GKN Weekly Update 1/15/13 – An Open Letter To VO Newbs (I Hate That Term!)

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  1. John Sachanda says:

    I’d appreciate a copy of the newbie “form letter”. I am mainly involved with video production, but I find a lot of the issues & techniques you discuss apply to most creative art endeavors. Thanks for your effort in posting your thoughts and comments.

  2. Rich Kelly says:

    Hey Tom, I’ll also be pleased to receive a copy. Although I’ve recently begun my marketing and auditioning (and booked several gigs) I’ve been asked a number of times how one gets into voiceovers. I then explain that I’ve had over 40 VO coaching (including audio engineering) sessions, had my demos produced, built my home studio, created my website, consumed in excess of 1,500 articles, blogs, podcasts, videos, etc. on all things VO (a heartfelt thank you to everyone in the VO community for being so willing to share) and provide additional insight on the nature of this business (as my relatively new eyes and ears perceive it). I also let them know that true desire, passion and perseverance are mission critical as well. Each time my friend or acquaintance then says that they do not have the time or money for all that! Thank you Tom!

  3. Tom Dheere says:

    It’s on its way, Rich!

  4. Tom Dheere says:

    Sent! I hope it’s what you’re looking for…

  5. Cat Smith says:

    I would really like to read the form letter, if you want to send it my way.

  6. Kostas Aspiotis says:

    Hi Tom,
    First time on your website and this is the first article i read from you.
    I’m in the beginning of a looong ride in to the world of Voice Overs.
    I’ve taken with me a huge amount of Will, plenty of Time and….enough Money!
    It will be a plesure to have this “form letter” .

    Great article, clear and very helpful .
    Thanks Tom.

  7. I love Terry Prachett. Just yesterday, finished listening to Feet of Clay. Marvelous performance by Nigel Planer. Terry’s books are sublime and broad all at once. Should come with their own rim shot. As I’m keen to specialize in Audiobooks, Nigel’s read revvd up my enthusiasm at a time when I was starting to feel like the business end of VO was all I was ever going to be doing. But I’ve got my plan set, a mission statement writ, and I’ve begun banging out those tasks in the plan.
    As to voice over being hard work, Kristen at Edge says one should expect a 5 year plan to really get off the ground, so this should be my year, baby!
    Loving those business classes of yours, Tom. ‘See’ you at the next one.

  8. Tom, that’s absolutely not true! If you did indeed send me the form letter (which I’m not sure of, as I only recall the personalized message), you did not dissuade me. I am continuing this journey, warts and all. I have secured my second gig through much persistence and will proudly be linking it to people as soon as the files are finished. I have time and I have will. I’m working on getting the sort of job that will provide me the money, but I’m going to keep at it, no matter what. The upside is that I already have adequate (not top line, but adequate) recording equipment/space, some demos, and some (not enough, because there’s never enough) coaching, so it’s something! I understand that it’s hard, not some ridiculous get rich quick scheme. If anything at all, your kind words and encouragement are more persuasion than dissuasion. Knowing the people in this industry tend to be more giving than forbidding is so encouraging. I can’t wait to keep going. I’m actually a little sad to hear no one else kept trying.

  9. Carol Ochs says:

    Hi Tom….would appreciate a copy! Thanks!

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