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audio’connell in dallas

Peter K. O'Connell & Cliff Zellman Dallas, TX 2016It was a quick visit to Dallas but I gave my friend and audio producer extraordinaire Cliff Zellman a heads up at FaffCon that I would be in town this week.

Cliff produces some of the best and most effective (I suppose being most effective would make them the best, wouldn’t it) automotive commercials in the country (no I’m not a voice talent on those spots – those ladies and gentlemen have wonderfully particular talents that I do not). You likely have these car spots in your market and they are amazing, in large part because of Cliff meticulous production.

He also produces impressive voice-over demos as well.

I got to hang at Cliff’s studio for a while and then he took me to one of his favorite BBQ joints, which was awesome. We solved most of the voiceover world’s problems but then realized no one would listen to us anyway.

Thank you Cliff for being a good friend and an awesome host!

P.S. Don’t touch his guitars!

wait, somebody reads this voice-over blog?

Peter K. O'Connell voice-over blog

It’s true that when you write a voice-over blog, you’re never fully sure who reads it.

It used to be that people used RSS alot. I don’t think they do as much any more. Now bloggers have to post their blog posts on Facebook and Twitter etc., for people to read them.

Some bloggers cross post SO much on social media that it looks and feels desperate— ‘read me, love me, validate me’. Ick!

I don’t want to be that person as I unconsciously embarrass myself enough. I don’t need to do it in such a planned, public way. So I post blogs in just a few places and forget it. In truth, I don’t really care how many people read the blog…shame on me.

terry daniel voice-over studio audioconnellBut I was reminded in a kind way this week that this blog DOES have at least one other reader besides me.

Terry Daniel was kind enough to mention me in a podcast/audio sermon this week. He said something nice about me.

I get a mention, he gets a blog post link. Simple as that.

from the frustration of voices.com comes humor

@notvoicesdotcom

By now, most people in voice-over have an awareness of the controversy involving the Pay To Play web site Voices.com.

How the company has done everything from limiting communication of their paying voice talents with the clients who’ve hired them, to escrowing money from voice talent jobs (and taking a 10% commission – like an agent though not being held to those industry standards), to the introduction of a Project Management service where up to 50% or more of a client’s voice-over budget is taken by voices.com for “production” services (the same services provided by recognized and accredited talent agents for an industry standard average 10% commission).

It’s a fiasco.

Voices.com makes no apologies for their practices and certainly little concession for these practices to their paying voices talent. It seems that the company has enough wanna-be voice talents and existing voice talents who are tolerant of the company’s practices that they can still be profitable from membership fees, Canadian government business grants and monies secured from Venture Capitalists (who care little about bad publicity, evidently).

For myself, I dropped the service years ago and have moved on.

From the sidelines, I certainly feel badly for those whose income has been lessened because of Voices.com’s practices, which I personally consider shady (I’m not a legal expert, just a business executive). Further, I have seen good people on both sides caught in the middle of this whole thing and be pretty torn up by it. That’s hard to watch. Adults behaving badly. Again.

I’ll let the courts settle it all should the State Attorneys General in New York and California suddenly recognize that Voices.com is operating and profiting as an agency in those highly regulated states with without honoring the rules and standards in place in those states for the operation of a talent agency. Until such time as the courts or the majority of their clients (voice talents and media producers) say otherwise, Voices.com is free operate in anyway it sees fit.

But now a ray of light, a glimmer of hope. Humor.

I got pinged by Twitter the other day that a new account has been set up there called @NotVoicesDotCom. No, I do not know who owns it and no, I am not affiliated with it in anyway (well, except I’m following the account on Twitter now).

It’s a parody account poking fun at the Voices.com situation by tweeting about “what goes on behind the scenes at @voices, the #1 marketplace for taking money from voice actors and their clients.”

I’m not sure if it’s the kind of fame Voices.com and its venture capitalist investors wanted from their business practices, but they’ve got it now anyway. Hey, what’s the old axiom “any publicity is good publicity”?

I think that was written before the internet was invented.

girl’s guide to voice-over but men are allowed, sort of

Some female voice-over talent named Lisa Biggs who I’ve never heard of nor never met has some unique marketing ideas that are only sort of popular 😉 and now has a new blog that you can subscribe to if you’re a girl or a boy.

attending conferences in your underwear

Strange – how many of you were drawn to that blog headline. 😉

But it’s a fact of life – virtual conferences have been around a while now.

It was a business that a friend of mine delved into and she seemed to enjoy it. I myself have never attended or I guess a better term is participated in a virtual conference.

It’s an intriguing idea so leave it to voice-over’s own Rupert Murdoch (aka John Florian) make the idea a reality for the voice-over community.

If you’re a plan ahead kinda gal or guy, you’ve got some time. Voice Over Virtual will take place September 18-19, 2013.

For all the details, you can check out Voice-Over Xtra’s blog post here

the end of google reader but not this blog

So you may have heard that Google will be closing their application – Google Reader – this summer.

If you want the whys and whatfors, you can read this.

As you know as a reader of this blog and thereby likely one of the hundreds of RSS subscribers of this blog (unless you catch it from one of my Social Media links) a reader like Google Reader collects all the RSS feeds and collects them into one place, making them easier to read and organize.

So what can you do if you are currently a Google Reader user?

Do what I did and switch your feed to much more efficient Feedly. It takes ALL YOUR GOOGLE RSS FEEDS and easily transfers them over to Feedly. And they layout is much nicer for web and mobile (considering how little attention Google has paid to fixing reader).

So keep reading cause I’m going to keep publishing! Thanks for reading!