Good evening, Bettye - I am a displaced Englishman living outside of Houston with my Texan wife and a motley assortment of rescued creatures on Dysfunctional Farm. I've just relaunched my VO career after a 10-yr gap. Jim Conlan (whom I believe you know) produced an excellent demo for me, and as of the end of last week I am represented by Cindi Davis-Andress at Pastrini-Bosby Talent . . . stay tuned for further developments :)
Hey Betty, thanks for the info on Sound Forge. I did get the MOTU Microbook II it comes with AudioDesk which is Digital Performer babyware. Learning to use it for my audio book recordings. Lots of useful editing tools. Channe
Just listened to the recording of the Political Voiceover Demo.....Good info! Thanks again for helping me with my Political Demo....Just gotta get out there now and take your advice and market...market.....
Hi Bettye: I feel unsure about submitting some auditions because of my accent. I've been working on my phrasing. However, I am sensitive to my accent now so it seems to really stand out. Your class sounds great. I will sign up. Thanks!
So glad we are friends now! You are a legendary and terrific voice talent and everyone speaks so highly of you. Personally, I am tiring of doing straight commercials for so long and really excited about getting more into cartoon bookings. I just posted my Character-Animation reel just about everywhere. I am with DeSanti Talent in Chicago, and on voicebank and VO Planet. I am a single dad and my little boy lives with me in Michigan. He is mildly autistic and is my guiding light in this world! God blessed us with these kids....what a journey. I am from Houston originally! I do want to take your course on working in the cartoon genre! God Bless you ma'am.
Things haven't worked out as well as I'd liked. In fact the jobs just dried up like a desert creek. I keep my hand in now by making 'audio books' for my grandchildren. They seem to like them and the pay is in hugs and kisses, so in that regard I'm really cleaning up. I just finished one called, 'Scary Stories for Stormy Nights'. I'm sure not giving up and I believe the pendulum will swing my way again. I hope you are well and appreciate you thinking of me.
Hi, Bettye, I bought your webinar series on how to do audio books - very, very useful and packed with info. Thank you so much. I need a bit more info about the use of music in preparing a sample CD for audio book auditions/demos. Is it ever advised to include a (carefully selected) music track along with the read? Thanks! Hazel Buys
Bettye, I just found your note asking about newwaytoread.com. This is my audiobook publishing, production and distribution company. It actually falls under the umbrella of Readio Theatre, LLC. All of the titles there are mine. We research, write, copyright, produce and distribute through various wholesalers. You can listen to sound bits there. Looking forward to our class. I started a page for us on my site...joeloesch.com. Hugs
"Comment by Bettye Zoller on August 5, 2010 at 11:54am
Excellent turn out for my Audio Books Part III Webinar sponsored by John Florian and VoiceoverXtra Mon night Aug 2. Thanks everybody for tuning in. And John's got a $99 special going where you get all three podcasts emailed to you. Check it out on his site."
Yeah, I've been a tad 'incommunicado' of late. Had a bit of a financial setback and it's hard to recoup when living on a fixed income. We're trying to sell our house here and if we're successful, we're headed back to Missouri to take care of family. The plus side of that is it's only a short 6 hour drive or so to Dallas and the possibility of taking some lessons from you ;o)
I had to stop my pay2play subscription for a while too. Honestly though I wasn't getting any work from it anyway. I'm afraid I even reduced myself to being a bottom feeder in my bids for the projects and I still didn't land any.
My only employer of late has been a small recording studio in Rhode Island who pays me a whopping $1.25 per finished minute. I've been one of several voices they use to compile audio anthologies and such. It's been good practice, but it doesn't even keep me in cheap wine ... much less the kind of cigars fit for a man of my caliber ;o)
I won't lose heart though. I'll keep recording, even if it's just for my grand kids and maybe at some point in the not too distant future I'll be able to step up and start competing again.
I have a few local prospects, but so far they've failed to launch (both are new companies in the Tampa area).
I've only been able to land one agent also, and I've gotten two auditions from him the past 6 months .. and didn't land either one of those gigs.
Anyway dear lady ... this isn't a 'woe is me' epistle, I've been down a lot darker alleys than this. I'll keep on keeping on, watch and listen to the greats like you and someday ...................................