New Level? New Devil.
Hey there, hero!
As we continue our journey towards the future, the rules we rely on for our lives are going to change.
The metrics for success will change and grow as we change and grow.
And…so will the challenges.
Hope this helps!
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hey there hero it’s David H Lawrence the
17th and we’re all somewhere on our
journey some are a little bit further
along and others some are just getting
started some are really enjoying the
loveliness of where they are and some
are struggling and I don’t know where
you are on that spectrum maybe part of
you is happy and part of you is
struggling but I do know what happens is
things change and that can really throw
people off as you move from not knowing
anything not even knowing what you don’t
know to knowing a little bit that can
help to start to form the rules by which
you run your professional and maybe even
your personal life you start to rely on
those rules ok my first job here is to
understand what equipment I need my
first job here my next job is to figure
out where I can go put my profiles up so
that people can hear me and then the
next step is to hopefully get some
auditions and then the next step after
that is to get some pins and some
callbacks and some possible you’re on
the lists and then maybe beyond that is
bookings and then beyond that is more
consistent booking you see what I’m
but each step along the way is a bit of
a sea change in how the rules operate in
your life the rules that you use to just
get started are very different from the
rules that you use and rely on when
things are cooking with gas and you’re
getting a lot of auditions and
occasional booking and maybe even moving
beyond that and there’s another phrase
that I recently heard that also was a
bit of a comfort because it can be
confusing to people and that phrase is
new level new devil and what’s meant by
is again as you move forward maybe up
the ladder or across a plateau or
recovering from an occasional dip
whatever it is that new level that
you’re working at is going to have its
own set of challenges and again if
you’re just aware of it if you’re just
expecting it if you know that things are
gonna change and
know that the challenge that you had to
figure out what mic to use is not the
same challenge that you have when your
agent wants you to go non-union they’re
very different challenges but what makes
them easier to handle right from the
start is if you know there’s going to be
that difference there’s an awful lot of
things that if you knew they were coming
they would be easier to handle yeah and
so this is one of them new level new
devil and at whatever level you’re at
I’m sure you have some challenges I’d
love to know what they are let me know
in the comments below I’d love to know
the biggest thing that’s challenging you
right now and if you tell me that if you
share that with us also share what
changed to bring that challenge to the
forefront because it probably wasn’t the
same challenges that you had earlier in
your journey when you were at a
different level with a different devil
yeah let me know in the comments below
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I’m David H Lawrence xvii I thank you so
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Mornin’ David, I’m facing a new challenge. Although I have been requested to record a line or more to be submitted to a Client “today”, the majority of my VO work has been recording in professional Recording Studios. Although,
Volunteer recording for the Braille Institute/Vermont Ave was a work of love averaging 20-25 hours/month for 2.5 years, the tech demands were not challenging. The result: I’m moderately skillful in my Home Studio. I’ve been following your daily videos, considering whether or not to become active on ACX… and if I go ahead, I feel I’d benefit from the Course that you and Dan produce. My concern is learning to efficiently edit, produce, & deliver the finished product to ACX. The thought of spending 3, 4, or more hours cleaning-up each recorded hour is staggering. So,
From your extensive experience with many students, approximately how many hours do your Students generally spend cleaning-up their Recordings for submission to ACX? What’s possible?
At this very moment I’m engaged in discovering who is the current Copyright owner/holder as the Author of the book I want to record died about a year ago. I would like this manuscript to be my “Entrance” to ACX. Consequently, I want it to be technically excellent…and fun too.
Ideas, Comments on any of this is appreciated.
Rather than answering your specific question, I’d first like to encourage you to fully explore the ACX Master Class (The next one is coming up in early February.) I say this because I have taken the class and know that it fully addresses your fears about drowning in the morass of producing, editing and mastering audiobooks.
It’s difficult to say how others implement the methods taught, but my average for production is under two hours for each hour of audio, well under. Of course there is more to it than that.
You have to consider auditioning, dealing with clients, pickups and marketing. All of it takes time and is part of successfully making a living at narrating audiobooks.
What Ed says – that’s the answer I would have given. I create the process specifically to reduce the ratio of work hours to finished hours when creating audiobooks, with no impingement on quality at any time. Some get as low as 2 to 1.
I’ll be honest, the biggest things that are challenging me right now are practicing more and auditioning. I haven’t done much of either, outside of the practice in the monthly workouts, which is really fun and rewarding. I created a Gmail calendar called Bias for Action, which mostly just looks pretty, but it has helped a little. It feels like a variety of things have been taking time away from VO lately, like some on camera work, working at a haunted attraction for six weekends and being sick a lot of that time, doing research and building assets for my upcoming podcast, etc. The bottom line is, there is room in my schedule for practice and auditions, but my time management needs improvement.
P.S. Your t-shirt is cool 🙂