Happy Windy, Flood-Warning Monday!
Be careful out there guys. It's pretty gnarly out there today!
I, like most people, love to be needed. It's good for the ego as well as the soul. When I am called upon for advice by my peers it makes happy to know I can help. With that in mind, this morning I got a lovely email from my dear friend & fellow GKN member Christina Rodriguez, asking for tips on how to turn a new client into a regular client. That's a good… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on March 7, 2011 at 19:41 —
Happy post-Oscar Day! Did your favorites win? Not only did I forget to print up one of those voting sheets to track my picks, I almost forgot about the Oscars entirely. All I got to say is: Nine Inch Nails won an Oscar!!!
So, last week was very cool in my world, technologically speaking. Allow me to elaborate...
I got studio monitors! The ever-spiny Phillip Banks recommended the Alesis M1 Active 250 but they were out of stock at Guitar Center (BTW that's where I get all my… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on March 1, 2011 at 0:57 —
Happy President's Day! Wow, that's two weeks in a row I didn't have to make up a holiday...
Sorry I'm late. I was recording for the bulk of yesterday then I went monitor shopping. I got a set of Tascam VL-M3 monitors. I haven't hooked them up yet but I'll let you know how they sound.
So yesterday I recorded two short audio books: Eight Miles and Under the Moons of Venus. Eight Miles takes place in 1840's London and the protagonist tells the story in the first person. Other… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on February 22, 2011 at 17:15 —
Happy Valentine's Day! Look at that, I didn't have to make up a holiday...
Today's GKN update is coming a bit late in the day because I was recording for about five hours. I narrated the first of five stories for "Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 3", courtesy of Allan Kaster and the great people at Infinivox. Today's story was 77 pages long. I'm pooped! Narrating audio books wipes me out. The energy and focus required to sit still for all that time, speaking clearly and at a proper… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on February 14, 2011 at 22:31 —
Happy Post-Super-Bowl Party-I-Lost-My-Shirt-In-The-Box-Pool Day! I hope every had a good time and a safe drive home.
So, I was at my friend's Super Bowl party for what I think is the tenth year in a row, whooping it up, then I realize I'm halfway through my third beer. I said out loud "Crap! It's a school night." (yes, I got some strange looks from my friends, but I'm used to that by now!), poured the rest of the beer out, and grabbed a soda. Why, do you ask? Was it because I didn't… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on February 7, 2011 at 18:42 —
Good morning, everybody! Getting ready for another week of crap-tastic weather? I sure am.
Sitting down at my desk every Monday to write this here thang has been a ritual of mine for over four years. I get immense pleasure out of it, but sometimes I sit down, open up Blogger, and discover that I have absolutely nothing to say. When that happens, I sit here and wait for something to inspire me. Usually all I have to do is look at my planner and read what happened in my life the… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on January 31, 2011 at 16:44 —
Hello on this...holy crap it's cold outside! I am so glad I don't need to go anywhere today.
First off...ANNOUNCEMENT: I am a featured talent on Nextcat! check it out here
Recently my dear friend and fellow GKN'er Morgan Barnhart
give me some great tips to improve the quality of the GKN Weekly Update (which is basically a blog), to increase the number of loyal, wonderful… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on January 24, 2011 at 19:31 —
Well, hi there. How YOU doin'? I'm alright.
So, let's pick up where we left off with Goal Setting 101. Last week we talked about setting goals for the year. This week were going to talk about the dreaded Action Plan!
I've been writing Monthly Action Plans for myself for over five years. Let me tell you, there is nothing more grounding than to have it all written down, staring at you, every day. It's like that volleyball Wilson in Tom Hanks's movie "Castaway". It makes you… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on January 17, 2011 at 17:27 —
Hello to you on this brisk Monday morning! I had a great weekend, the coolest part being the poker tournament I participated in. Out of 42 players, I came in FIRST PLACE! That's right, I won the whole shebang. Last year I won one hand so my goal was to win two. I overshot. Anyway, we have much to discuss...!…
Added by Tom Dheere on January 10, 2011 at 19:35 —
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
2010 is in the books and I'm sure you're all geeked up for 2011. Well, aren't you? Hmm?
Today we are going to review Goal Setting. Why? Because so many of you
asked. I must say I am impressed by the amount of GKNers who wrote me
asking for help. That speaks very highly of you!
So, how did it go last year? Did you achieve your goals in 2010? Did you
set some and give up by February? Did you set any at all? Why is this
Added by Tom Dheere on January 3, 2011 at 20:00 —
Welcome to the final GKN Update of 2010!
So how was your Christmas? Mine was da bomb! X-Mas Eve was dinner at
Mom's, the main course being a Sicilian Empanada (let me know if you
want the recipe). X-Mas Day included watching Asha open her presents,
Seeing True Grit, and for the eighth year in a row going to Tom &
Sue Sylvester's home for Christmas dinner. What a great weekend!
Like many of you, I'm snowed in. I tried to be lazy today but I… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on December 27, 2010 at 20:02 —
GKN Weekly Update 12.20.10
Happy Christmas Week! Shopping done? Presents wrapped? Stockings hung? It's an exciting week, ain't it? Continue
So last week I finished the first 24 of 50 medical narration scripts. Whew! The hard part about these wasn't necessarily saying those big scary science-y words, it was the narration of formulas. It's not like narrating a list, even thought it's sort of a list. It's more like saying…
Added by Tom Dheere on December 20, 2010 at 18:33 —
And a Happy Countdown-to-Christmas Monday! (man, I'm really reaching...) Continue
I'm taking a break from my medical narrations to chat with you lovely folks. I did four scripts this morning and I would like to bang out at least one or two more before I call it a day. I need to do a total of seventeen by Friday so I'm pacing myself. Actually, they're not medical narrations. They're e-learning recordings, but they feel like medical narrations because of the subject matter (chemistry) and…
Added by Tom Dheere on December 13, 2010 at 19:50 —
And a Happy...um, whatever, let's talk about the Mixer!
So, this past Saturday was the Third Annual New York Voice Over Mixer at
the Tonic Bar in Times Square. I can't even begin to tell you what an
incredible time I had, but I'm gonna try anyway. Here's a few pics to
set the stage. This is a bunch of us at Mustang Harry's for lunch:…
Added by Tom Dheere on December 6, 2010 at 19:00 —
And a Happy Post-Thanksgiving Post-Black Friday, Post-Turkey Overload to
you! I had a fantastic holiday weekend and I hope you did, too. The
corn casserole was a hit and the kids loved the little dinosaurs I gave
them. Yes, I bought their love, that's what I do.
Remember that 50-script medical narration project I've been waiting for?
They're here! Well, the first two scripts are here. I recorded one of
them last week which marks the first Thanksgiving week… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on November 29, 2010 at 17:31 —
Happy Thanksgiving Week! Tell me this isn't the craziest week of the
year. I assume all of you are making preparations to travel or host. I'm
making a huge batch of corn casserole. It's not a casserole, however.
It's more like corn bread with an extra layer of awesome. Let me know if
you want the recipe!
So, I found a picture of my Red Dead Redemption character, Benton Manning.…
Added by Tom Dheere on November 22, 2010 at 18:08 —
Good morning! I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. Fellow GKN'er
Marci Fine came over to record some spots and we had a grand ole' time.
Thanks for the chocolate, Marci!
Remember last week when I was writing the GKN Update from CityVox? Well,
there were one or two other sessions going on in addition to the one I
was called in for. At one point, there were about a dozen of us hanging
out in the lobby for maybe less than five minutes, but what a… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on November 15, 2010 at 15:22 —
Holy hail & sleet, Batman! It is uber-crappy out there today, but I
have braved the elements to be in NYC for two recording sessions. So, we
are broadcasting LIVE from the lobby of CityVox in Midtown Manhattan.
Last week I had a great recording session with my friend Lisa Desimone.
She is a great talent and one of the groovier people I know. It was an
e-learning session and we recorded a bunch small vignettes as well as
lists (see my GKN entry from a few… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on November 8, 2010 at 20:15 —
Happy Halloween! I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday. I went to my friend Jim's Toga Party. I was Gluteus Maximus!
Last week was really , really good. Among other festive activities, I had VO gigs for Oxford US, ETS, and Punto Mio
I also went to a Meetup event in Morristown. It was a networking group
and I've been to a number of different ones in the past. Unfortunately, I
have found all of them to be a bit… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on November 1, 2010 at 15:37 —
Hello on this surprisingly warm morning! The whole week is supposed to
be in the 60's and 70's. This is the last week of October, right?
So last week I had a retake session. It doesn't happen very often but it
can happen for a variety of reasons. The most common ones are script
changes due to content or length, technical problems with the sound
file, or someone higher up the ladder just didn't like it. Sometimes
it's more than one of those reasons. The client… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on October 25, 2010 at 14:28 —