Oh, I HATE this place. ;-}
Part of my ever-changing social media strategy is to delay letting anybody know when I’m gone on vacation (duh!)…so that would-be robbers will not take advantage of my absence. But nothing prevents me from spilling the beans now that I’m back!
“But Dave,” you say, “I read a fresh blog article or two every day last week on Courvo.Biz. Why did you mess up your vacation by blogging”?
I didn’t. I sandbagged 5 fresh blogs, and scheduled them to be published one each day. Here’s the cool part, though. At the 3-level beach house in Sayulita, Mexico, the neighbor had Wi-Fi, and I was able to tap in, thanks to a worker who slipped me the code. Gotta love the black market in Mexico!!!
…and yes, that’s the ocean in the background.
I took the time to inform my regular clients well in advance of my planned absence from the studio this week. I DID take a rudimentary mobile studio but regretted it several times over. If it were just a laptop and a mic it wouldn’t be so hard, but you need the cables, the mic stand, the patch cords, the battery charger, the USB cable, and when it’s all said and done, the TSA scanner Nazi’s just cant…quite…see…everything, and that means going to the “special” line where they have to break down everything in your bag. Add Immigrations and Customs to that formula both going and coming back in TWO countries, with connecting flights, and you have a wife who starts rolling her eyes. Next time, I’m leaving the portable studio at home. I never used it, and it was too much hassle.
I did, however, find an idea for a whole new genre of voice work that seems untapped here in the US. Here’s a pic that shows one of several trucks that roam the streets of most Mexican towns with a loudspeaker mounted on the hood or the roof. It plays a loud advertisement either recorded or spoken live by the driver into a mic. See short video clip below. Just think: grab a couple of clients who want real-time advertising in YOUR city…promise them at least as much exposure as the taxicab placards get, and with a professionally-voiced message that can be altered at a moment’s notice. What’s not to like? (Uh, better check with your municipal noise-nuisance standards first.)
You’ll see an ebb and flow of quality, but there should always be something new. That’s my commitment. At least one new blog every 24 hours, and hopefully something that contributes to your VO business.
I’ll be blogging for the next few days, but the only thing you’ll find that might augment your VO business is a little inspiration from the mountain West.
I’ll be vacationing with my family near Truckee, CA for the next few days. That’s Lake Tahoe country…very close to where the Donner party had their tragic Winter-over in the Sierras. It’s beautiful there, and I can veg.
So, stop back here for a few gorgeous pics if that will bring some tranquility to your day…there just won’t be much about business. Even computer/internet/geeks need some time away from the digital universe.
Yes, you have to drive about 10 miles on a bone-jarring, wash-board gravel road, but so what!…I was going to be walking on a giant see-through SkyWalk, projecting me out over the rim of the Grand Canyon 4,000 feet up!
As soon as I arrived, the disappointments began:
1) The place has a military-camp feeling…lots of tight security
2) You feel “handled” from the moment you step onto the site.
3) You also feel like your pocketbook is being assailed from the get-go.
4) By-pass all the Sight-seeing plane and helicopter booths if you can find your way past them.
5) To be able to walk the SkyWalk, it costs $75
6) It’s not till you’re riding the bus TO the SkyWalk that they explain YOU CANNOT TAKE YOUR CAMERA ONTO THE SKYWALK!!!
8] Pass through a metal detector before walking the SkyWalk. You get a locker to hold your stuff. (‘used to be a dollar, now free — wow!…thanks!)
9) Watch with frustration the West Rim Photographers with THEIR cameras on the SkyWalk sell you their photo packages of you.
10) Ice Cream Cones $2.25 (well, it is a remote location)
11) The ultimate disappointment: The SkyWalk doesn’t even extend over the Colorado River canyon itself…you’re extended out over a tributary canyon.
Total time on-site: 2-hours. Total time on the SkyWalk: 5 minutes. I coulda stayed longer, but I was so steamed by then, I didn’t want to.
Here’s a link to a short video I put together of shots I took while I was there. My suggestion: go to the South Rim or the North Rim. Both are much more beautiful, less expensive, and more accessible.
Actually, I’ve been doing a pretty good approximation of that all week, as I’ve taken a week off my TV job, and have just been sticking around the house catching up on a host of stuff.
But Friday, I’m taking a day drive in the old Chevy SSR to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Yes, the WEST rim. ’Never been there, and it’s about a 2.5 hour drive from Vegas.
Check back here in 24 hours for pics, video, and the complete story.
….and yes, that is the see-through-bottom horseshoe-shaped walkway out OVER the canyon where I’ll be Friday. ACK!
Andy Boyns is my new best Brit friend living in Istanbul.
The thing I like about Andy the most…and the character trait that will serve him best in all his VO endeavours, is his enterprising spirit. During 2009, Andy dug in and got to know many of us in the biz through his social network connections. He has an engaging personality, a wonderful growing family, and a respectable talent.
Here’s the deal though: like most of us who build up relationships online, he has the eventual desire to enjoy the face-to-face in-the-flesh meeting. A chance to rub shoulders, share some laughs, some stories, and maybe hoist a cold one together,.
Andy’s dream is to do that at VOICE2010. But again, Andy is in Istanbul, and VOICE is in LA. Being a young father, running a fledgling VO business and trying to keep a day job in a foreign country, Andy’s budget is thin.
For some reason that hasn’t seemed to bother him. He’s always just gone on faith that he’ll find the means. Now he’s backing up that faith with an open appeal on a new website he’s designed.
You may not know Andy, but here’s your chance to help him get a leg-up on his travel plans. Then you WILL know him, and your world will be richer for it.
Click HERE to go to his website and consider donating to his travel arrangements. I did.