VOX Talk #47 – California Wildfires, Jeff Gelder, Teletoon, Julie Williams reviews MJ Lallo’s DVD, Adam Fox

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    California Wildfires, Jeff Gelder Holiday Magic CD, Teletoon turns 10 years old, Julie Williams reviews MJ Lallo’s Marketing in VO DVD, Adam Fox in Tech Talk and an opportunity to help your colleagues through difficult times.

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    Transcript of Vox Talk #47

    Male: Episode 47.
    You’re listening To VOX Talk, the voiceover industry’s number one podcast brought to you by Voices.com. It’s about voice acting, growing your business, and sharing your knowledge. VOX Talk is a show that you can be a part of. Getting involved is both fun and rewarding. It’s time for this week’s episode of VOX Talk with your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Hi, I’m Stephanie and welcome to VOX Talk! This week, I have Julie Williams and Adam Fox here with me in the VOX Talk Studio. Are you ready to hear some news?
    Male: The Loop, informing you of news and current voiceover events.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Our top story is about the devastating wildfires in Southern California this week. Several voice actors in our community were affected and were either evacuated or are still on standby. To learn more about how your fellow voice actors are coping, go to Julie Williams’ forum voice-overs.com/forum to read an updated thread about the wildfires. You can find that in the chitchat section, by the way. Now, if you are from San Diego County or other areas threatened by the wildfires, please go to the forum and let everyone know that you are okay.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: In voiceover news, voice actor Jeff Gelder of GelderHead Productions is looking for voice talent to participate with him on a project called “Holiday Magic 2007… a gift for children of all ages,” a CD featuring music and a holiday tale that will be distributed to sick children at Children’s Hospital San Diego and their siblings.
    Last year, Jeff produced the first Holiday Magic CD and distributed over 1500 CDs to four hospitals. A donation of just $2 will put a CD in the hand of one hospitalized child this Christmas. For those who would like to get involved in the project or donate, contact Jeff at jeff@gelderhead.com.
    To wrap up the news, Teletoon, a broadcast television station airing cartoons, has just turned 10, growing up with their aging audience. To celebrate, Teletoon recently re-branded their image to keep kids, teens and adult viewers engaged with animation when they want it, and where they want it, in an increasingly digital age.
    The specialty network is also directly targeting babyboomers with the newly launched Teletoon Retro hour nightly at 7:30 p.m., featuring classic cartoons including The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, The Flintstones, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids and The Jetsons.
    To lean more about Teletoon, you can visit their website, Teletoon.com.
    Male: The Biz, helping you grow your voiceover business.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Today in The Biz, Julie Williams reviews MJ Lallo’s instructional DVD on marketing and voiceover.
    Julie Williams: Hello! This is Julie Williams with another voiceover’s.com review. You know, you can be the best voiceover talent in the world but if you don’t market yourself well, no one will ever hear you.
    In fact, mediocre talent can get work by marketing themselves whereas great talent won’t work without marketing themselves. So you can see how important marketing yourself is.
    MJ Lallo’s Marketing Yourself in Voiceover DVD is a very informative resource particularly for talent in the Los Angeles area.
    New voice talent, Marilyn Taylor, gave it a big thumbs up saying she learned so much watching the DVD, stuff she didn’t even know that she needed to know like the difference between a manager and an agent.
    Voice actor, Jon Robbins, echoed Taylor’s sentiments. He said it was like he was invited to sit in at an MJ Lallo’s session in Burbank. He also said the DVD is full of important marketing information to help propel your voiceover career to the next level.
    Lallo covered such topics as the 60-second pitch, what to say when you’re calling prospects or introducing yourself to someone in the industry. She also talked about how to formulate goals for your voiceover business, something that got me thinking about where I want to focus my voiceover energies.
    It was a reminder to me about what Stephen Covey teaches in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If you don’t periodically refocus your goals as you climb the ladder of success, you may find you make it all the way to the top and the ladder is on the wrong wall.
    Lallo also gave helpful information on where to find leads, self-negotiation, and many other marketing essentials. The entire DVD was filmed in a live classroom scenario with spontaneous questions, answers, and pitches from the participants who ranged from voiceover newbies to talent represented by very respectable agents in Los Angeles.
    MJ Lallo’s Marketing Yourself in Voiceover DVD is available for sale for only $20 including shipping and handling at the time of this recording at creatingcoices.com. Just click on the voiceover classes tab.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Thank you to Julie and the reviewers of voice-overs.com forum for this wonderful review. And if you’d like to get a hold of one of those copies yourself, you can go to MJ Lallo’s website, that’s creatingvoices.com.
    Male: Tech Talk, walking you through the techological landscape.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: I’m pleased to bring you a special message from Adam Fox during this time of difficulty for those in Southern California.
    Adam Fox: Hi, folks and welcome to the cast. Today, I’m going to be taking a little break from talking about technical issues and neat tips and tricks that we can all perform in our home studios.
    Today, I’d like us to all focus on the devastation that’s happening in Southern California. I think this is one of those times where we need to as a community, close ranks and help those people within our community that have suffered loss.
    And as we’ve been hearing and reading in the VOX Talk and other various information sources, our voice talents brethren and sisters in Southern California have been losing their homes which also are their places of business and I think that it’s very important for us to focus on and make sure that our thoughts and prayers are with all those people.
    I, myself have all my family, not most of but all my family is in San Diego, County and most of them have been on standby for evacuation for the last few days and they’re kind of spread out all over the County. So, if it’s not affecting one group of my family, then it is another. So, I think all of us know people and have loved ones in the area that have been affected by this horrible tragedy.
    You know, half a million people are out of their homes and that were forced to evacuate and some of those, knowing that their homes were going to be destroyed because they actually saw the flames coming over the hill or across the field and some with a very uncertain future of knowing if – not knowing if they’re going to be returninng a home and what kind of shape that home is going to be.
    And that brings me to an interesting topic which is basically, there are a lot of pros and cons with what we do and this is one of those times we need to weigh those out and actually take a look at those.
    The pros of course, we don’t have to commute. We have all the tools that we needed at our disposal to be able to do our jobs with high-speed internet and all the computer tools and microphones and clean rooms and things like that that we have at our homes that we’ve set up for ourselves. And that’s a real pro.
    The con of course is that when you really nest yourself into a studio you know, that’s about the last thing you’re thinking about grabbing when you’re getting out of the house. You’re thinking about grabbing yourselves, your family, loved pets, and maybe a few choiced positions that you can grab depending on what kind of time you have.
    And you know, a studio is a pretty heavy footprint most of the time if you’re running heavy. If you’re running light and you’re running off a notebook and a microphone you know, excellent. You may have time to grab that stuff but you know, the hard work that you’ve put into your environment, into your working space you know, that could very potentially be lost.
    And I think it’s great that people like Julie Williams and Stephanie and the cast and crew here at Voices.com, I think it’s wonderful when they are encouraging all of us in the community to be able to step up and help putting the smoke clears both literally and figuratively.
    I think it’s very important for us to be able to put ourselves in that position. I certainly know I have with my family all being there and you know, in my own way, also preparing my home in case I needed to be a fallback site for my family in the event that their home was to have fallen to the fires as well.
    And this week, I’d just like to keep my thought short and give respect to those people that have suffered such losses and have gone through such emotional trauma and I’d just like to encourage everyone to drop on by Julie Williams’ site at voice-overs.com and drop her an e-mail, show your support, show that you will be able to support these people when they come back up and around and are ready to readdress those business issues of their lives.
    You know, they’re going to need some things and I think we, as a community need to step up and do whatever we can. I mean, we may not be able to do a whole lot, we may be able to do some but I think that whatever we can do is what we should do because if any of these has happened to us, we would hope that there would be some sort of a support system in place where people would be undestanding especially those of us that share this love and the same career choice.
    If we don’t understand what they’re going through and everything that they built then you know, no one else will. So, I encourage all of you to drop on by voice-overs.com, make sure to get in touch with Julie Williams, keep in touch with me, keep in touch with Voices.com. Let’s see what we can do for these people when the dust settles and see what we can do to help these people get back up on their feet.
    And as always, I’d be happy to take any of your thoughts and comments and incorporate them into the podcast. You can do so at AdamFox.Voices.com. You can reach Voices.com. Stephanie can be reached at Stephanie.Voices.com, of course always, you can reach Julie Williams at voice-overs.com or do a search for Julie Williams or voiceoverchocolate and you can get in touch with these people to make sure you can just reach your hand out, make sure that these people know as has Julie already gone to an extreme amount of planning in this. She’s exhibited an extreme amount of forethought to be able to think about that and to help these people get back up off their hunches when they need to stand up again.
    So, I hope all of you are safe, make sure you spend some time with your family and readdress what’s important to you, which is your family and your stability, your foundation and until next week. Bye for now.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Thank you, Adam for sharing your feelings and story with us, As Adam said, there will be hard times for many of your colleagues after this has been said and done. So, if you can help, if you would like to know more information about how you can help, please go to Julie Williams’ forum, voice-overs.com/forum and go to the chitchat section to learn more.
    And I think this is an appropriate place to end this week’s episode. I want to thank you for staying subscribed to VOX Talk and also to thank you for being a wonderful part of our community.
    If you haven’t yet subscribed, we’d love to have you on board. Search for us, that’s VOX Talk in the iTunes podcast directory. Thank you for listening and we’ll see you next week.

    Links from today’s show:

    Jeff Gelder Holiday Magic CD
    Teletoon turns 10
    Teletoon.com
    Julie Williams
    Adam Fox

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