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VO4TA: The Guts

 

I admire the guts it takes to be an actor.  The courage to live the awkward tangled-up lives that result from the decision: "I want to be a  professional actor. A working actor."

VO4TA: Summer Reading

 

Gentle Reader - I downloaded SimplyE for the NYPL System about a month ago.  And not only will never visit a physical library again (kidding)  - I absolutely will make a donation to keep programs like this one going (truth). It lets you check out eBooks with your library card! (What?) Genius!

VO4TA: The Truth

 

A very talented woman I made an acquaintance with a few years ago asked me to listen to her demo.  She’d played it for the guys at the radio station where she’d interned a few years back and they had said it was good.  

 

VO4TA: Build

 

So, I’m working with an actor - and I see the spec say “exciting and fast paced with a build”.  

 

And I forgot something.

VO4TA: Editorialize

 

My most FAQ of late:  When people come in to read - what bothers you the most?

 

Here’s one - Editorializing….   

VO4TA: React

 

Way back in September 2013, I pulled this quote from my blogging hero, Seth Godin.   

 

“The easiest thing to do is react.  The second easiest thing to do is respond. But the hardest thing is to initiate”.  

- Seth Godin

VO4TA: Midsummer

 

Perhaps you’ve been waiting for “the right time”.  There isn’t one.  There’s right now and an unknowable and even more inconvenient “someday” that may never come.  And besides - Summer is the best time to take classes. Keeps the saw sharp for the fall when the action starts up again.

 

VO4TA: Ogilvy

 

From - Ogilvy on Advertising

 

Quote: “When I write an advertisement I don't want you to tell me that you found it ‘creative’. I want you to find it so interesting you buy the product. When Aschines spoke they said: ‘How well he speaks!’ But when Demosthenes spoke they said, ‘Let us march against Philip!’”

VO4TA: Stresses

 

The word “until” has a fairly consistent rhythm of stresses. “un-TIL”.  So does “AN-ger”.  And “per-MIS-sion”. We know and hear these words often. So they roll out easy.

 

VO4TA: Value

 

Adding something is easy: adding value is hard.  So, are you adding value to the idea in the audition?

 

(Once again - I’m trying to explain the way things sound in a tiny little space).

 

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