All Blog Posts Tagged 'agent' (13)

Staying afloat during slow times

I'm not nearly as busy as I have been these last few weeks. But I'm managing to float by. One thing I have tried very hard to learn is how to get by during droughts. I have had to get a couple of check advances and/or title loan every once in a while to get by til paydays arrive. I try not to borrow more than a couple hundred dollars and immediately pay them completely off when I get paid. The best way not to lose your head is to pre-plan when you're supposed to be receiving checks. If you…


Added by Jon Bailey on October 11, 2011 at 6:09pm — 2 Comments

First slow week all summer

For once "getting my big break" actually means the opposite of what I would normally want it to mean. I got my first big break from work this past week. I've spent so much time in the studio lately that I haven't had time to do much else. Every time I try to leave my house to go to the store or go hang out with my wife or take the kids out or whatever, my cell rings and I'm doing a u-turn and heading back to my home studio again. After doing as many as 6 sessions and 3 union…


Added by Jon Bailey on August 15, 2011 at 3:11am — No Comments

Nervous about "the transition"

My non-union contract with my studio here in Memphis is about ready to expire, and I went out on a leap of faith (in my manager) and asked that they not renew my contract but rather allow me to have a union contract instead.


I have to say, I am honestly VERY nervous about the move from non-union/freelance to union. There's the question of which union to join and if I will lose all my non-union clients. It's got me up nights, no lie! The transition doesn't take place until…


Added by Jon Bailey on December 17, 2010 at 2:15pm — 2 Comments



November 30th, 2010

Securing proper representation is key to building your career and achieving your goals as a…


Added by Sound Advice on December 9, 2010 at 4:48pm — No Comments

"Get ready for the big time"

So by some odd coincidence, I got my manager on the phone trying to call the producer for a scheduled session yesterday and he wanted to catch up. Usually we are both so busy, we only get to communicate through e-mail. Ironically, it was I who was busy at the moment so I told him I would catch up with him later. This morning I e-mailed him about all the FYI that was going on and asked how the future of my career was going and this was the (paraphrased) reply I got… Continue

Added by Jon Bailey on December 3, 2010 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Finally got my first THEATRICAL trailer! And I've been STAYIN' booked!

So I found out that three weeks ago, I finished on my very first theatrical movie trailer! I was on the phone with my manager and he mentioned that I would be doing the Machete tv spot this week and I said "I already finished on that a while back?" Come to find out, I did the international THEATRICAL trailer and now I'm getting the tv spot too! Yay! I have been very busy. I'm trying to manage and organize this new animation company that I've been put in charge of, but I've been booking an… Continue

Added by Jon Bailey on September 15, 2010 at 2:46am — 41 Comments


“If a picture’s worth a thousand words, why didn’t I become a photographer instead of a voice-over?”

That was typical Bill. No “Hello” or “How are you”. Bill always comes in with some kind of wisecrack.

“Why do you look so happy?” I asked. “Just watching you makes me miserable.”

“I think I nailed that last audition, man. I totally rocked the house,” Bill said, beaming from ear to ear. “I even added some special effects.” He made the sound of an airplane on the… Continue

Added by Paul Strikwerda on August 4, 2010 at 7:07am — No Comments

Kim Dawson passed away in Dallas and I loved her and so does God. The tale of a pioneer.

Kim Dawson, legendary agent, died today. She was 85 years old and a victim of Alzheimers. She was a top model in NYC for many years and then a top agent nationwide based in Dallas. A pioneer. She had the eye for fashion models and knew actors and voice actors. She booked children and animals and every type of act imaginable in her career. She had a wonderful staff and family who supported her always. She was the patron of so many charities and causes. She… Continue

Added by Bettye Zoller on March 26, 2010 at 1:15am — 23 Comments

Long, fun day ... and good news!

Over the years, I've done a few VO gigs that appeared within the framework of television shows. But, those gigs were always prerecorded or done in post production. Today, however, my role necessitated me actually being on the set of the sitcom Rules Of Engagement, performing live.

For anyone who thinks that working in Hollywood is a glamorous and leisurely endeavor, I can assure you that is a complete myth. First, as my "dressing room"… Continue

Added by Mark Avery on October 26, 2009 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

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Check out our site or call us directly to secure the latest… Continue

Added by Sound Advice on September 30, 2008 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

Submissions, Please!

Call for submissions:

There’s a new online magazine just for us audio/video and marketing types. It’s called Speak Easy - Voices That Motivate. And, you are encouraged to contribute.

If you have a blog; if you have written articles, why not share them in one convenient location. It’s the newest Web 2.0 Social networking paradigm. It’s called “Blog Carnival”. If you are a voice actor, casting agent, advertising agent, producer, engineer, marketing guru, writer, etc. please… Continue

Added by Doc Phillips on September 29, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Voice

Cold season has hit early in our house. The 2 year old had a hoarse voice at the end of last week and all weekend (perhaps it's b/c she spent a lot of time on Labor Day licking the dirt from her arms? Just a thought). And she would wake in the night crying that her mouth hurt. I knew it was only a matter of time...

Sunday morning I woke up with the sore throat. The raw nose. The sneezing and watery eyes. I knew I wasn't as miserable as I was going to be but I played it safe and… Continue

Added by Mandy Nelson on September 10, 2008 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Do you need an agent?

A voice talent agent is often necessary for you to work in any given city. Ad agencies and casting directors look to talent agents to provide master demos, recommendations, and voice over auditions for specific projects. Where do you start? Talk to several AFTRA and SAG franchised voice over talent agents – they are the most reputable as they are bound by agreements to the performers unions. They can't require that you purchase classes or photos from them.… Continue

Added by Melanie Haynes on June 7, 2008 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

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