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WFHVA #25: Demo Review #2

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If you didn’t listen to last weeks’ episode, we are currently doing a Demo Review series where you submit your commercial demos and I give my honest feedback. 

I had a question this week about reviewing other types of demos i.e. narration, e-learning, etc. Know that I am only reviewing commercial demos because that is my area of expertise. I’ve had a lot of high-paying commercial gigs with well known brands and have produced my own commercial demos that get me booked time and time again. So, I’ll be offering reviewing within my lane of knowledge and expertise.

Ok, this is how we’ll organize these reviews:

I’ll play the whole demo and from there we’ll go through the demo spot by spot and review. And we’ll conclude with general notes about the demo, what I hear and what I don’t hear as well as any next steps I’d recommend.

This week’s demo is from C.

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WFHVA #24: Demo Review #1

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Welcome to the first demo review podcast episode! 

I’m excited that all of you have been so excited to share your demos with me for some, hopefully useful feedback.

This is how we’ll organize these reviews:

I’ll play the whole demo, from there we’ll go through the demo spot by spot and review. And we’ll conclude with general notes about the whole demo, what I hear and what I don’t hear as well as any next steps I’d recommend.

If you’d like me to review your commercial demo on the podcast email me an mp3 or wav file at hello[at]melaniescroggins.com with the subject line “Podcast Demo Review”.

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WFHVA #22: 3 Creative Voiceover Services You Can Offer Clients

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Auditioning is important. Especially as you start out, it’s the lifeblood of your business. And frankly, even two years later, it’s still the 2nd biggest piece of my business success.

But now that I’ve had some time to take a look at how I do business, what I want to do more of or less of, and how I see myself showing up for my clients in the future, it’s got me thinking of other less common ways to be a resource for my clients and keep my work relevant and fresh.

One of the ways to do this is to get creative with what we offer our potential, current, and future clients. Because there are so many different genres of voiceover and our clients have a vast array of needs, it’s important to show them that while we may not be jack and jills of all things voiceover, because we don’t need to be, we show up in a holistic way with the work we do and maybe in ways they haven’t come across with other talent.

In this episode, we’re talking about how to be creative with your service offerings. Meaning, we’re going to take a 10,000 foot overview look at our businesses and figure out some unique ways we can show up for clients and get paid.

Time Stamps:

0:50 – Beginning of episode.

1:43 – Bulk project pricing.

2:23 – Done for you services.

3:23 – Sponsor message.

4:18 – Casting management.

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WFHVA #21: From Podcasting to Voice Acting – Finding My Voice Through Audio Production (A Presentation)

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In this episode, I’m sharing a talk I presented at the Outlier Podcast Festival a few weeks ago. I got to share my story of how audio production has totally changed my life personally and professionally, as well as what I would do differently and what I would do again. 

If you’d rather watch the presentation, check out the video below.

Time Stamps:

0:57 – Beginning of presentation + my story.

8:04 – Teaching everything I know.

8:51 – What I would do differently.

11:17 – What I would do again.

13:42 – Strategies for the creative and the business owner.

17:08 – Takeaway: Your journey isn’t going to look like anyone else’s and that’s how it’s supposed to be.

18:18 – Q&A with Ever Gonzalez.

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WFHVA #20: 3 Arguments for Why You Should Keep Pursuing Voiceover Work

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This week, we’re discussing a question submitted by Denae. She writes:

Thousands of people love singing and have flocked to audition for American Idol over the years. For some of these very well intentioned folks, all the work, effort, and dedication in the world, will not make them professional paid singers. I love love love using my voice. I always have, but it doesn’t mean I have a voice people want to hear or would pay to use for a project. How do we know we should even pursue voice over work? AKA Am I deluding myself? Is it necessary to have a voice for voiceovers?

Time Stamps:

1:37 – Beginning of episode.

1:37 – Argument #1: It’s all subjective.

4:08 – Argument #2: You don’t know until you know.

5:02 – Sponsor message.

7:41 – Argument #3: Let the client decide.

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WFHVA #19: The Process of Creating the World in Your Head, Sourcing Talent, and Being Proud of What You Do with Keiko of MLA Entertainment

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Keiko of MLA Entertainment

Keiko is a Voice Actor and the Owner of MLA Entertainment. Web series and movies are her creative passion but Keiko always has her hands in other unique projects.

MLA Entertainment is an award-winning entertainment company founded in 2010. Their main objective is to deliver original web series, movies, music videos, and other entertainment that reaches deeply into the human soul.

I am thrilled to be sitting down and chatting with Keiko on this episode of the podcast!

Keiko and I have been working on a YouTube web series, Project Infinity, together (she has the creator and me as voice talent) for four years this fall. It has been a heck of an adventure and I’ve loved getting to know my fellow cast members and Keiko over that time. I’ve always been super curious about her process and how she brings the worlds in her head to life.

While this conversation actually took place last fall, with the finale of our web series airing soon, I thought it appropriate to share Keiko’s thoughts on her creation process, how and why she decided to outsource voice talent and a bunch of other wonderful gems and insights when it comes to being creative and sharing your genius with the world. You don’t want to miss it!

Time Stamps:

1:40 – Beginning of interview.

3:03 – How her web series are different than others online.

3:58 – Keiko’s origin story.

7:00 – The inspiration behind her current approach to creating.

10:00 – Keiko’s process.

11:55 – Deciding to outsource voice talent.

14:54 – Sponsor message.

16:40 – Connecting with other creatives and the talent she hires.

21:03 – Keiko’s advice to other creators.

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WFHVA #18: Launch Update + Giveaway Announcement!

May is launch month! Which means we have giveaways. 🤩

If you’re not on the email list or follow WFH Voice Actor on Instagram, here is what you missed: 

WFH Voice Actor is giving away…

1.Two Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd gen interfaces.

2. Three free course enrollments to The Business of Work From Home Voice Acting For Beginners.

3. All attendees of the Facecbook webinar on Wednesday 5/26 will get 15% off their course enrollment. 

Get on the list or attend the webinar at the links below!

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WFHVA #17: How to Run a Successful Voiceover Business (In Modern-Day)

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In this episode, we’re talking about running a successful voiceover business in modern-day, or, as the world is today when it comes to communication, technology, and the ability to do almost any kind of work from anywhere – including voiceover, and that is what looks like for Voice Actors today.

Time Stamps:

0:45 – Listener note.

1:10 – Beginning of episode content.

2:32 – Being more than a Voice Actor.

3:17 – Getting comfortable taking on multiple roles in your business.

4:57 – Sponsor message.

5:34 – Learning to be a business owner.

7:35 – Adults make a plan, children do what feels good.

8:04 – A few small things over a long period of time.

8:31 – Consistency is key.

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WFHVA #16: 6 Places to Source Client Leads

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In this episode, I’m answering a question about sourcing client leads. With the internet at our disposal there truly are endless places to look for potential clients always looking for new and fresh talent. I’ll even provide you with a lead tracker so you can keep track of all the information you come across in your efforts.

Time Stamps:

0:52 – Listener note.

1:23 – Beginning of episode content.

1:37 – Past auditions.

3:29 – Vimeo.

3:50 – YouTube.

4:38 – Sponsor note.

5:16 – Google.

5:40 – LinkedIn.

6:15 – Tracy Lindey’s course.

6:32 – Website analytics.

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