How to earn some extra money as a voice-over artiste

Have people told you that you have a nice voice? That you’re a good speaker in meetings, presentations, etc.?

If your answer is either ‘yes’ or ‘sort of’ and you could do with a few extra pennies, how about doing some voice-over (VO) work, reading audiobooks and other content for recording? (I’ve learned a lot about VO narration work as I wrote scripts for video and live marketing  events for many years. In fact I’ve even done some VO work myself…) 

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Setting yourself up as a VO artiste can be inexpensive and lead to some very useful extra income

True, there is a fashion today for authors to voice their own books for the audiobooks versions and to voice their own podcasts, but not everyone has the voice to match the writing talent or the time to do it well.

So voice over artistes are brought in by recording facilities to do this, and here in the south of England can earn anything up to £200 per hour. An average short paperback book will take at least five hours to record, so do the math.

VO reading and recording is not a walk in the park, but…

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How to make a great audio book without taking out a mortgage

Until recently the cost of recording an audiobook from your print/eBook tended to be prohibitive.

Recording audiobooks

State-of-the-art Old School Studios, Milton Keynes. Photo credit T Beezley.

Times have changed now, though. And being a tricky old goat I have found out some ways of making high-quality audiobooks that bring the whole project in at an affordable price.

How audiobooks are storming through to best-seller status

I have it on very good authority (yes, no sh*t) that … after Amazon has entered the audiobook market with its cohort Audible, it has found that audiobooks are on the way up, up, up. Audible’s competitors offering a similar service are building quickly.

Why, isn’t rocket science. [Read more…]

Favourite Brexit and Trump jokes written for the long weekend

Amazingly today is yet another public holiday (May 27th 2019) amounting to at least three in the countries that I know of. ( UK: Easter, May Day and this one, plus a few as shown below. All within a few weeks of each other.)

In the UK it’s the “Spring Bank Holiday

This sort-of combines with the Christian event of Whitsun and also heralds the beginning of England’s school “half-term” holiday that includes yet another statutory Monday off, which is why schools use it in order to accept children missing four days of school when it might have been five…shame, kids. (This p*sses teachers off, too.) The actual date of the religious event of Whitsun / Pentecost is on June 9th this year but hey, never mind.

Image of Theresa May

“Brexit is (like) having a wee in the middle of the room at a house party because nobody is talking to you, and then complaining about the smell.” – Matt Abbott

“Memorial Day” in the USA This is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Hats off to all you guys and gals but I’m not sure I’d want to remember your ultimate sacrifice with a BBQ. Whatever.

“Victoria Day” in Canada
We Canadians are probably the last of the British Commonwealth “Mohicans” to celebrate the birth of Britain’s Queen Victoria. Yes, we are a little slow in updating ourselves but we are working on it. Happy birthday, our Vic.

Never mind: let’s have a few laughs…Brexit first:

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Writing wedding speeches: a sample chapter for you

Welcome to this sample chapter from Wedding Speeches For Everyone!

Wedding rehearsal dinner speeches

Increasingly the (originally US) custom of a formal dinner following a wedding rehearsal is coming over to Europe and beyond. The rehearsal dinner usually happens after the rehearsal itself the day before the wedding, and includes all members of the wedding party plus a few close friends and family.

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Some people really let rip and have a totally informal wedding rehearsal party … but don’t push it unless you’re sure the majority of the guests will appreciate it!

In the UK and Europe families often do get together for dinner the night before the wedding, but it tends to be on a more informal basis. If people have travelled some distance or don’t finish work until late the thought of having to get dressed up and attend a formal occasion the night before an even bigger formal occasion isn’t always popular among some of the guests, at least.

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However this may well be changing and the rehearsal dinner, as an excuse for another somewhat more formal party, is becoming more popular in many Western countries. As this is a book about all wedding speeches everywhere, let’s take a look at those for rehearsal dinners and see how they work … for everyone.

Toasts, not speeches (in other words keep ’em short)

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Get your copy of “Wedding Speeches For Everyone!”

At long last, a book about writing wedding speeches that are bang up to date – not still based on the traditional roles from the last century or two, although there’s plenty of advice on how to do those well if they are your choice.

Added to that, though, are speech ideas for all the women in your family and circle of close friends … your children, both adult and younger … and of course, partners, friends and families of same-sex marriage partners.

Interestingly enough as of today’s date, there are no other books on Amazon or elsewhere that I can find, and I have been researching… that cover such a wide spread of wedding speech makers in as many social circumstances as I have included.

Although this is an eBook it’s not a short one. In all it runs to more than 90 single-spaced A4 pages, nearly 25,000 words which is just over half the length of an average business or self-help paperback book.

In fact I had to restrain myself with this book as there was so much more I could have shared … maybe in the next edition which I will produce and publish as a full-length book if you folks decide you’d like that!

Get your copy (click on) here – it’s just £1.99 as an instant PDF download

And here’s the list of chapters…something for (almost) everyone!

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Should we still “write” business presentations, or go more ad lib?

Have you ever been on a public speaking or presentation course? I just got back from “Dynamic Delivery” with the one and only Ali Moore, and what a fab day it was. Despite having written scripts for countless speakers over the years, when I get up there myself I can get a little tongue-tied. But not any more.

Article about making presentations

Whichever approach you choose, good preparation is key to a great presentation

There is no magic formula for good public speaking

One of the main takeout points of the day for me, is that there are far fewer rules and rigidly-followed customs in good public speaking now, than there were 20 years ago. In fact to get up and speak to an audience, these days, while seeming to be reading from a script, is often seen as an amateurish no-no. [Read more…]

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