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Bad-a$$ VO Auditions

Hey there,

It’s been five months since I last wrote on my blog. It was a purposeful decision. I really didn’t have much to say during these five months that wasn’t totally about me dealing with personal issues. I’m moving beyond the personal and back to the professional to some degree today. It’s been a purification of water, fire, air, and dirt (thrown in my face). I’ve been extremely blessed to work in a performing arts school that’s about five minutes from home which is beyond cool and extraordinary. There are constant performances in choral and instrumental music with my students including drama, dance, and art. I’m eternally grateful to become a part of the faculty.

Today’s purpose is about voice-overs as a union talent in a right to work state. I was sent a non-union voice-over audition from my agent in FL who knows that I’m a union actor. Heck, I have SAG-AFTRA on my website. So, I’m being tested to check if I will do a non-union gig under the table. That is the only rationale that I can think of at this point since they needed decent, good, or great African-American women to submit the audition and send that baby to the client. Apparently, I passed the test of “decent” enough that they wanted me to submit.

(Sigh)……I have the desire to post on my Facebook and biz pages that I do not accept non-union work since my agent is on my friend’s list. That is just a reminder to them. However, no, I will not. They know. I’m just being tested.

So, I’m sending my a$$ to Nancy Wolfson to become more bad-a$$ and see if I can book the gigs that I hope she sends my way and book the sh!*&t out of them. After that, I’m sending my a$$ to Celia Siegel for marketing help.

If a talent chooses Fi-Core, then fine. However, I’m not Fi-Core. I get plenty of non-union auditions daily. I don’t do them. I audition as a union talent. I’m sharing this since a talent has to stand up for what they believe in doing. Morals trump money (so that’s why I’m broke…hmmm). Most of the time, it’s the other way around. I’ll keep my morals (thank you God).  If I want more money, I don’t prostitute. I work as a bartender or pet sitter or teach music/drama lessons if I need more money. We all need more money. However, I’ve come to realize the whore side of this business. It’s not for children and yet child actors need protection as well. It’s a crazy, ruthless, stab-you-in-the-back-kind of business. Yet, I have some morals that I choose to keep. I intend to keep them (praise God) and will work towards that end.

So, I’m working now locally and my auditions have improved. I’ll continue to work hopefully with sessions when I can afford them with Nancy Wolfson and company (Jeff who?). It’s a matter of showing up and showing out.

Parents beware. Raise your children to become excellent people first. If they want to work in the arts, they will find their way. Raise your child and pray for them daily.

Meanwhile, be bad-a$$. That’s what this takes. I don’t know how the ending will come out. However, nothing less than your best will do. Get the best and do your best.



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Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Voice Overs


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Memorial to Vanessa Hart, audiobook narrator and voice talent

Vanessa Hart unexpectedly died on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Her sister, Dana, posted on Facebook the news. The family will post her obituary in the LA Times on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

We studied for five months from June to November 2013. She told me towards the end of our sessions that she wasn’t trying to take my money. lol I just wanted to take my time and learn from her. I knew that once I started teaching, that it would get difficult and it did. However, it was ALL WORTH IT. I’m so glad that I LOVED training in audiobooks. I loved words again. I enjoyed telling the stories in every paragraph and enjoyed my character research. The audio computer issues…not so much. I had plenty of those and George Whittam, Vanessa and I (along with Zach Herries with Mosaic Audio) had to really try to figure out my issues. That took time.

I was going to meet Vanessa here in Atlanta for the VO Atlanta 2014 convention with Voiceover City Atlanta in March 2014. Vanessa was excited and I was going to help her while she was here. However, I never got to meet her. I knew her well as a student though. Once, I canceled my session with her but she didn’t have time for a replacement, and I felt like a little girl in the 7th grade when I had to tell her that I ran out of money for the session. I had to explain to her that I didn’t pay her, nor my utilities for the month. I couldn’t pay anybody. lol Thankfully, I was able to pay everyone quickly soon after that incident. I had to slowly get back to her good graces after that. That was the only time that she was upset with me during our five month training session. I’m just glad that it wasn’t the acting that she was upset about. 🙂

So, I didn’t get to meet her but we knew each other well. What a treat to study with the great Vanessa Hart. She was a master audiobook narrator, actor, and voice talent. I’m so thankful that I had the courage to send a Facebook message on Christmas Eve 2012, asking if I could study with her. I wanted to start during the summer, and we did. My audiobooks demos are on ACX (audiobook creation exchange).

So, I will toast Vanessa after completing a book. I will complete many with prayer and tenderness, knowing that I trained with the best.

Thank you for your time spent with me, Vanessa Hart! It was ALL WORTH IT.



Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Voice Overs


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Running a Business as a Sole Proprietor

Hmmm. The interesting part of running a business is separating myself as a person / sole proprietor from the business.

Have you heard the phrase? “It’s not personal; it’s just business.” Well, women entrepreneurs tend not to have this gene. Artists, especially, have a difficult separation from the emotional and the business aspects of running a company as a sole proprietor.

Case in point: As a self-employed person (titled business A), I’ve requested technical service help (from business B) for my business. However, I need more service help from another person (business C) before I can get what I need (from business B). Bottom line: I prepaid for something that I will not receive from business B and need a refund.

Sounds logical? It wasn’t. It became personal, and I needed the resolution that my work vacation gave me to ask for the refund.

It’s not personal; it’s just business. Exactly. However, it didn’t occur to me that business B was not going to offer a refund. It’s my task to request it. Meanwhile, whatever warranty or expiration date of receiving a refund was not going to get answered by my email requests, unless I took the time to formally request the funds back as a person, leaving the rejected service emotional toil outside of my personal self and respond as a business owner.

It’s not a man vs. woman thing. It’s not a personal rejection thing. It’s business THANG whether you’re a sole proprietor or running a Fortune 500 company.

I’ll post if I got the refund. Laughingly, that’s not the point. What? Money is not the point?

No. The bottom line of this point is this: It’s not personal; it’s just business.



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Yin and Yang

Hey there,

Thanks to those that have subscribed to this blog. I’ve gotten a few SEO email blasts about this blog. Currently, my intention of the blog remains solely for self-expression, not for thousands (or millions) of people to read in mass media. If the blog gets to that point eventually, so be it. The purpose of GVOS and Me is explained in the title: Yes, I have a company or small business – it’s also about the person running a small business. If you hang with me, you’ll get an idea of what I’m about. However, the purpose of the blog remains intact for self-expression, reflection, and growth along with the business. The blog can shut down at anytime. Again, thanks for hanging with me on this journey.

Now for my next topic: Social Media has its perks for small business. Social Media has its downfalls in small business. It’s an Yin and Yang” adventure. Let me explain:

1. Marketing: Advertising the business becomes part of the business plan. To grow a business, a person will need to get out there and socialize with others besides print and media marketing. The benefits build the business and getting to know other businesses is invaluable within itself, especially learning how to promote oneself and the business with a positive presence.

2. Education: Growing the business means that the owner must also build on current skills and/or gain new ones. The global marketplace moves faster than five hundred twenty thousand six hundred minutes (525, 600 minutes), as in RENT by Jonathan Larson, states within a year. Technology’s rapid speed means that businesses must keep up in this ever-changing marketplace.

3. Performance: Talent is implied. However, it’s a combination of talent and performance that exceeds expectations that will get a business noticed. Super (mad) skills can get a person in the door; however, the consistency in performance will build a business and encourages people to return.

Apparently, there is more to it than this. When I started, I didn’t know anything about business: how to run a biz, nor market a business. Education and Performance ability was what I knew. The starting, marketing, and building a business grows daily. Business is not for the “faint of heart.” Neither are the arts. There is an yin and yang to the venture. Let me explain:

1. Marketing:  Again, advertising a small business has its perks and downfalls. Socializing and Social Media remain parts of marketing, including print (logos etc). Marketing costs time and money. Sometimes, a person has one or the other. Sometimes, the person has none (or both). In an artistic venture, a person will meet ‘n greet many types of people. Meeting people becomes the fun part or it is not the fun part. Can introverts carry this load 24 / 7 and 365 days a year? Does a small business person become weary of meeting new people that they do not know? People who want to get in the business typically introduce themselves and try to stay in touch, which is great. When does reaching out via social media with constant contact become too much, especially if the owner doesn’t know the person? The fine line becomes apparent when doing business versus socializing in business. Yet, growing a business means growing a fan base, especially concerning a talent in the entertainment industry. Internal questions may arise at meeting so many different people from all walks of life. A small business and the business owner can cautiously divide clients, business associates and friendships into categories. They intertwine; however, the cohesion and separation occurs effortlessly depending in work and social situations.

2. Education: Again, training in various degrees must remain within the business model. In the arts, does training replace practice? No, training and practice coincide as a partnership to further a person’s or company’s skills within the marketplace. A small business must consider their training along with practice as the company markets the business. Interestingly enough, time management can become unbalanced.

3. Performance: Again, performing at a high level consistently cannot suffer. People in performance have tough days. The customer, however, can never see the performer / owner of a small business have a bad day. It’s never about the performer, it’s about the customer in business, contrary to the divas and stars in the entertainment business. Aren’t all artists in the entertainment business, which includes classical and contemporary artists in music, movies, and media? I’ll let you answer this question.

Granted, I enjoy this field and working in different areas in the arts. There are some days; however, I can easily retreat from the world as an introvert in the arts. Aren’t all performers (or artists) extroverts? These are questions that an educator would ask, which seems the most comfortable fit since I’ve taught for many years. So, again, my style of writing and purpose of the blog will hopefully not provide the audience all the answers.

The journey has been an interesting one. As I said earlier in this blog entry, the scope has wide and deep vessels to explore. As a small business owner, I’ll see how long this road takes me. The blog gives me a chance to explore this venture as I also reach out to an audience and interact in the marketplace. When and if the time comes to fizzle social media entirely, or if by some miracle (they do occur but not as a person expects) this small business becomes big business in scope and a “hired” publicist does all the social media work instead of me, I can reflect at this venture as time well spent with maybe an authentic fan base that supports this venture.

I’ve chosen a long road to fame or wealth, if that was ever the goal. As in any venture, time will tell if it lasts.

Be blessed.





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Posted by on June 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


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And God Made A Voice Actor

Enjoy! Promo for VO2013 Atlanta March 21-24, 2013!

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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Voice Overs


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Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Terry Daniels has an annual holiday greeting going on. I think that it’s sorta catchy.

The holiday season has already began. However, I hope that this season brings lots of smiles and joy.

Enjoy and have a hot chocolate for me!



Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Uncategorized, Voice Overs


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The Troublesome Truth About a VO Career Video

This is a video by Paul Strikwerda. Take a look at it and decide for yourself. It’s an honest take that folks will appreciate when and if a person decides to forge ahead.


Posted by on October 7, 2012 in Voice Overs


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