Yeah, I Know

Been working on Advertising Week Europe and haven’t had much time to write of late. Really excited about being over in London again. Love it there. And this has been a great project. The people we’re working with are just fabulous. But I do have a prodigious list of voiceover topics to cover once I come up for air. In the meantime, here’s me and my kids dancing to Foster The...

Saying Goodbye To A Friend

As I mentioned last week, we lost a dear friend, Steve Forsyth. The memorial was yesterday. Heavy hearts for sure, but also a chance to share the good things (and there are too many to count) that he did in his all-too-short time in this life. The important reminder in a day like this? Live your life with everything you’ve got. Mean it. Say “I love you.” Don’t put off that note to a friend. Smile. Share. Give. Be the beautiful person you are. Every day. You may not have known Steve, but I assure you, you would have loved him. Just like everyone else he...

Selling Out With VO Spots? Hardly

I’ve had the concept in my noggin for awhile. It’s been bouncing around until I finally just decided that it was time to pull the trigger on this thing. I’m doing radio spots to market my voice work here in Portland. And I shall proudly and shamelessly promote these bad boys. I’ve heard some people say that this type of advertising for voice work is akin to “selling out.” It’s not. It’s “selling.” I’m also running banners on adland.tv and ads on LinkedIn. Make no mistake, this is not a substitution for good ‘ol networking and hitting the digital pavement. Rather, it is meant to be in addition to it. And it’s also an experiment of sorts. And I’m happy to share how it all goes if you’d like. What are my expectations? At this point, I’m looking build awareness. I’m trying to be pretty strategic about it and putting my stuff in unexpected places. I want people to hear the signal, not more noise. I do want to book gigs, of course. But there is something bigger going on here and more long-term. “But you’re going to be on radio. How could that possibly work?” you ask. Again, the strategic piece of the equation will hopefully work. I’m on a slightly younger-skewing alternative station in Portland. I’m not really expecting to get loads of people reaching out to me. But the “right” people very well may hear it. When I say “younger,” I also mean: video producers, audio producers, creatives — the folks that listen to the station while they are in their agencies or studios doing any...

My Favorite Trees This Time of Year

On SW Horizon Blvd. in Beaverton, the blossoms are out. This is my favorite time of year (aside from tax season) and this little stretch of road between Scholls Ferry and Barrows has some of the most stunning shows nature has to offer. If you’re headed to Cinetopia or Big Al’s, make sure you take this little drive before the wind blows them all...