Whittam: On the Edge

Edge Studio GW_1483GeorgeWhen already successful people can do even better for themselves in collaboration, it makes me smile.

From the very first of my early days in VoiceOver, George Whittam and David Goldberg of Edge Studio both provided turning points for me.  How many countless people can undoubtedly say the same!

Now, these two powerhouse VoiceOver institutions are joining forces officially, and you’re hearing about it here, first.

Big things have been happening at Edge.  After lately moving the studio HQ to Times Square, and re-building a cutting edge facilityEdge Studio GS_1430spicer from scratch, Goldberg most recently acquired the considerable business talents of Graeme Spicer as his Managing Director.  Spicer and Whittam are no strangers either, having collaborated on George’s VO Studio Tech projects.

Now it all comes together for this trio.

Whittam is on the tip of the tongue of any voice actor who needs help or wants to help someone with technical challenges of recording, studio set-up or technology.  He’s everyone’s go-to guy.

“Combining our efforts makes perfect sense. Edge Studio holds the same values as I do. They operate from a place of integrity and have a great reputation, and I’ll still be able to give my customers the quality personalized service their accustomed to – and even better since I’ll have the support of the entire team of professionals at Edge Studio behind me.” says Whittam of the merger.

These developments grow the reputation of Edge Studio, while freeing up founder and CEO David Goldberg to slide into two roles he relishes:  visionary and advocate.  Goldberg has already upped his traveling and appearance schedule, and makes the perfect Edge Studio DG_1654goldbergsmallapostle for the services he provides, while disseminating great information wherever he appears.

“The addition of George and V.O.StudioTech is like finding the missing piece to a puzzle. We now have the opportunity to offer a complete resource center for voice over talent and industry professionals,” says Goldberg of the addition of Whittam’s talents.

Please take the time to read the official news release here: Edge Studio Welcomes G Whittam PR.

Then, call up George and David or Graeme and let them know how happy you are for them!

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VO Scholarship

MCA-I is an organization familiar to many a voice actor.  It stands for Media Communications Association – International, and likely there’s a branch near you.

VO Peeps may also be a blog you’d also recognize.  It’s authored by SoCal’s Anne Ganguzza.

Well, MCA-I and VO Peeps…along with VOICE2012 (stay with me here) are collaborating to offer the first annual Career Education Scholarship Fund.

According to Anne’s blog:  “The Program provides  both need and merit-based scholarships to working voice-over artists, as well as those new to the business. Scholarship Awards may be given on a cash basis,  or in the form of product and/or educational services useful to a VO Professional.  The First Annual Scholarship will be awarded on May 15 to one deserving Voiceover professional and will consist of: One Full VIP registration for VOICE 2012! June 13-16, 2012.”

This event is seeking both applicants and donors.  I don’t see a downside, actually…somebody who really needs it gets a pass to VOICE2012, and you have the reassurance of knowing you helped a fellow professional.

Be sure and follow all the links in this article to get the facts.  Our thanks as well to James Alburger and Penny Abshire, too, for their donation of a pass to the VOICE2012 event to make all this possible.

Read Anne’s most recent blog about the scholarship for further info and links.

‘Love it when things come together like this!

CourVO

 

The VO Success Pyramid

…Lets make that the (PERCEIVED) VO Success Pyramid…

‘Defined as a hierarchical representation of the levels of work/success/challenge/acknowledgement/accomplishments traditionally accepted as reasonably desirable in our field.  By nature, the pyramid is tiered from lowest-paying and least prestigious to the best-paying and highest profile jobs available to the voice actor.

OK, Dave, but why?…why put it on paper?…what’s the advantage?

Only to benefit us all with a global view of what’s available to us, and how the different levels reflect the accepted market for compensation and opportunity.

You may be working in 2 or three (or almost all) levels at the same time.  Pay levels for one level may actually match that of higher (or lower) level within different silos of job descriptions.

If nothing else, think of it as a healthy exercise of describing the job sphere for voice actors.

Below is what I’ve come up with so far.  (click on the pic to enlarge)
It’s not complete!  I’ve got links below for how you can collaborate and change/augment/fix/ contribute to the pyramid, which is also available in .pdf format here: VO Success Pyramid

As I said, I’ve put “place-holder” descriptions for each level with some of the more obvious and conspicuous jobs that are being held by various professional working  voice actors.

This is a collaborative Google Doc.

HELP ME FILL IT OUT.

Collaborate on this document.

With that link directly above you can add, suggest, augment, change, delete, omit, and otherwise totally fulfill or mess-up this document, so I’d ask you to please honor this idea in the manner it which it was offered, and not be destructive.

Or just email me your suggestions, and I’ll add them myself:  CourVO@CourVO.com.

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