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Blogsites are like computers…eventually they end up with all sorts of superfluous broken links, dead files, unnecessary back-ups, and other assorted worthless baggage. The way my blog designer/administrator puts it: I’m lucky the company hosting my site hasn’t kicked me out yet.
It’s time. ’Gotta refresh things, spruce it up, and maybe subtly alter the brand somewhat.
You’ll see. It’s coming.
If there’s downtime, I’ll let you know in advance.
You wouldn’t believe what has happened since then.
VO friend Peter O’Connell immediately picked-up on the idea and we both started dragging in other voice actors and we all asked ourselves: ”Can we really make this happen in 5-6 days?”
Well, whether we’ve “…made it happen…” remains to be seen, but we’ve certainly given it a lot of effort.
The whole idea now has it’s own official logo, proclamation (Thanks to SaVoa), a News Release (see below), and a Website. FaceBook page coming within the next day. You’ll see it on VoiceOVerXtra, VU, and most VO Forums…chief among them: VO-BB.
Why a National Voice Over Month? Isn’t it time? I mean, how many nebulous, frivolous, and capricious organizations, animals, causes, and movements MUCH LESS IMPORTANT THAT VOICE OVERS have their own month….why can’t we have OURS!!!???
When you think about it…this is a chance for voice actors everywhere to explain what they do, take pride in their work, and shamelessly tout September as THEIR month. When you think more about it, the event has promotional, marketing, and branding opportunities written all over it.
*Use the logo on your website. It’ll bring questions. You have answers.
*Send the News Release to the local media.
*Launch YouTube videos spreading the word.
*Encourage people to join the FaceBook page (check back, it’s coming later in the day 9/1/10)
We plan to expand on this theme throughout the month. We may end up transforming it to “International”. There will be opportunities for building on the event all during the month to maintain momentum (for instance, watch for some fun things to come out of FaffCon that will benefit BOTH events).
This does not belong to ANYBODY…rather, it belongs to EVERYBODY… make it yours too!
Happy Voice Over Month!
My apologies. Apparently gaining access to In the Mo registration requires an invitation code.
Thanks to Nicole for this!
The site promises: “We spent years gathering recommendations from the people breathing life and culture into their cities around the world, and filming video features on the very best local spots. With this information we have created the first worldwide city guide that learns what you like.”
And it IS a very easy interface with lots of video, links to hot-spots, plus (of course) the ability to use various Social Media platforms to spread the word.
Some months ago, I got the call out of nowhere to be profiled for this site’s showcasing of Las Vegas. I said I’d participate, not really knowing exactly what it was all about. I did the interview about “my Vegas”…you know — how I perceive my town, what’s to do here…etc. Then I waited several more months, and now here it is…a fully launched site with obviously TONS of work and thousands of man-hours put into it.
You have to register (for free) to gain access to everything (quite extensive)…but then you can click HERE to get to my video….or just browse around and choose LAS VEGAS, then see my listing among the others interviewed for this project. The home page is: http://www.inthemo.com….or click on the logo above.
Let me know what you think.
Erik Sheppard and his associates have launched the Voice Talent Production site. Click HERE.
A lot of work has gone into the back-end of this enterprise, and I find myself extremely honored to be the company of the other talent here.
Please take a moment to look around, and pass the word on to those who matter (ahem: clients) that this is the place to look first!
Oh….BTW, two prominent VA talents are in Vegas this week, and if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to run into both of them: Chris Flockton, a NYC-based British voice, and Ron Knight of Knight Mediacom. ‘LOVE the way Vegas attracts all the right people!
The famous line from Animal House bears no resemblance to my present-day journey, but I can’t but help to draw the comparison in enthusiasm.
I love driving, and I love my daughter, so having the two of them to myself for the next 2 days is optimal.
We’re on our way to Champaign, Illinois in a mini-van full of furniture we’ve cobbled together from Craigslist to move her into her first off-campus apartment. I’ve even found a patsy, er, uh, friend to join me for the trip back to help with the driving.
I’ve got a rented Honda Odyssey and I think they still sell gas along the way, so I’m set.
I plan to stop to check e-mail and make uploads every few hours for a break. I’m gonna hate giving up my 3G network for the slower Edge (E) Network in most locales…but Starbucks stores are good for free wi-fi’s.
For recording, I’ve got my Zoom H4n, my laptop, a AKG C3000B with USB adaptor, and Adobe Audition 3.0. I’ve even got my iPhone with Blue Microphone’s “MIKEY” if I need to get an audition in down ‘n’ dirty. I use the Poddio app on my iPhone to edit on the fly.
So look here for postcards from the hiway the next few days. My blogs may not always refer to the voice-over business, but life on the road. I’ll at least try to post lots of good pics.
This looks like one helluva party on water…I wish like heck I coulda pulled it off to be along for the ride. Maybe YOU still can.
I’m re-printing all of Deb Munro‘s latest e-mail with all the last-minute announcements of VoiceLympics, plus her ADHD schedule of upcoming coaching sessions, and more…below.
If I’m lucky, I may be able to catch up to the cruise wrap-up party in LA.
BTW, HERE is the official VoiceLympics website.