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Some catch up ...

Wow.  It's been a while since I've posted.  Thought I'd give folks a bit of an update on what's been going on with me.  First off, I attended the Voice 2010 conference in L.A. - a conference specifically put on for voice over folks at all levels of their development.  It was an amazing time.  Truly fantastic.  But while I enjoyed all the workshops, it was meeting the *people* that was most rewarding for me.  A lot of the folks I'd been in touch with online were there - from all over the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and even folks from as far as Japan and Turkey!  I've mentioned it before, but I'll do so again: voice over folks are some of the *nicest* people you'll ever want to meet.  Generous with their time, FUN and encouraging - from the complete newbies to the well-known professionals.  I adore these people.  And I've never been more proud to be a part of the voice over community.  There are some friendships I made during the conference that I hope will last a lifetime.

It was an *expensive* conference, the hotel being in Century City.  And I'd have to consider whether or not I'd go again (they only have the conference every two years) if they had it at the same hotel ... but this once, it was well worth it for me.

When I got back, I had a project waiting for me (a commercial for Vistek, a high-end camera distributor here in Canada, in case any of you are familiar) from my new agent here in Toronto (thanks Roger!).  It's always wonderful to just have a job you've been called in to do without needing to audition.  Don't get me wrong - it isn't usual, from what I've experienced.  But when it happens, I definitely appreciate it.  Apparently, the client (and one other after that) heard my demos, liked what they heard, and that was all they needed to hire me.  W00t! :)

I've been keeping busy with regular clients, some e-learning stuff, corporate narration, commercials, web videos, etc.  That's what I love about this job - it hardly feels like a job.  Different stuff to do every day.  Sometimes I know what my next job is - sometimes not.  It's all a thrill and a surprise.  I do like surprises (GOOD surprises, that is. ;) ).  To be in a profession where that happens all the time?  What a blessing.  

Actually, to give back to the community before I went to the conference (that was at the beginning of June), I put together an article called Search Engine Optimization Tips for Voice Actors - calling upon my many years as an Internet Marketing professional to help out other voice actors starting up or wanting to further promote their websites.

I've also updated the Muse's News newsletter so that it's actually in html format now.  It only took me 13 years. ;)  If you're a songwriter and you're not subscribed, why not? :-)  Visit here to see the latest issue (I send only a portion of it in email and then have all the links go to the website so that your email isn't flooded.  It's a large newsletter!  Lots of stuff in it!).  The new format went out yesterday morning.  I'm very proud of how it worked out.  My friend Pauline is the designer on that.  If you need graphic design, she's very reasonably priced and does a fantastic job.  I highly recommend her services.

Had a practice with Allison and Debbie on Monday of this week too.  We're already starting to plan for our GOH spot at OVFF... Hope to see many of you there!

I think that's it for now ... For those of you in Canada, I hope you have a wonderful Canada Day tomorrow!  And for those of you in the US, I wish you the very happiest 4th of July.


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Jun. 30th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
My experience of Vistek is that they're good people as well as having a classy toy store.

I bought a lens there last October and mentioned to the salesperson that it was sort of a replacement for an old one that didn't work with my newer camera body. He made some reasonable suggestions about how the old lens might be made to work. In the end, it didn't help, but I was impressed that he knew enough to take a decent shot at it, and that he would spend the time for equipment that I specifically told him hadn't been purchased there.

Glad to hear you've got some good things going on!
Jul. 1st, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Thanks, Phil! I'm glad you had a good experience with Vistek. The fellow representing them in the studio with me that day was really great too.
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
I'm still dithering about whether to go to OVFF, but Urban Tapestry's presence as GoH is a very strong supporting argument!
Jul. 1st, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
:-) Hope to see you there!
Jun. 30th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Wow. I completely forgot it was Canada Day tomorrow. I am a terrible, terrible Canadian.

Jul. 1st, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
No, you're just a BUSY Canadian. ;) I may not have a day off anyway as most of my clients are American.
Jul. 1st, 2010 08:51 am (UTC)
Oooh I had not realised you had a newsletter so I have now signed up. I am no UT but I do love it when a song comes into my head! I am really keen to develop my songwriting and my voice (not simply to sing with it)

Great to hear your news! Sounds like a really interesting event.
Jul. 1st, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kathy. I think you'll really enjoy the newsletter. :) And yeah, the event was definitely interesting! I appreciate your taking the time to read that novel over. ;)
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