Joan Baker Rudy Gaskins

6 Insights to Voiceover Mastery

In the book “Outliers,” author Malcolm Gladwell studied the lives of extremely successful people to find out how they achieved success. He discovered that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. For some, the mere mention of 10,000 hours is already in the category of WTF. For others, the first thought is to find a shortcut. But if Gladwell’s conclusion is true, how can we leverage this idea to achieve greatness in our profession? After all, 10,000 hours is only three-and-a-half hours a day for about seven years. Does this sound like too much time? Guess what? The seven years will pass either way.

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Joan Baker Rudy Gaskins

6 Inspiring Teachable Moments for Voice Actors

Believe it or not, it’s been a full year since we began writing the Voiceover Exchange to help voice actors find and stay the course of success. This month we’re inviting a select group of voice actors and a national TV producer to share personal lessons that made a difference in their careers and could do the same for yours. Their words are precious, indeed. Take them to heart and put them into action.

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Joan Baker Rudy Gaskins

6 Ways To Rev Up Your Voiceover Career

It’s the start of a new year and many have embarked on new ambitions, fueled by heartfelt resolutions and good intentions. That’s a good thing as far as we’re concerned. Anything that supports you in creating the life and career you desire is something you want to embrace. So what’s out there to inspire success in the world of voiceover acting? We put together a few tips we believe will encourage you to take the actions that will serve your dreams and goals. Remember “Dreams without goals remain dreams.”  

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Joan Baker Rudy Gaskins

6 Steps for Reinventing Yourself as a Voice Actor

If you are new to the voice over field, the idea of reinvention is probably not your immediate concern. After all, starting a new career is already a state of reinvention, so you may feel that you’ve got it covered. However, given the highly competitive nature of voice acting, the quicker you learn to appreciate reinvention as a strategy for staying relevant, the better. And, for those who have been in the voiceover field for more than a few years, you will reap tangible benefits if you begin implementing the promises of reinvention. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve been in the business. What matters is staying relevant. Staying relevant is what gives birth to reinvention. Obstacles like ageism, sexism, racism, and a whole bunch of other isms can certainly wreak havoc, but staying relevant means you have to navigate those waters as part of your plan.

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Joan Baker Rudy Gaskins

8 Tips for Creating Your Voiceover Flight Plan

The best thing about teaching voice acting is what you learn in the process. Teaching can be downright selfish when you consider the wealth of information that pours in from your students as they pursue knowledge, skills, riches, fame, and infamy. What our students have taught us is that with all the talent, enthusiasm, and training in the world, you can’t take off until you have a flight plan. And the dream career is about surveying the landscape for opportunity, reaching greater heights, and being free to spread your creative wings. Our goal as teachers is to take you higher.

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Joan Baker-Rudy Gaskins

Voice Acting and the Myth of Rejection

As a voice actor, you may sometimes find yourself carrying the weight of rejection as a necessary price of admission. This burden results from unreturned phone calls, auditions you didn’t book, agents who’ve said no or a teacher who says, “You’re really improving but there’s still work to do.” It’s exacerbated by observing other actors booking gigs while you’re waiting to catch a break, or watching a great TV spot whiz by, only to recall that you auditioned for it?! It can be a difficult pill to swallow. After all, you too have bills to pay, family obligations, and a host of unexpected “stuff” coming at you at the speed of life. At a certain point, without the encouragement or affirmation of an actual booking, all this crap gets lumped into one bad feeling we tend to call rejection. Marilyn Monroe summed it up this way: “Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big rejection.”

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Joan Baker Rudy Gaskins

15 Networking Tips for the Thriving Voice Actor

Every human enterprise gives rise to its own brand of networking. One might argue that networking is the lifeblood of success. Some describe it as “playing politics,” some subscribe to the philosophy of “It’s who you know,” and then there are some who are content in the belief that, “good things come to those who wait.” Networking is a powerful and essential tool for any endeavor and we want to show you specifically how the voice actor can use it to ignite career success and create meaningful long-term relationships.

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Why Enter An Awards Competition? 10 Reasons Why Awards Matter


Note: The Voice Arts™ Awards program (see announcement) – which is accepting nominations through August 24 – has drawn industry praise, such as this from popular voice talent/trainer Pat Fraley:
https://soundcloud.com/rudy-gaskins/pat-fraley-on-the-voice-arts-awards

Yet skeptics question the program’s value and purpose. Below, Rudy Gaskins – producer, voice over coach, and one of the program’s creators – responds ...

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Joan Baker-Rudy Gaskins

The Basic Idea of It All

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Welcome to Voiceover Exchange, where the exciting world of voiceover acting will be shared with clarity, accuracy, and a focus on creating a successful career. If your interest in voiceover acting is to enjoy a job you love at the highest level to which your talent can take you, then you’re in the right place.
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