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If you heard one of the AMA'S I pointed out that I was contacting family and friends, that I knew that have written books. One of the areas I want to work in is book trailers. When I talk to them I explain what it is I want to do and also explain that if they like it they can use it. And I'll even give them the family and friends discount (Free). I want to use them as training for doing book trailers. And guess what happened, someone said yes. And then another thing happened. I sucked big time on my first recording. But I Just see the problem and work on fixing it and move on. This is that recording. I've been out of pocket for two days and haven't heard from her yet. But I will let you know.

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This is a book the one of my cousins wrote. I asked he if I could do one for her. And kept turning it over and over in my head how I wanted to do it. I was looking to make the person who would by the book feel like they were the court and that they would be reading it like it was a court case. I think it goes a little long for a trailer. But I was trying to get the person hearing hooker on needing to read it.

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Anthony Lanius
Bill Freeman Jr.
Rhonda Foster
Victor Johnson
Ralph Toles
New comment 11h ago
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    I'm feeling the need for a I speak for a living T shirt.😊

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    @Ralph Toles I started with a lady named Betty Zaller, some time ago. She started way back when you had to go to a sound studio. She was still learning and doing voice over work until she passed. She was like Earl always looking forward.

If you haven't been on a few Ama's. One thing you'll miss. Seeing the smile on Earl's face as we talk among our self's. And him looking like a Dad siting back watching his kids interacting with each other. The more experience ones helping the younger ones. Or you don't see Earl thinking and working out something new to try. I should have labeled this one past and future AmA's. They don't just give out information, you get ideas, as well as friendship. And you might find your self moving faster in your journey. So Pop in one Saturday say hi and if that's all you want to do, sit back and sock it all in. Some are so hooked the log with their phones in while they are on the road. Just to hear what's going on.

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Ralph Toles
Bill Freeman Jr.
New comment 11h ago
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    @Ralph Toles Every time we get to taking between our selfs. You can see the proud Daddy grin on his face.

Hi Guys, working on my Demo and wanted to try my next potential clip. I also included a dry read to listen for any noise in the background. Is my voice or music too loud? Too soft? Thoughts?

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Novella Childress
Bill Freeman Jr.
Melvin Stewart
LaTonya Harrison
Penny Orton
New comment 12h ago
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    They both sound good. I'm thinking a fade out with the music.

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    @Ralph Toles I have to download they before playing them.

HEY EVERYONE I'm sitting here editing and I starting g thinking about how xan I help everyone in this journey. As you know I frequently say you edit with 👀 as well as 👂... so here are 2 things 1. Hit record in your DAW ( digital audio workstation) and record your breathing nosies , and mouth noises. Why ? Now you have a personal reference of what they look like . So when you look at your recording you can know what a breath, mouth click or pop and sibilance ( the strong s or c or harsh t sound) look like 2. All breathing is not bad , there are times when it's a part of your wprd and if you cut it then you may chop that part of a word. So my tip ( was taught to me but I use it daily) highlight that occurrence once you do goto your effect and use the fade in function ( I usually tap 2 times ] 3. You will find it fade the harshness out and makes the breathing or whatever sound error lighter, in alot of cases it will make it part of the sentence.. 4. Give a try and let me know how it works 4 you. 😊😊😊😊😊

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Bill Freeman Jr.
Victor Johnson
New comment 12h ago
  • 1 like • 12h

    Oh so now you tell me. Been wrestling with that for a month. But it's always good to see I'm going in the right direction.👍

Sorry guys, I've been out of pocket, got a face to face from my sister-law, to tell me that my youngest brother was in the emergency room having seizures. So it was all hands on deck for the last two days. They think they know now what was causing it. And he doing better so far, he should be in the hospital for the weekend. Fingers crossed, prayers, four leaf clovers, knock on wood are accepted.

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Never Judge your self where you are now, to others that are ahead of you. Because if you do, you'll always lose. Look at them now and ask how can I get there and then see if it works with where you want to go. And if it does then go for it.

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Ralph Toles
Victor Johnson
LaTonya Harrison
New comment 2d ago

Yesterday I received and email from a client whom I had sent a audition to. The platform shows if they listened ( which they did) and if they like they can shortlist you ( which on the platform they DID NOT). After the cordial greetings they mentioned that they had selected me as 1 of the 5 finalist for the job ( electric truck manufacturers). Their question was that they were pressed to meet deadline and if I was selected for the job would I be able to provide a turnaround by the end ( end of day) this was at 3pm est and their end was 7pm est. My response was ABSOLUTELY ( yes actual response all caps) . At 4 pm o recieced a response that they were going in another direction, but the representative stated that I was his choice. Would I mind if they added me to there personal list of vo artists as to avoid the hassles of searching ? Again I responded yes and thanked them for just being considered Your customer service , wether you do or don't get that job can determine your jobs in the future , and establish your reputation Just my 2 cents

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Bill Freeman Jr.
Rhonda Foster
Maria Torres
Ralph Toles
Victor Johnson
New comment 5d ago
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    @Ralph Toles And that's more then likely the best out come for any of us. That customer the comes back to you over and over again. When that happens you don't need a lot of them.And the need to go hunting for more lessens. Hopefully because they will recommend you to others.

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    @Victor Johnson I'm trying to catch up to big Mike and Penny and Ms. Ruth. actually the whole top ten bunch. But come on there's pliantly of room.

Today like most of the AMA sessions are epic. The congregation of like minded people pushing towards 1 objective from different points is absolutely beautiful. Those low days when I don't wanna grind I think of everyone 8n this group and I get up and push.. I have no success ,But We as a family have . And that's what I enjoy the most.. we make each other better!!!

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Bill Freeman Jr.
Victor Johnson
New comment 6d ago

Hi GADQ family happy Monday, looking for some free money to build your VO career, here are the Grant's that I was referring to I found this info on Instagram, hope you find it useful.🎛🎧🎤⚙ https://www.instagram.com/reel/CpQhF7YAv0b/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

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Ralph Toles
Rhonda Foster
Chani Kinsler
Ruth Haskins
Rhonda Foster
New comment 6d ago

We all have short comings (Yes Even Earl.😏) But you see him know, listen to what he has gone through to get where he is today. And where he wants to go to tomorrow. But for us who are just starting out. Like Earl, Big Mike, Penny, Ms. Ruth, Ben...Anyone in the top ten they all more of less focused on the now. What do I need today to move just one, two or three steps forward. Try it for one day, a week then a month. And then take a peek over your shoulder and see just how far you've come. That might seem like a slow long way to go. But in reality it the fast way. And for me how I work on myself. 😊

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Michael Ray
Bill Freeman Jr.
New comment 7d ago

What did you read today? No! Not just about voice over. But for your personal growth? Me? I started reading: The obstacle is the way by Ryan Holiday. What did you listen to today? Did you find the answer to a problem today? I watched a video on “why you hate the sound of your voice.” Followed by Bill DeWees “3 tips on making your voice sound better.” And Earl Hall’s, “How to read a script.” And did you practice using your DAW? Remember if you aren’t working on you. The person who gets that job you wanted so bad. Might have work on themselves.

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Ralph Toles
Bill Freeman Jr.
Chani Kinsler
New comment 7d ago

Ok let's just say you have zero experience in any kind of acting or the entertainment industry. And you got you mic, DAW you signed up on fiverr. And you think I can sit back and wait and wait....Did I say wait. But while you are waiting for you first audition, what are you doing in the mean time. What's a Demo? Fell like your drowning. Here's the tip, think of it as being covered over by a Avalanche of information you didn't have a clue about. Don't panic look for clues. Drop your preconceived ideas and listen and do. And take on the problems one at a time. So when you get that audition, you might be nervous, but you know that you put your best foot (voice) forward.

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Ralph Toles
New comment 9d ago

Test 3 was where I was try to read it just like everyone. Boring (To me) That's why it's so short, I just wasn't feeling it. But once I got that out of my head. I went for me. I can hear where I need to work on my pronunciation. And what I call lazy talk. Kind of like not fully sound out the word on some words. But I like were Colored River was going. I was looking for a feel of putting the subject on trail and letting the reader of the book by the judge.

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Bill Freeman Jr.
New comment 9d ago
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    Thanks Melvin, and like you I can hear my short comings and mistakes. I want one that I like and that's the one I'll send to my cousin. I send her copies of what I'm doing and tell her what I think is wrong with it. She like the idea of me keeping her in the loop. And I told her this week is the dead line where I'll send he a complete Mp3. Of a dry read that she can use.

Hi Guys, I'm beginning to test a few demo pieces and wanted to get some feedback. Earl said that the first clip in your samples should be a strong one, with a little punch. The next one softer, then softer and back up. I had an idea for this one as my first heavy hitter but I'm curious if it's way too much. First off, I know it's longer than 10 seconds, but give it a listen and tell me if it's strong enough or am I completely missing the goal by not using my normal speaking voice. At any rate, I'd be interested in other thoughts.

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Ralph Toles
Melvin Stewart
Bill Freeman Jr.
New comment 10d ago
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    To me that sounded spot on. You can feel the excitement in that ten sec spot. I think you've got a winner there.

Back in the day (Mid 70’s), We went to see a new little known movie called Friday the thirteenth. We watched and laughed all the way through it mainly because it was set in Ill. And the road Jason was traveling was coming right to Peoria where we were. Plus they showed things that were a scream (very funny) to us. Like they showed the law was looking for him still in Ill. But it was obviously a desert. None in Illinois. But fast forward to today. Friday the thirteenth is still around. And poor Jammy lee is still fighting him. The moral is, keep at it and maybe you’ll one day find yourself some thirty years later a big hit too. And just think Jammy lee just won her first Oscar after some thirty years.

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Anthony Reed
Bill Freeman Jr.
New comment 12d ago

Forgot to post a photo of my set up.....Duh! So here it is. Like I say she may not be the prom queen but for now she gets the job done. And yes I stand up. When I started They started us standing up. the thinking was the you get a better range from you voice. Just in case your wondering there's a folded thick towel under it and two thick towels over it and behind it. My thinking was create an area that stops as much sound as passable. There is my Kindle standing up where I copy what I need to read. My lap top in open three drawers down. so the fan doesn't interfere with the sound. And the mic is set near the side and slightly sideways. so I have to talk toward the side and back of the box. you can see my headphones on top of the box, so I don't have to look all over when I start to lesion to my recording. the test3 recording I hit it with ns1 wave. Amp. Eq, presets total time 20 minutes. This was because I set and saved my presets. I want to get my time down on editing my work. preset are the way to go.

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LaTonya Harrison
Bill Freeman Jr.
Earl Hall
New comment 13d ago
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    @LaTonya Harrison Thank you, But in editing I try to us eq. to bring my voice down to where I like it. And that's just a sniped of the whole read. I revamped it, the feel and tone of it sounded too stiff and dry to me. 😑

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    @Earl Hall Remember in sat AmA I struggled with that read until it hit me that I was struggling because I was trying to sound like other vo. people. So I haven posted the one I like because I'm using it to learn not to over edited it. That's one thing I was doing with the test.I'll post the new one Monday.

Yesterday I got a call from a friend, she has a grandson who thinks he wants to be a voice over artiest. So since she knows I'm work on being one she called me. She started talking about how they goggled voice overs. And found about six tons of information. And started asking me lots and lots of questions. I sat as she asked them. She can be as stubborn as me so she didn't like the answer I keep giving her. Earl Hall. Why are you asking all these questions When I tell you the answer is Earl Hall. Go and look at his videos. And I'll tell you right now, Only his videos, because you know just enough to look at tons of videos until you end up watching cat videos. Because you'll become confused and lose in the million and as half different ways to become a voice over artist. Your tiring to help him, but you can't. Her: But how does he keep from being scammed? Me: Earl Hall. Her: But,.. Me stopping her.: The answer is going to be the same, Earl Hall. But since you're not hearing me.I started telling her a long list of things she had no clue about. And the last on that list was telling her they were going to be as lost as a bitty in the weeds. So now are you hearing me? And You will not be able to explain two things I things I told you to him. So stop fighting and you two set your butts down and watch Earl Halls videos. Now that's the last thing we need to talk about until he goes and look at Earl. And show up on his live pod cast next Friday. So What are you two doing this weekend? (we got it like that.) Were end she told me she was confused and need to get off the phone. Me: Cool I still love you talk with you later, bye! For people who want to take the blue pill thinking it's the instant answer to all their questions, They need to talk with the oracle who's going to ask them the question are you really serious or just shopping. I think that's the last time we'll have at conversation. But until her grand son is willing to put back stage Grand mom in the audience while he stumbles blindly looking for the answers. No need to go any farther. (guess Eal has rubbed off on me) 🤣

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Michael Ray
Bill Freeman Jr.
New comment 14d ago
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    @Michael Ray when I was a customer service rep or a shipping co. You'd get tons of calls. "I don't know anything, what do I need to do?" After you start to tell them, they: "I'd think..." I'd stop them You said you don't know anything. So any thought you'd have about it will more then likely be wrong. So let's just go with what I tell you. Sometimes they would hang up and call back hopping to get someone who would do what they want. No skin off of me if you want to go round and round with what you want to do.

Today is round two Sent out 40 email of introduction this morning lets see what happens. Also I thought while I was at it. look up publishing houses in the valley. And start a list for them. I need to do some research on small book publishing companies since I know zip about that business.

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LaTonya Harrison
New comment 14d ago

You might want to buy an external hard drive and save your work to it,...just in case you have a computer brake down I have a 1Tb Toshiba I got it back in 2020 cheap for 49.00. And if you have old hard drives you can get the connections to turn them into external hard drives (done that too). With your backed up work(that includes you presets) you can save time once you get a new one or get the one you have back up and running.

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Michael Ray
Bill Freeman Jr.
New comment 15d ago
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    @Michael Ray I Started when I had a laptop crash with all my photo work on it. Learn a lesson that day. And even with it backed up on the cloud,... over thinking. What if their servers go down. Beside the 1 tb extoranal hard drive is so small I can carry it with me.

Do you prioritize your time? I started by working on getting to know my DAW better from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. I trun off my phone, turn off notifications on my laptop and Kindle fire. And keep my door closed. I let everyone know I'm out of pocket at that time. I also do it the afternoons while practicing my reads. Most people know that on Saturdays I have a zoom meeting.They can call but I'm not going to talk with them.

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Michael Ray
Bill Freeman Jr.
New comment 16d ago
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    @Michael Ray Can you remember how you were three months ago. As to where you are now, that change comes so fast.

Want to pass me on the leader board( please do. it's cold up here.) one tip you need to do all of your videos in the classroom. And make one or two, three would be best, comments more then me. And bingo you pass me up. And I will not hate on you. But you will have to live with Road Runner comments from me.🤣🤣🤣

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Michael Ray
New comment 16d ago

Sent off the first ten emails to production co. Haven't hear from nine of them yet. But one did come back. undelivered, doubled checked the email address,and called the number disconnected. Oh well there's still about 99 more to go.

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#Live Zoom AMA 03.04.23 In the beginning we all start at zero! And... we need to be consistent to grow! We need to put in the work and take action! Doing an outreach.. do you have fear of rejection? Yes, I do.. and yet... (I'm telling myself) don't let that stop you... keep pushing forward!

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Bill Freeman Jr.
Ralph Toles
New comment 17d ago
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    @Ralph Toles that it does. I called my oldest friend and reminded him of that time. His words, "You had gotten so out of control meeting women in the clubs. We just knew one day one of them was going to shoot you." 🤣 🤣 But your right it does teach us a lessons.😉

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    @Ralph Toles I can agree with that. It can be a fine line between the two.

Ho I forgot, they sound better with headphones on.😏 just saying.

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I was looking at you tube for some circus music to work on adding it to my reads. And like a lot of time I got carried away. I don't know if this is royalty free so it strictly for in house use. I used my phone to recorded it. Did my Mp4a to Mp3 conversion. And then started playing with it on Audacity. The first one is the normal version. No.2 is after I played with it I had to fight my urge to over process it. It's a habit from process my photo work where I like to push the colors on a lot of my work there. Since I had worked the script contest this month. Let's do this, can you tell me how I did the second one.😉

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2nd week in on the "Voiceover Domination" course, I had no idea how much I didn't know, and we're just getting started! I'm overwhelmed but getting "unstuck" in so many areas. Thank you for the outstanding guidance!

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Bill Freeman Jr.
Ralph Toles
New comment 17d ago
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    congrats! I'm not in there but I know that feeling of see just how much you don't know. Being uncomfortable but seeing the creative side come out. Never ever lose that feeling. Remember one day you asked something about does anyone wake up in the middle of the night thinking about this or that?... Yes! I've done it. Here's a tip, when you start thinking about something and Earl talks about it without you asking. Then you are getting unstuck, your in the creative mode. Like I said , never ever lose it. I'm so envious of you guys. I want to be there with you all, But I'm not mentally ready just yet. Grind on.

It may not be pretty , but for now it works. also here's a simple that I use while learning how to use my DAW better. You can't hear it but there's a fan running on the floor. And so far I' loving my factory presets.

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When life knocks you down and tells you to stay there. Whisper back; you'll never the boss of me. While you're getting up.

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Earl Hall
Bill Freeman Jr.
Anthony Reed
Ralph Toles
New comment 18d ago
  • 2 likes • 21d

    @Earl Hall For the most part I've lived it. I've been knock down so many times I've learn to like the taste of dirt. But what I've learned is the only real time you lose is when you give in. And Over the past week I've Started setting up my web page. Getting all the names and email addresses to send out. And learned G-mail's mail marge.

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    @Anthony Reed Anytime.

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At present I not working after a Stroke that has left me left side not fully functioning. So, this my next step in relearning things.

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