Rick Arseneault Voice Overs

Freelance Voice Over Services based in Moncton, Canada.

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Careers, hobbies, and knowing the difference

Here’s a post from Matt Forrest that offers some good advice on how you should view your VO activity. Made me ask some questions about what I do myself.

Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme

My baby! I know several people who record voiceovers from home. They don’t consider themselves professional voice actors and don’t have professional soundproof studios. They’re not bad at what they do, but will doubtful end up voicing the trailer for the next Transformers movie. They record local radio commercials here and there, perhaps a phone greeting now and then, and that’s it.

And they’re happy with that. To them, it’s not a career; it’s a hobby, a past-time, a side gig.

That’s fine.

Others I know love writing children’s stories. They write and write and write, but don’t spend much time revising, editing, or learning how to write.  They might send a manuscript out to a publisher once or twice; when the rejection note comes back, they don’t send anything else out for the rest of the year.

And they’re happy with that. To them, it’s a hobby, a diversion, a creative…

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George Stroumboulopoulos – From Much Music VJ to Interviewer of Icons: The Story of Canada’s Most Unlikely Broadcaster – Broadcasting Canada – Celebrating the voices of our nation

I’ve always been impressed with this guy and the work that he’s done. As he’s gotten older and as have I, I appreciate his work more.
After hearing more of his story in the interview audio, I even envy him now.

He’s been very fortunate and the breaks he’s gotten in his line or work are interesting stories in themselves. He refers to them as “breaks from the algorithm”.
He was asked if he had any regrets. He says he had tons. It made me think of one definite regret I have. Of not following a path in some form of broadcasting earlier in life.

Some good advice in there for that teenager looking at going on to post secondary education or currently in it.

Have a listen to the interview with “Strombo”. I’m sure it’ll impress you as much as it did me.

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