Making Getting Started 33% Easier and 33% More Effective
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Hey there, hero!
I’ve been teaching Getting Started In Voice Over for over a decade, and some 7,000 people have taken it either online or in person.
Wow. I had to look that up, and I’m a bit surprised. And delighted.
Well, after the Believe sessions last year, it became really clear to me that there was something missing.
So…I’ve added it. And you can use it for your own VO/performance practice.
It’s my gift to you. Here’s how you find it.
Hope this helps!
Links to all episodes
One Step At A Time
Five Ways To Have An Excellent Coffee Date With Me
Five Ways To Have A Crappy Coffee Date With Me
Taking Advantage Of The Wisdom Of The Tribe
How To Be A World Class Complainer
The False Nobility Of The Struggle
Watch Out – The Rules Are Going To Change
“Show Me The Secret, Daddy!”
Coaching vs Consulting vs Facilitating
The Perils of Live Performance And Why Jeremy Kappell Should Not Have Been Fired
Let’s Welcome To The Stage…Failure!
Don’t Confuse Price With Value
Whiteboards In The Hallways
Go Wake Up Your Luck
Playing and Planning
The Two Things Most Talent Try to Accomplish Way Too Soon
10,000 Hours To Become Good At Something? Not Really.
The Curse of Knowledge
The Trick Charlie Munger Uses To Make Better Decisions
Everyone’s A Customer, Not Just Your Customers
“What do you mean, you’re a ‘process guy’?”
Pay Attention To Your Storytelling, Not Removing Your Breaths
How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
The Problem In Every Commercial Script
The Job In Every Commercial Script
The Secret In Every Commercial Script
How To Pick Your Stage Name
Voice Over Is REALLY Hard. Until It Isn’t.
Helping Make Resolutions Stick
ACX Jobs: They’re ALL SAG-AFTRA-Friendly
Non-Union? You Can Still Open An AFTRA H&R Account. What?
Who Says You Need To “Feel Like It?”
Are You Engaged?
Your Day Job Might Just Be Worth Keeping For A Bit Longer
Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others
Don’t Confuse What Works With What You Like
The Lost Keys And The Microphone In My Elevator
My Insane Backup System Plus Two Helpful Tips
What Open Loops Are And Why They Work So Well
Two More Things For Which You Can Use Open Loops
Three Things Not To Say Or Do…When Trying To Learn Something New
Front Burner and Back Burner Project Management
How To Properly List The Accents and Dialects You Perform
My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 1)
My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 2)
A Simple, One-Word Decision-Making Question To Ask Yourself
How You Can Use The MVP Model As A Performer
How Lazy Can You Be?
Avoid The Struggle Porn
The Robocall Equivalent Of Unsubscribe
Saying Goodbye To A “Failure”
Making Your Links Irresistible
HTTPS Is Not Just For Banks – It’s For You
The Threat That Made Me Create a New Page For LAME
The Resource You Must Guard Most Carefully
How New Media Is Using The Oldest Ad Model Ever
“You Could Be Hit By A Bus!”
Killing Customers With Kindness
I Found Out What She Was Podcasting About
How I Answered Voices.com’s Inquiry
Turning Mountains Into Molehills
Motivation: Your Three Big Needs In A Cool Little Package
Go Ahead. Multitask. But Try It Like This.
The Prodigy Game Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment
I Don’t Want To Go Blind
What Fair Markets Are, And Why Voices.com Isn’t One
Trevor’s Three A’s From Apple On Killing Customers With Kindness
Getting Ready vs. Getting Started
You’ll Never Believe Who Got Rejected By Harvard
There Is No Failure, Only Feedback
Who Is Your Most Dangerous Adversary?
73 Videos In, My First Hater Appears
If You’re The Smartest Person In The Room, Do This ASAP
Your Glasses And Crucial Laptop Positioning Info
One More Insanely Over-engineered Piece Of Gear: My UPS
The Crazy Backward Way IKEA Prices Their Stuff
Voices.com Complained To YouTube That I Violated Their Privacy
The Gig Economy: RIP?
For Your Health: Not Perfect. Just Better.
Celebrate Your Isolation!
Mr. Wonderful Is Actually More Wonderful Than I Thought
Let’s Finally Close The Digital Literacy Gender Gap
The Guaranteed Way To Completely Avoid Criticism
The Two Things People Judge About You Within Seconds
Are You Committed? Or Just…Interested?
Audible Retail Samples: Why They Suck And Why It Doesn’t Really Matter
How To Voice Copy That’s Set In Italics
Dyslexia, And The Palindromic Poem. The Wha?
Increase Your Chances Of Being Seen And Heard On Facebook
Jamie Has Some Thoughts About Fiverr
Is Simply Discouraging Distracted Driving Enough?
“Young People Are Just Smarter.”
The Real Purpose Of The “Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam
Beware Of Overkill
Laying Down The Perfect Slate
An AMA Preview: The Word “Ethnic” – A Slur, Or An Essential Adjective?
10 Rules of Profitable Self Discipline from Napoleon Hill
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 1)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 2)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 3)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 4)
AMA Answers Part 5 Plus A Medical Warning
Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success
A 7-Word Reminder: “Don’t correct people when it matters little.”
Do You Have A Plan? And Is It The Right One?
What’s Your Next Big Move? Are You Ready?
Build Your Future On Your Own Platform, Not Someone Else’s
I’m Leaving Facebook: Why Groups and FB Live No Longer Spark Joy
Time To Accept That I’ve Failed At Something – Happily
Crowdfunding Without The Internet: Pulitzer And The Statue Of Liberty
The Amazing Power Of Recognition And Badging
Might We Have A Possible Cause For Alzheimer’s?
Why Podcasting And Radio Are Out Of Whack
Value Enthusiasm, But Value Persistence More
Ten Ways To Make Money With Podcasts Besides Ads
One Quick Question To Find Out How Important Something Actually Is
The Workflow For Producing These Videos (So Far) Part 1
Why Not Wade? And…Why Not You?
Audiobook Narrators: How Paymasters Work, And The One I Recommend
Why Gen Z And Millennials’ Love For Audiobooks Is Crucial
American Idol: It’s All About Story, Not Just Singing
Less Beating Yourself Up, More Talking Yourself Up
Resist Oversharing. Instead, Start A Dialogue.
Vocal Care: It’s All About What Works For You
3 Biases You Should Be Aware Of
3 More Biases You Should Also Be Aware Of
Wow. People Really Grokked Biases. Let’s Tackle Fallacies.
Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For
What’s Your Imprint?
Fallacy Follies, Volume 3
Two Last Big Creativity-Crippling Fallacies
Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner
A New Lead Source For Performers: Voice Assistants And Smart Speakers
A Great Way To Handle Trolls and Haters
Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality
Is Facebook Truly A Monopoly? No More Than Microsoft Was.
Fear Of The Unknown, Or The Day Before My Surgery
A Strange Aspect To Performing That Should Be Cause For Protest, But Isn’t
Want To Grow? Don’t Go It Alone.
How Am I Doing? I’m Gobsmacked. That’s How Am I Doing.
Why I Give My Agents 10% Of Everything
Not Just Explainer Videos, But Video That Explain Things Spectacularly
Mental Floss To The Rescue: Skills You Can Pick Up On YouTube
What’s Better Than Willpower? Grit.
Regarding Apple’s App Store: Be Careful What You Wish For, Pepper
Of COURSE You Wonder What Porter’s Five Forces Are. Who Doesn’t?
Don’t Waste Your Time: Talk Shows Aren’t Meant To Be Fair
Sooner Or Later, I’m Really Going To Tick You Off
Just Because You Can Do Something Doesn’t Mean You Should
Wait, What? Audacity Records In The Background?!
Enjoy Your First Booking. Pay Close Attention To The Next Three.
Pattern Interruption And The Musicality Of Voice Over
Do You Still Have A Landline? Is It POTS? Wait, What’s POTS?
Increase Your VO Accuracy, And You’ll Increase Your VO Profits
Age Range Isn’t Really A Valid Metric For VO
What Is The Overton Window?
How To Stop Jealousy From Killing Your Progress
Even The Bible (And Game Of Thrones) Has One-Star Reviews
How Much Is Enough To Make Per Hour?
With Royalty Share Plus, ACX Makes Hybrid Stipends Official
Wait, Vices Can Be Good For Your Health?
What A Lovely Thing To Discover: Praise From CourVO
I Figured Out What I Provide: The Onboarding Performers Don’t Get
You Don’t Need Permission To Care Or Contribute
It’s Not Just You. It’s The Superstars, Too.
Do You Sometimes Think Irrationally? Maybe. Here’s How To Stop It.
The Struggle Of Announcer-y Versus Non-Announcer-y Voice Over
How My VAs Support Me And My Team
What Exactly Is “The Cloud?”
The Often “Most Difficult” Concept I Teach
Please Unsubscribe From This List. But Don’t Do This One Destructive, Lazy Thing.
Don’t Mistake The Joy Of Knowing For The Joy Of Doing
Why Giving Yourself Some Simple Homework Can Be Life-Changing
One Weird Trick I Do That Makes My Note-Taking Superhuman
The Worst Thing About The Biggest Money-Making Entertainment Category
What Can We Grab From A Schedule This Strict?
Get Better At Executing Today’s Plan By Starting Last Night
How To Create Useful, Organized Audition File Names
Where To Find Related PDFs For Audiobooks on Audible
I’m Halfway Finished. What Have You Valued Most? What Can I Do Better?
Our Digital Attention Span Is Incredibly Brief
“Serves You Right!” She Actually Has No Idea How Right.
Create A Safe Environment For Self-Improvement
Why I Use One Single Channel For Crucial Communication
The Even Cheaper AT-2020 USB Plus Microphone?
Fred Willard (and Billy West) On Quickly Creating Authentic VO Characters
Leo Makes Your Searching Spectacular
On Asking For Things Performers Can’t Do
How To Battle The Urge of “Efficiency”
One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain
Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz
10 Words Of Encouragement When You’re Stuck
One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain
Why You Must Wear Headphones When Recording
Two Cases Where You Might Not Want To Simply “Follow Your Passion”
Having Fun With Headphone Volume
Please Stop Rushing To Perform
Something To Consider: Everyone’s Internal Menu
One Crazy Key To Creativity: Pure, Unadulterated Boredom
For The Sheer Joy Of It
The Most Commonly Consumed Media Is…!
What’s Dangerous For Us To Care About
Please, Clever Copywriters…Stop Using This Term
Wait, Wait…What? They Actually Listened?!
Why You Should Take The Same Classes Twice
How Your Character’s Menu Informs Your Performance Choices
What Shouldn’t Be Your Metric For VO Success
Someone Awesome Who’s Also Rising To A 365-Day Challenge
Union Or Not, Start With Union Rates
O. M. G. Look What Matt Zurbo Did!
So Where Will That Huge Facebook Fine End Up?
The Root Words of “Typecast”
Avoid That One Obvious “That Worked” Sound We Make
Why Union Members Can Audition For Non-Union Work
200 Auditions. 1 Booking. A Ghost. Really?
I Can’t Do One Thing I’m Asked To Do Every Single Day
One Of Your Secret Weapons: Agility
Do Networking Events Make You Anxious? Let’s Fix That.
The Difference Between Mansplaining and Advice?
Project X Is Just About Ready. I’m A Bit Giddy.
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hey there hero it’s David H Lawrence the
seventeenth in auspicious start to the
first day second day I don’t know what
one of the first two days of VO heroes
calm one of the things that I’d been
doing and you might be a member of this
particular list is sending out daily
notices whenever a new video comes up
and this is actually handled
automatically by my mailing list
software well my mailing list software I
decided you know it’s not just good
enough to send out the new video for
today let’s send out the last five video
four videos or something like that
so all of my subscribers today got all
four of those episodes in separate
emails and you might imagine I got some
unsubscribes because they’re like okay
look I get that it’s one a day but for a
day you’re not gonna do that are you and
there’s no way to get those people back
other than to say look I really
apologize for that but at least I
started hmm and I’m always happy when
that happens I’m always happy when that
first step is taken and then the second
step in the third and you get you you’re
getting the momentum we talked about
this in a previous video about the the
moment of taking that step going from
knowing to doing right and in that video
I mentioned the getting started course
and I wanted to share with you the fact
that that course is now open for people
to take absolutely free on vo heroes
comm in fact the URL is vo heroes comm
slash start not hard to not hard to
figure out not hard to remember share it
with your friends I’d love to know if
you get the time it’s about an hour long
class if you get the time I would love
to know what you think about what I
teach because this is a class that I’ve
been teaching in various forms for about
a decade and in the last two years a
year and a half it has chain
dramatically for me in the beginning I
was just teaching here here’s the
equipment you need here’s the the
different categories you need to know
and thank you very much you need to find
an agent you know I was just like I was
just sort of relating what happened to
me and then it became a little bit more
organized and a little more codified
over the first five or six years and I
ended up recording a live class in front
of a live studio audience of the getting
started which which about 7,000 people
have taken at this point over on the old
side on vo to go go and I wanted to
update it because what happened last
year really added a final dimension to
the different facets of what I teach
that really capped it one of the things
that I noticed was that most of the
questions that I was getting yeah some
of them were like what mic do I use some
of them how do I get an age and what do
I do for demos things like that but the
most common question was mindset
questions how do I know if I’m good
enough am I too old you know do I do I
have a good voice how do I know what an
audition what an audition a good
audition sounds like and these mindset
questions actually prompted me to do a
series of live videos video meetings
online on zoom’ last year called believe
which was about acknowledging and naming
the limiting beliefs that we have in our
lives in our careers in our professions
in our relationships figuring out how
they became as powerful as they were and
then creating a replacement for those
limiting beliefs that we’re enabling as
opposed to limiting so you know I
thought to myself that’s really the
missing piece in the getting started
course because if you look at the
getting started course up until today up
until for all intents and purposes today
there were three main categories of
information that I taught about I
believe that any business whether it’s
performing or plumbing or sales or
manufacturing or services doesn’t really
the person conducting that business the
person that’s engaged in that pursuit
has to have up until today three main
things that they need to become more and
more expert in overtime to be successful
and that’s the art the Commerce and the
science right so the first one the art
is all about the different categories of
work that you do if you’re a voice-over
performer it would be the art of
commercials or animation or video games
or a narration or audiobooks or any of
the dozens of categories of artwork that
you would want it and that’s where most
schools kind of stop at the artwork oh
we’re gonna teach you how to do you know
great commercials be a great announcer
okay well that’s great
but you have to know the deal flow of
that particular part of the business so
audiobooks is a different deal flow than
say commercials which is also a
different deal flow than videogames and
by deal flow I mean moving from
awareness of a project to being able to
audition for it to being pinned for it
to being booked on it or moving onto
another audition those those paths are
different for different types of art and
that leads into the second big tenet and
that’s the the commerce so the art and
then the commerce and the commerce is
the business stuff the running of the
business right you can have even be the
best commercial voiceover telling the
world but if you don’t know how to run
your business if you don’t know how to
market yourself and how to create great
profiles that attract customers and
know what to charge and manage their
client them as clients and projects you
know all of these things that are
business skills that a lot of actors a
lot of a lot of talent people we talked
about this in videos before kind of
pushed back on it I don’t want it I
don’t want to be I just want to be an
actor I just want to be a performer okay
so it’s a choice you make so art
commerce and then the third one that
I’ve been teaching for like a decade is
the science so the art the Commerce and
the science of voiceover the technology
your microphone how to use it how to
adjust headphone levels so that you get
really good performances how to address
your microphone how do you sound soft
we’re how to do editing how to do
production what different file formats
mean what is demanded by websites in
terms of auditioning and in terms of
profiles and things like that so those
were the three that I’d taught over the
years the arc the Commerce and the
science and because of what happened
with believe last year was really
powerful people were like loving it and
I may end up adding it to the offerings
especially for the pros and the pro
emeritus on the vo Heroes website
because it can really be life-changing
so I added this year to art Commerce and
science the mindset and the mindset can
be the most devastating part of our
business first and foremost because of
what most people refer to as the
pervasive rejection we were rejected at
every turn we audition for something no
audition no no no no no no no I mean we
know the numbers hundreds of auditions
before you even get a callback or book
the idea of am I good enough the the
imposter syndrome that pops up these are
all things that can really adversely
affect you you can have a great approach
your art could be great you could run a
great business you understand the
technology and then your mind kicks in
oh my god
so we cover all of those things in this
new and I love what one of my clients
add vo came up with vo hero fide or vo
heroic I think he said vo yeah vo heroic
version of getting started in voiceover
and I would like to invite you if you’ve
been a voice-over talent for a while
give me your experience if you’re
thinking about becoming a voice-over
talent taking this course it’s free at
vo heroes comm slash start taking this
course tell me what you get out of it
tell me what you think I’d love for you
to leave comments send me an email
comment on the you know this page I’d
love to be able to to get some feedback
on it I know because it’s been built out
of what we’ve been doing before that
it’s going to be useful to you but
question is is the brand-new segment on
mindset something that is that I don’t
know if it’s gonna be as useful as it
could be so that’s what I’m looking so
if you could check it out you know if
not I appreciate you watching I’m David
H Lawrence the 17th join my mailing list
if you want to just click down below
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the list go ahead and sign up for it
make up for those four thousand five
hundred million people that that abandon
me because my my technology failed me
and I appreciate you watching and I will
talk to you tomorrow
I took the Get Started course and liked it very much. For someone starting from nothing it gives a wealth of great information. I feel the mindset part is very valuable. I think many others would find it valuable also. Thanks for the video David.
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What’s cool is that Steve figured all that out. You can now click or tap anywhere in the Reply or Response box to comment.
Yeah, mindset is huge. It makes or breaks my day, to be honest. Thank you so much! This is a huge gift.