Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sunday SideLines: I Heart JJ's Chutzpah

I Heart JJ's Chutzpah

I know, right? Of all people; an American family court judge.

I affectionately call her, "JJ". She doesn’t know this yet, but that's okay.

I think I'm drawn to her moxy.

She's got that "I am woman, hear me roar" thing goin' on.

It's a little scary, but it's effective.

It makes watching her wise adjudication in the courtroom quite fascinating.

I also confess to living vicariously through her chutzpah (supreme self-confidence).

Oh, and anyone who writes a book called: "Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining" 

...has got my vote.

JJ’s so cool.

*And a hearty shout-out to her show's current Voice-Over Talent: Jerry Bishop!*

Who do live vicariously through?

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday SideLines: Holing-up


Do you have a "cave"?

I do. I’m a bit of a "cave-dweller".

I mean, it’s not as exciting as a hollow in a cliff or a hillside.

(…and I’ve always wanted one of those, just for fun.)

No, my particular ‘grotto’ is my home recording studio.

And yes, I can be found holing-up inside of it on a daily basis.

But I do take breaks.

And I enjoy every second of them.

But, I love my "cave".

And guess what?

I just found-out there's a  Caveman Power Diet  so I can stay strong + healthy in my 

What's your "cave"?

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sunday SideLines: Iron Sharpens Iron

Iron Sharpens Iron 

You are iron. I am iron.

We are good to each other.

We listen to each other.

We learn from each other.

We inspire each other.

We encourage and edify each other.

We admonish and exhort each other.

We care about each other, so we build each other up.

We restore each other.

We are more effective because…

You sharpen me, I sharpen you.

What do you think? 
I value your comments.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

A 2014 That POPS!

Okay, I admit it. January 1st hit and I found myself knee-deep in goals for 2014; making them and meeting them. So when I had a chance to tuck-into one of Terry Daniel’s 'Introspection' blogs:  ‘Let’s Rock The Mic in 2014!' I found his four beneficial P.O.P.S. to be exactly what I needed; smart goals that lead to a 2014 that pops! And because I wholeheartedly agreed with his list and was optimistic about it as well, I actually set-out to check myself with it. When you have a chance to read it, I bet you’ll agree that his short and concise initiatives make sense (…and I so love the P.O.P.S. acronym.) Yep, he’s getting a Debby Barnes Voice-Over Rah-Rah! right now.

A quick FYI: Terry’s known as a dependable voice actor, instructor, speaker and social media marketing expert. And he has an impressive VO career history as well. He’s also becoming one of the most recognized voice talents in the industry. And his 'jottings from a voice-over artist and free thinker' posts are always read with great interest. I first got to ‘know’ him through one of his talented partners: Voice Over Club (Training and Resources for Voice Over Artists). Note: You’ll find a truckload of excellent material through this site and I can’t recommend it highly enough. He seems to 'pay it forward' by making a priority out of helping to build-up others' VO careers through the sound teaching he offers.

But, back to his article. One of the most prudent things he reminds us to do is: "Look at January 1st the same that you would the first of any month." I liked this. I got an immediate sense that he was trying to woo us out-of the interminable January dread. In essence, he was replacing our do or die/now or never mentality with a  ‘keep on keeping on’ mantra. And this felt like a healthier resolve to me. (We can all use this kind of determination to stay on course.)

He uses the rest of his blog to pump us up with activities that help us to press-in and press-on. He touches on the importance of things like, forecasting our VO business, budgeting wisely, networking regularly, marketing effectively, using ample preparation time and staying current within the field. And though these initiatives require drive and determination, we won’t get anywhere without them; as he reminds us…

…“Keep that passionate drive! Do not allow the change of date to change your pace and focus.”

So after effectually cheering us into 2014, you can understand why I’m eager to praise and cheer him on. Rah-Rah! Terry. Onward ho!

Check him out here: Terry Daniel

And don't forget the VO Club: The Voice Over Club 

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Sunday SideLines: Aha! Moments

Aha! Moments

You know the ones.

When the penny drops.

You get a brilliant idea.

The ‘mental curtains’ are pulled back.

You see it, and you truly understand what you’re looking at.

And you get it.

I LOVE these moments.

My SideLines + Voice-Over Rah-Rah's were an Aha! moment for me.

Tell me one of yours.