So, strange things have been happening with the voice thing. Paul and I had lunch the other day, and discussed the Very Real Need for a true Business Plan. It is, after all, what I would recommend to any client in my shoes.* I jotted down some notes.
When I get back to my office, I see that Voices.com has just come out with a full Business Plan kit for the voiceover professional. The timing is absolutely bizarre. Even freakier... although I often poke at other voice actors' sites for ideas, there was exactly ONE voice actor whom I'd bookmarked-- I found his site when I was researching rates, and was very impressed with his work and his marketing. I even stole his rate card (OK, I didn't steal it... but I did model my rate structure on his).
The big testimonial underneath the banner headline for the Business Plan? Yup, his. Seriously, what are the odds? He is the ONLY voice actor whose name I'd even vaguely recognize, and I didn't even know he used Voices.com!
I can take a hint. I paid my $50. I start looking through my email, and see that I got a note from Voices.com while I was at lunch, offering me the Business Plan free when I pay for an annual subscription. It's a tremendous deal. I've put in a call to their offices to see if they can refund the $50 or take it off the price of the annual subscription. After all, it's already paid for itself.
And then last night, I couldn't sleep a wink, so I spent some time working on my website. I want to add a podcast eventually... so, knowing nothing about podcasting, I decided to take a peek at Voices.com's own podcasts.
It's 4:30 in the morning-- a surreal time of day to begin with. This week's podcast is from the guy who did my demo. And the marketing statistics he's quoting? Um, I gave him those.
Now, what are the odds of THAT?! I've never even looked at podcasts before!
Meanwhile, I'm looking for a crash course on Adobe Audition, and find this one I think I like... next thing I know, I've stumbled across a company that has the first several episodes available for download. And then I discover that instead of paying $100 for a single course, I can access that course, and as many additional courses I want to for just $25/month. Including one I need on the basics of audio theory and another on Dreamweaver MX. And then I discover that I can get a week of access (which is all I'd need) absolutely FREE.
I swear, my life couldn't get more surreal if Charlie Kaufman wrote it and David Lynch directed.
Thank you, Universe :) It's nice to know I'm on the Right Track.
I desperately need sleeps. I will catch up with comments soonishly. Everything's just going so fast...
* Why are my clients wearing my shoes?!