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VO4TA: Anything You Want


Quote: “We’ve all heard about the importance of persistence. But I had misunderstood. Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what’s not working.


VO4TA: The Christmas Giving Thing


You can tell you are getting to a certain age where you can just go: “So, Christmas… it’s coming. Gimme a hint, okay?” and your sister’s kids comply with lists. It really takes out all of the stress. 

VO4TA: Motion


Newton’s First Law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

HPK’s Corollary is Rule No. 34:  Motion behind the mic is valuable, important and preferred - but it must never interfere with the recording.


VO4TA: Chuffed


Gentle Reader, I am just pleased as punch! My dimples are so deep from smiling you could hide nickels in them!


It seems Mister Peter Coyote himself (or his internet proxy, let’s be real here) has decided to publish my VO4TA column discussing his collaboration with Ken Burns on The Vietnam War on his personal website!

VO4TA: Urgent vs Important


H/T to the singular Seth Godin.  

In the world of training, building skills and auditioning Gentle Reader, I think we should talk about this.


VO4TA: Rule No. 48


HPK VO Rule No. 48: You may ignore any, some or all of these rules and still succeed. In fact, it is very worth your time to figure out which ones are just not for you.


VO4TA: King


So, why do you want to get into voiceover?  

What made you want to pursue it? What caught your attention?

VO4TA: Ellipsis and Aposiopesis


Ellipsis from Wikipedia - (plural ellipses; from the Ancient Greek: "omission" or "falling short") is a series of dots that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning.  Depending on their context and placement in a sentence, ellipses can also indicate an unfinished thought, a slight pause, and nervous or awkward silence.

VO4TA: Philosophy


Gear is tricky. I don’t like talking about it because there are WAAAY more qualified people to talk about it than I. Like these people! LINK  

VO4TA: Satire - or is it?


Links below to two different ads parodying classic commercial styles…


First - an Ebay seller’s commercial for a ‘96 Honda that spoofs luxury car commercials.