or unexpected? I'd love to know how you define a game-changing moment or development or shift. Can you even recognize it? When you haven't experienced the effects of this "game-changer" yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:03:41

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13163: A Bend In The Road Is Not The End Of The Road, Unless...

1/22/2024
Hey there, hero! The rest of that quote (from Helen Keller) is really important to know. Life in general, and our chosen path in life (being an artist) specifically, has some twists and turns in store for us. Some unexpected stops, some uphill climbs and some out of control skids. Some bends in the road. Unless...you are watching, vigilant and prepared. I wonder how you handle the unpredictable. Especially when the unpredictable is as weird as it can be as a voice talent, an actor or a writer. I'm going to show you how simple acknowledgement of the challenge can go Do you find yourself at a loss when the road sign is squiggly? What do you do to "cover" yourself for the unexpected? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:03:45

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13162: Self-Care And The Hills You Choose To Die On

1/15/2024
Hey there, hero! Taking care of ourselves is paramount - as actors, voice talent, writers and other creatives, we don't have an office infirmary and an in-person support community when we are in need of self-care. And one area where your personal mental and physical health can be threatened is when you choose to disagree with someone's point of view...especially in online communication. The anonymity of social media emboldens some to take very big liberties with the basics of good manners - we can be attacked from many angles without the ability to defend ourselves (or sometimes even know who is doing the attacking). But rest assured that when you make a commitment to a tool or process, something that you know works for you, know that you can feel so much better by choosing to ignore the attacks altogether. Don't respond at all if it's going to cause you grief. Just...move on. I'll give you some basic self-care choices you can make to move on and feel sooooo much better. Does this make sense? Do you enjoy the power of deciding not to engage? Let me know in the comments below. The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:06:25

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13161: Do You Insist On Avoiding Repeat Performances?

1/8/2024
Hey there, hero! I feel like I'm a weird artist. When I'm designing a performance, I work toward something that I can rely on, in a character, in business, in life, and then, if I can, lathering, rinsing and repeating. And I feel like I'm in the minority - I see most other artists achieving great performances, and then instead of repeating those performances, immediately trying to change it up. Make it different. Find a new way. Make a new choice. And I think that's fun, but that there are advantages to re-using things that you find work for you, and not immediately insisting on changing it up the next time around. What about relying on the solution that's elegant, and works? Without instantly jumping to making it different next time around? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:06:04

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13160: About Five WHYs (The Outcome Frame That Solves Problems)

1/1/2024
Hey there, hero! When trying to understand a problem or challenge, while getting to the root of the problem and then on to the solution, we often ask "Why is this happening?" Great question. It's worth getting an answer, and one way to do that is to use a process that some call "about five WHYs" - asking "why?" over and over. Begin with the general question and describe what's happening, and then ask the question again and again, five or so times, looking for more details, drilling deeper to get more specific. And hopefully, your drilling will get to the root cause, and eventually, the solution. Ever use this process? Is it new to you? Getting details a challenge? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:04:47

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13159: Part 2 - NAVA's Carin Gilfry On AI And Synthetic Voices

12/25/2023
Hey there, hero! We continue with the second of two episodes hearing from NAVA's Carin Gilfry, and in this installment, she gets a bit more personal about her own decisions when it comes to AI, and in particular why she decided to take the plunge... ...and arrange to have her voice modeled for future AI and synthetic use. You might be surprised that a talent would not only consider doing this, but following through on a smart, legal and ethical basis, with an eye toward future income from her modeled voice. Carin also discusses the ways that an AI version of her (and your) voice might even be preferable to the real (time) thing. Got questions about keeping your voice safe from being ripped off? About Carin's journey and arrangement with her modeled AI voice? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:14:41

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13158: Part 1 - NAVA's Carin Gilfry On AI And Synthetic Voices

12/18/2023
Hey there, hero! One of my fave people in VO is NAVA's Carin Gilfry, and in this first of a two part series, she shares with us how NAVA (the National Association of Voice Actors at navavoices.org) is working on behalf of all voice actors and lots of different areas: DEI, representation, insurance and more. Including...AI and synthetic voices. If you want to know what the NAVA group is up to and how they have your back as a performer, take 9 minutes and let this flow over you. Got questions about NAVA? About AI and synthetic voices and the four C's? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:09:40

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13157: It's Not Your Schedule, It's Their Schedule

12/11/2023
Hey there, hero! Do you find the random irregularity and odd, weird opportunities that are the bulk of our business...annoying? Does the lack of a regular, traditional 40-hour work week make you...irritated? I want to help you be at peace with this - and help you with a bit of advice on how to help set up your performer life so that you're prepared for these opportunities. Because the opportunities in our business are, most of the time, effing amazing. Show business is not organized for your success. It's not an office or cube farm job. It's certainly not predictable, nor does it follow any observable pattern. Being prepared for random irregularity just might be your super power - if you know how to take advantage of your downtime. How do you react to the absolutely weird timing we are presented with when it comes to our opportunities? Are you as prepared as you might like to be? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:06:57

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13156: "When You Create Something, You Automatically Serve Others."

12/4/2023
Hey there, hero! Clara Tristan is an excellent host and a wise woman. She casually dropped that phrase...when you create something, you automatically serve others...with me when I appeared on her podcast. And it so resonated with me, and hopefully for you - specifically because of the type of business we're in. I mean, you can doubt your level of experience and accomplishment, and look at your income and think it doesn't come up to snuff...but look what you're doing for others. It's best to remember that what we do has multiple effects in the world, both for us and for our audience. How did that statement land for you? Let me know in the comments below. REQUEST: Please join this video's conversation on VOHeroes, where the comments are moderated and civil. #Acting #Voice #VoiceOver #Performance #Productivity #Tips #Art #Commerce #Science #Mindset #Success #Process #Options #BestPractices #Marketing The VOHeroes Podcast is heroically built with: BuddyBossLearnDashDreamHostScreenfloweCamm LiveAmeliaMemberMouseSamCartAweberGamiPressStackable Premium BlocksTextExpanderBuzzSproutBackblaze

Duration:00:03:36