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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).


VO4TA: Deprivation


Acting is a business of deprivation.  It puts everyone involved in it at some point in a state where they just don’t know where the next dollar is coming from.  Those highs and lows are the nature of the beast and you need to learn to manage it.  

VO4TA: Lately


Lately I’ve stopped taking my own advice.  There was a Times article about the value of self-talk that Nicole Blackman sent me.  (Yes THAT Nicole Blackman - as if there WERE any other...)  Maybe I should start directing myself out loud, I don’t know.   

VO4TA: Logline


In my first podcast interview (for anything actually) the inestimable Matty Blake asked me - “If you had to write a logline for your classes - what would it be?”

I didn’t even know what a logline was…  

VO4TA: Calling


“What in your life is calling you?

When all the noise is silenced..."