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OVERLOAD!!

When I said there was almost too much information out there, I wasn’t kidding folks.  Between books I’ve downloaded to listen to, free webinars, sites with tutorials, SEO marketing help videos and the suggestions from my domain hosting company….there is just so much!

One thing I have yet to find is a tutorial on mastering/editing my tracks on Audacity.  Yes, I’ve read the manual, virtual cover to virtual cover, a couple of times but that just tells me where to go to use the tools in that program.  Gain, attack time, release time, compression, filters and at least a hundred other terms that I need to know are a total mystery to me.  I can look up each of the terms individually, but even then, these ‘definitions’ assume you know what these things are.  I need something like this:  Compression is the act of blah blah blah on an audio track.  Things that need to be set for compression are attack time, release time, blah blah blah.  If your attack time is too (short?) your audio will sound like (ummmmm).

I just need to know what these settings are supposed to do and what difference they make in sound, and maybe even a good place to start for my own tracks.  Yeah, I am a total newbie when it comes to mastering/editing tracks but this is something I need to learn to do and need to learn fast.  I’m finding some help on a blog I found last night but I still need more.

I have to learn how to get, and then keep, my site high in the Google search engines.

I have a long time family friend, Jack, working on an idea that cropped up last night for my logo.  It’s a tall order I sent him this morning, but once he finishes, that will be one large portion of worry off my plate.

Then it’s cover letters on Fiverr, proposals on Upwork, mining Craigslist and about a thousand other places to look for work.  I’m in for the long haul, but it’s going to be longer than I imagined it would.  I had no delusions that this was some get rich quick scheme, I knew it would take a lot of work, but I was totally unprepared for all the things I’ve been hit with since starting this.  I’ll figure it out, I always do. 🙂

I’m open to any suggestions as well……I have an open mind and a closed mouth, unless I’m behind the mic.  Here’s to another day of soaking up information!

 

 

There is so much…

There is so much information out there right now.  Almost too much to absorb.  I’ve listened to ‘More Than Just A Voice: The Real Secret to Voiceover Success‘ by Dave Courvoisier so many times I could almost record the book from memory at this point.  Dave puts out the down and dirty facts of running a VO business, and when I say down and dirty, I mean there is NO sugar coating on it at all.  I appreciate his candor and it’s a huge reason why I’ve listened to the book so many times and will continue to do so.  Every time I listen, I catch something I didn’t catch before.  He gives you resources, TRUTHFUL numbers, he’s not afraid to tell you that this is going to be HARD WORK and that this isn’t a ‘get rich quick scheme’ where you can start making six figures overnight.  He tells you several times in the book if you email him, he will send you a PDF of all the links from his book.  I did, and he did.  That document is GOLDEN my friends!  Dave has his own blog where he shares tips, tricks and TRUTHS about this wonderful business.  You can find it here.   Through him, I’ve come across videos from Bill Dewees on YouTube.  Over 450 videos to help you on your way. Those can be found here.  I turn the videos on and listen while I’m doing everything from playing Xbox to doing laundry.  Over and over again.

Both of these men have been amazingly helpful to me, whether they know it or not.

No matter how many other places I find information, I keep coming back to Dave’s book.  It’s a gold mine!  Nonetheless, there is still SO MUCH information out there.  I’m doing my best to sift through it and absorb everything I can.

I’ve been focusing on Bill’s videos on home studio the last day or so and I’ve realized that while I have a very understanding family that will leave if I say I need to record, that is nothing next to having a space. Not necessarily a whisper room like Bill has, but just a space.  Things are a bit cramped at home right now and I don’t have a set space for my work.  I set up a mic stand with my PVC pipe when I need to record.  I tell the family I need to do some recording and the next time I turn around, they’re gone.  I don’t mean hiding quietly in their rooms, I mean the car’s gone!  They left!  They have no idea how grateful I am for that.  So now, as I make more and more contacts for work, I have to figure out a way to move SOMETHING in the house to make a space.  No clue what that’s going to be, but I’m sure I’ll be listening to a video by Bill Dewees or Dave’s book again when I do it.

Until next time, have a wonderful week!