Voiceovers And New York – The Not Silent Blog 6/2/20

I love New York.

It’s cliche but it’s true. Not because of the hustle or the “city that never sleeps” stuff. I love the food, the skyline, the grid layout, the history, the food, and the architecture. Did I mention the food?

I also love New York because of the pandemic. Not the pandemic itself obviously, but the reaction to the pandemic. As an example, my wife and I took a walk in Central Park this past Sunday to get out of the house and in the words of Billy Joel, “forget about life for a while”. It was a perfect day weather-wise and about 80%-90% of everyone we saw either had a mask on or had one on-hand and EVERYONE was social distancing. BTW the park was bustling with activity and in the hour+ that we were there not once did I notice anyone behaving irresponsibly. Oh, and turtles.

Since it was such a nice day we decided to walk home from Central Park, which is about a 40 block trek. On the way home we picked up some lunch and had a really nice stroll. We took mental notes of the restaurants we’d like to try. Empanada Mama, you have been warned.

As we walked through Columbus Circle, there were a lot of cops hanging out. I’m talking like 20+ cops. Then we saw Trump International Hotel and all the barricades and thought, oh yeah well of course. Things are going to get interesting around here in a few hours.

A couple of blocks from home, we also noticed that the streets on both sides of our neighborhood police precinct were blocked off and there were a fair amount of police. That’s when we realized they’re protecting their precinct since one was burned down in Minneapolis. Yikes.

Last night our neighborhood was quiet save for the occasional police car and low-flying helicopter. We’re thankful that our neighborhood is safe and there was no loss of life last night due to the protests.

TIP OF THE WEEK

If you live in New York (or anywhere else, for that matter) love and support your community. Look out for your neighbors and keep your eyes open for injustices and troublemakers. Keep doing your voiceover auditions, keep training, keep booking, and keep on keepin’ on. 🙂

NEWS AND NOTES

Thursday, June 4th @8PM EST: My next Edge Studio Business and Money 201 webinar will be ‘Managing Your Money’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about what to do with your paycheck and how to manage your finances, credit cards, taxes, insurance, and retirement. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Click here to sign up.

Thursday, June 18th @8PM EST: My next Edge Studio Marketing 201 webinar will be ‘Thriving in a Smaller Market City’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about how to build a successful voiceover business without living in a metropolitan area. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Click here to sign up.

Thursday, June 25th @3PM EDT: Johnny Heller’s SPLENDIFEROUS WEBINAR #4 (BUSINESS/MARKETING). In this webinar, the indubitable Johnny Heller hosts me, Karen Commins, and Kelsey Navarro in a conversation about the business and marketing side of audiobooks. Click here to learn more and sign up!

HAPPY HAPPYS

Happy Rotisserie Chicken Day and Audio Book Month!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Tom Dheere is a voice actor who has narrated thousands of projects for hundreds of clients in over a dozen countries. He is also a voiceover business & marketing consultant known as the VOStrategist and produces the comic book “Agent 1.22”. You can subscribe to his weekly blog and the monthly VO Strategist Learnin’ Stuff Notice here.

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