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Voiceovers And Quotes – The Not Silent Blog 6/23/20

I love quotes. Like, I really love them.

I’ve put a Quote of the Week in every blog entry since its inception in 2008. I find it fascinating that a concept can be crystallized into a couple of words that could potentially change your life. Here’s the quote that changed mine…

I couldn’t wait for success so I went ahead without it. Jonathan Winters

It’s the foundation of my entire voiceover career.

Anyway, recently I read the book Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by Garson O’Toole. Quotes you have heard your entire life were researched meticulously by Quote Investigator (QI) to determine if the attributions are accurate. So, did they really say what we think they said…?

Every quote in the book was either recycled or the attribution was wrong. Here are a few examples…

  1. Life is what happens when you’re making other plans. John Lennon (Allen Saunders said it first)

  2. Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded. Yogi Berra (that joke has been circulating since 1882)

  3. With great power comes great responsibility. Spider-Man (first used in 1854)


I have a HUGE list of quotes that I’ve accumulated over the years, around 200+. When I post a Quote of the Week, it’s always random. Each week I just copy & paste whatever’s next on the list with no regard to its relevance to the blog’s subject.

In the spirit of everything that’s been going on in our lives for the past month or so, here is a selection of quotes I think are appropriate. Enjoy!


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!

Thursday, July 9th @8PM EDT: My next Edge Studio Business and Money 201 webinar will be ‘Rates, Negotiating, and Billing’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about how to building a Rate Sheet, negotiating with voice seekers, and invoicing. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Registration link coming soon!

Thursday, July 23rd @8PM EDT: My next Edge Studio Marketing 201 webinar will be ‘4 Words That Will Kill Your Marketing’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about how most voice actors are their own worst enemy and how to stop the cycle. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Registration link coming soon!



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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