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A VO's Journey is about helping new voiceover artists grow their business by listening to my journey to becoming a full-time voice actor. I have been an actor, coach, director, and teacher for over 20 years. I started two years ago in the voice-over industry and wanted to create a way to document my journey so other voice over actors could benefit from it. Voiceover is now my life, and I love every moment of it.
 
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A VO's Padded Room

Christopher "Big Jim" Lamance

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HERE is where we navigate through the world of voice over, and reveal the crazy life of a voice actor! Come hang out in A VO's padded room with us, Big Jim and Brad Storm, as we tighten up the straps on our straitjackets. The episodes will feature wild and crazy guests, and dive into the live's of a working voice actor. One of the major things that makes this unique is our gameshow. That's right gameshow! A Vo's Padded Improv is where we challenge our guests with fun and wacky ways of readin ...
 
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Using Paid Advertising To Grow Your Business. In today's episode, I talk about my goals for 2022 and how I am using paid advertising to get there. - Special offer to A VO’S JOURNEY ELITE ACADEMY here: https://www.avosjourney.com/a-vos-journey-elite Learn more about my MAKE $20K ON FIVERR FOR VOICE OVER: https://www.avosjourney.com/how-to-make-20k-o…
 
Where I Am Now And The Studio I Never Expected These last few weeks have been pretty crazy. We sold our home and bought 12 acres so my wife and I could start a horse business (Technically her) and we had to buy a property that needed work in order to afford it. Because of this, we are renovating the home right now so we are staying with friends. We…
 
I Am In Fiverr Purgatory I have always said ... "Fiverr giveth, and Fiverr taketh away". Today I find myself in Fiverr Purgatory and in this episode, I share with you why I am being punished. - Special offer to A VO’S JOURNEY ELITE ACADEMY here: https://www.avosjourney.com/a-vos-journey-elite Also, please make sure you message me if you are interes…
 
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN....It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with Professional Ring Announcer Extraordinaire Joe Martinez!!! First things first, I want to give a HUGE shoutout to Joe for sitting down with us and having some fun. This interview covers so many different aspects of being a ring …
 
I'm MOVING and So Is My VO Business Wow, I am scared out of my mind and super excited at the same time. My wife and I finally got everything squared away and we are now moving out of our home by the 9th of December so a new place. - Special offer to A VO’S JOURNEY ELITE ACADEMY here: https://www.avosjourney.com/offers/svaEbU5A/checkout However, the…
 
It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys look back at all the hilarity that transpired throughout the last 14 episodes. We kick things off with Scott Walton doing a biker/cowboy SpongeBob! David Moxley reads a Dodge Ram commercial script as a valley girl! Roland Wiley breaks out his best voice discussing erectil…
 
Why Does LinkedIn Hate Voice Actors In this episode, I discuss how LinkedIn has made their "LinkedIn Services" page live and is offering over 250 services ... however, VOICE ACTING IS NOT ONE OF THEM!!!! Ugh LinkedIn, why? - Learn more about joining A VO’S JOURNEY ELITE ACADEMY here: https://www.avosjourney.com/a-vos-journey-elite Anyways, we talk …
 
It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with video game voice over specialist "The Tattoo VO" Dee Alvis! It's been a minute since the guys were back in the padded room, but they don't miss a beat as they go back in time with Dee to talk about his days watching The George Michael Sports Machine a…
 
The Big Secret To My Voice Over Success Man, it is crazy that we have hit 226 episodes of A VO's Journey Podcast. Thank you all so much for being a part of the family. I thought today would be a great day to talk about the BIG SECRET to my voice-over success. So much of what we discuss is tactics and tips/tricks to getting things done, etc., that w…
 
Trends Are Your Friends In our line of work, voice-over can seem to be all about the acting. But the reality is, you have to get in front of people for them to see your acting. - Learn more about joining A VO’S JOURNEY ELITE ACADEMY here: https://www.avosjourney.com/a-vos-journey-elite So, I thought I would discuss the power of using trends to get …
 
Interview With The CEO Of VOQUENT - Miles Chicoine In today's podcast, Miles and I talk about the state of the VO industry, how you can capitalize on it, and all of the crazy opportunities and confusion going on right now. - 50% Off Your First Month Joining The Academy - Click Here Also, we go over the new videos that Voquent has put out as well as…
 
It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with The Queen of eLearning Susan Fouche! Time to go back to the past as Susan talks about growing up with a mic in her hand. She truly loved entertaining, but her life's trajectory would steer her in another direction. Susan talks about taking the leap fr…
 
The Voice Over Challenge Of The Century I don't often have the guts to do a marketing challenge anymore, but I am thrilled to get my wings up and running for the biggest one yet. Why not? - Learn more about joining A VO’S JOURNEY ELITE ACADEMY here: https://www.avosjourney.com/a-vos-journey-elite In this challenge, I pose 3 different marketing chal…
 
Backstage BUYS Voice123 Holy Moly! Backstage has purchased Voice123 and in our industry, this doesn't happen very much. In fact, Voice123 was the first P2P company to be created and now is owned by Backstage. - Learn more about joining A VO’S JOURNEY ELITE ACADEMY here: https://www.avosjourney.com/a-vos-journey-elite This is massive news for me bec…
 
How To Come Up With The Perfect Voice Over Business Name I love this topic for many reasons, but mostly because I have never spoken about this topic before (or at least I think I haven't). Learn more about joining A VO’S JOURNEY ELITE ACADEMY here: https://www.avosjourney.com/a-vos-journey-elite Either way, in this podcast episode I talk to you abo…
 
Use Storytelling To Be A Better Voice Actor In this episode, I talk about storytelling and how it applies to us as voice actors. We voice such a wide ranch of projects that understanding multiple storytelling techniques are vital to our success. - Learn more about joining A VO’S JOURNEY ELITE ACADEMY here: https://www.avosjourney.com/a-vos-journey-…
 
SUPER EXCITING VOICEOVER NEWS I am so thrilled to announce the creation of the "A VO's JOURNEY ELITE ACADEMY". This is going to be a wonderful opportunity for all of us to come together and grow as a community, not just by ourselves. In this podcast, I speak about the exciting news and all the ins and outs. Check out the link here to learn more: ht…
 
The Future Of A VO's Journey I am super excited to be speaking about the future of A VO's Journey in this episode of the podcast. Learn more about joining A VO's Journey Elite Here: https://www.avosjourney.com/a-vos-journey-elite There are so many wonderful things happening that I wanted to share them all with you. Multiple announcements are being …
 
It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with the CEO of Sunergy Studios Monique Tanguay! We travel way back in time to Monique's early years as we discuss her time as a munchkin, Santa Claus and so much more! Monique talks about the hustle of living in Toronto trying to find acting roles in a ve…
 
Incredible Interview With Voice123 CEO Rolf Veldman In this episode, I speak with the CEO of Voice123 on a variety of topics, including A.I., how to get work on Voice123, and much more. Don't miss it. Here is the link to the article: https://voice123.com/thebooth/the-state-of-ai-voices-report/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=direct&utm_campaign=ai-re…
 
Voice123 and A.I. Voices New Report Voice123 just released a new report on A.I. voices in the industry based on an almost 2 year study. Here is the link to the article: https://voice123.com/thebooth/the-state-of-ai-voices-report/?utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=direct&utm_campaign=ai-report-21&utm_content=a-vos-journey In this episode, I share with y…
 
Say it isn't so!!!!!! Big Jim and Brad Storm broke away from the padded room for a couple of months, but they have come back with a vengeance and one hell of a guest in Charlie Toro!! Charlie puts on his blue suede shoes and talks about how his love for both voice over and music came to be. Charlie talks about his early years in the band Fleshy Hea…
 
Focus Is Your Greatest Asset Or Your Worst Enemy I work with a lot of people and the challenge that they all face, including myself, is focusing consistently, and focusing on the right things. Learn more about my MAKE $20K ON FIVERR FOR VOICE OVER: https://www.avosjourney.com/how-to-make-20k-on-fiverr-for-voice-over This episode is about focusing o…
 
My Wife Joins The Voice Over Game Super excited to welcome my wife to the voice over game. She is leaving her job in the next week and we made her first demo last night. It is a simple Elearning demo but a great way for her to get started. - Learn more about ACX: A BEGINNERS GUIDE Here: https://www.avosjourney.com/ACX%20-%20A%20Complete%20Guide%20F…
 
I AM MOVING & SPEAKING AT ONE VOICE VOICEOVER CONFERENCE That's right, I am moving my voice over business. It sounds so ominous but I am really only moving 25 miles away, however, with the whisperroom and equipment, and the 6-8 months in between moves, it seems a little scary. In this episode, I talk about my move and I will be speaking at the Onev…
 
You Are Probably Wasting 80% Of Your Time In Voice Over I have always been a fan of the 80 - 20 rule. The idea is 80% of results come from 20% of the actions. This rule applies to so many things including voice over. - Learn more about my UPWORK 101 COURSE: HOW TO MAKE YOUR FIRST $1000 here: https://www.avosjourney.com/sales-page-ef8f5d7a-c339-4745…
 
You Must Ask These Voice Over Questions To Be Successful The old saying goes, "If you ask the right questions, you'll be successful." The challenge we run into is ... "What are the right questions?" Check out my Fiverr Course, "How To Make $20K On Fiverr" here: https://www.avosjourney.com/how-to-make-20k-on-fiverr-for-voice-over I talk to you in th…
 
A Major Shift In The Voice Over Industry Lately, I have been seeing a major shift in what people are asking for in their voice overs. I have been doing more work lately and I feel like there is a major shift happening right now because of A.I. Our work is not going away, it is just changing. I see more and more clients asking for work that has a mo…
 
Running Google Ads For The New Voice Over Agency Thank you for your wonderful support over the last podcast regarding the new voice over agency. It is so exciting to be able to document this journey and bring it to you. In this episode, I talk more about the agency and starting to work on driving traffic and eventually business to my voice over web…
 
A New Voice Over Agency Is Born It has long been a desire of mine to start my own voice over agency. I think the reason has always been because voice actors really need a chance to be connected with people and collectively, we can do that better than we can by ourselves. So, in A VO's Journey Elite, we are starting a new journey together. We are st…
 
J. Michael Collins Interview On Voice Over Industry It was an honor to interview J. Michael Collins for A VO's Journey Podcast. This man seems to have his fingers in everything and I am super thrilled he took time out of his busy schedule to speak with us. You can find out more about J. Michael Collins here: https://www.jmcvoiceover.com/ In this ep…
 
The SECRET To Getting More Voice Over Business Wouldn't it be nice to have the secret formula to get all the voice over business you could handle? What if I told you that I have the secret ... would you believe me? Well, I do have a secret, although most people don't like it. I think that is the truth with most businesses. The secret is not really …
 
Gabrielle Nistico Voiceover Vixen Interview In this episode, I talk with voice over talent and coach Gabrielle Nistico. Thank you, Gabby for being on the show and lending your time and wisdom to the VO's Journey community. The best thing about speaking with experienced professionals like Gabby is the sheer amount of knowledge and advice they bring …
 
David Ciccarelli Interview CEO of Voices.com It was a real pleasure to pull back the curtain of Voices.com and get a real insight into the business. Also, David was very open about best practices to get you work on the platform. David gave some exciting news regarding things coming up in the next few months on Voices, included expanding their offer…
 
It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with A Vo's Journey Founder and Top Rated Fiverr Seller/Coach Anthony Pica! If you've listened to Anthony Pica's voiceover journey through his podcast, you know all about the hobo forts, USB mics, and the endless sleepless nights. However, you probably don…
 
Promos and Trailers with Brent Allen Hagel Interview This was such a fun interview. Brent is a professional and scholar that cares about helping the voice over industry. Not only is he a talent, but he is also giving of his time and knowledge. This interview is a must for anyone looking to grow their voice over business in the promo and trailer fie…
 
Julie Wilson and Dan Zitt Interview From Penguin Random House Audio and Ahab Talent I am super thrilled to bring you episode #202 of A VO's Journey Podcast. Today, I interviewed Julie Wilson, Senior Manager of Digital Production Platforms at Penguin Random House Audio, and Dan Zitt, SVP of Content Creation at Penguin. We talk about their newly reva…
 
It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with the CEO of JLJ Media James Lott Jr! James Lott Jr. takes us back to his childhood, where he came into the world on Mothers Day. James has a big family and he shares with us difficult times that taught him valuable lessons at a very young age. James Lo…
 
Don Baarns And Donny Baarns Interview On The Future Of Voice Over It is an honor to have interviewed to men that have played such a pivotal role in the voice over industry, especially for most of us using RX8. This father-son team is a real class act and I am super excited for you to hear us discuss all manner of things regarded voice over like: Ba…
 
Looking Back At The Journey - Or Not? It has been a wild ride so far and I want to thank everyone for their amazing support of A VO's Journey Podcast. This is the 200th episode and I don't want to spoil it ... but I do get emotional :) And also, don't forget to apply for the giveaway! Learn more about the new marketing course for voice actors: http…
 
It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with improvisational specialist and villain extraordinaire Janet Peters! Janet takes us back to her youth where she loved singing in the house. She always wanted to be in showbiz and came close to landing a spot with Second City and goes into detail about …
 
The Artificial Intelligence Tidal Wave We really can't ignore it any longer ... the TERMINATOR (Voice over that is), has arrived. Today, I received, yet another email from a company selling robot voice overs claiming that they have added, "75 new synthetic ‘enhanced’ voices based on neural technology in over 39 languages and variants as part of our…
 
Oh yeah!!! It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with dubbing/video game voice over specialist J.D. Kaye! J.D. brings us back in time where he discovered his love for the theatre in his teens while performing in melodramas and rocking out with his band SABOTAGE!!! J.D. talks about his time wor…
 
Can I get a hell yeah!!!?? It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with video game voice over specialist Ken Marsiglia! Ken brings the intensity to the padded room as we go back in time and talk about his gaming days when he was working on a YouTube channel producing endless content and getting …
 
Don't Let Fear Stop You From Growing Your Voice Over Business It's true when they say, "The best way forward is to burn the ships behind". I think that is so true, but so scary. And metaphorically speaking, what does it even mean? * If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite Group, check out the link here. When I started my voic…
 
The State Of Voice Over In 2021 It has been a while since I did a podcast and I wanted to make sure that I could get my thoughts in order. The last few months, and year for that matter, have been wild for all of us, and my podcast has always been one place that I shared my thought and journey with you, unencumbered by promotion. So today, I finally…
 
It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with bilingual voice actor Robb Moreira! The guys blast to the past with Robb as he talks about his time at LaGuardia High School Of Performing Arts. Robb's destiny wasn't nose deep in books. He had a desire to take on the world of acting and lets everyone…
 
It's time once again to strap-up and step into the Insane Asylum, as the guys spend some time with award-winning voice actress and singer Chloe Dolandis! Take a ride with Big Jim and Brad Storm back to Chloe's youth where she talks about being brought up in a musical/performing family. Chloe went from super shy to superstar perfecting her life perf…
 
A New Direction For A VOs Journey When I first started my voiceover business, my goal was to become an audiobook narrator. After that, my goal turned to become a full-time voice actor. And now, 1 1/2 years from going full-time, my new goal is to build a business that will run by itself. If you would like to learn more about joining the Fiverr Elite…
 
Cold Calling For Voice Over Work So many of us shudder when we think about cold calling. However, in the previous podcast, we talked about ways to automate your email marketing and I believe cold calling is the best way to quickly vet your list. In this episode, I talk about a cold calling method I use and the template with different outcomes, and …
 
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