Voiceover – My Declaration of Independence
By Dan Friedman
Ahh, independence. It is a great feeling to live in a place where (and a time when) we have the ability to pursue our dreams. The month of July is when we as citizens of the United States celebrate our independence. Since my birthday also happens to be at this time of year, it has always been a special time for me. This year though, independence is taking on a whole new meaning. This year, I am truly free. I am free to run my own business. Free from working under anyone but myself.
Until the end of last month I worked for, what was for many years, a thriving production company. But, just as the studio landscape has changed in the music business over the last decade, the studio landscape has also been changing in the voiceover industry. Financial realities and a changing business model did not make it possible for me to stay. “It’s nothing personal, just business.” So, after thirteen years, I became truly independent. It was a good run while it lasted and I wish them well.
I’m excited about this new adventure. Sound4VO has been around for a while now and I am thrilled to finally be able to give it the attention it deserves.
There are no guarantees in business, but I am starting with a sound foundation. (See what I did there?) I am a voice actor with the added benefit of being a certified audio engineer. Or is it the other way around? 😉 Either way… voiceover, directing, producing, audio editing, mixing and more… I have full audio production capabilities. At my Sound4VO studio, it can be done. It can be done with personal service and at reasonable prices. From this day forward, I am working on MY business full time. Let the celebratory fireworks begin! Oh wait, there’s no budget for fireworks yet.
For the last few years, I’ve been blogging and providing what I hope has been helpful information to people who work in all areas of this industry. I plan to continue to do my best to raise the bar. Whether you have the dream of becoming a voiceover talent or are a working pro who needs a fresh pair of ears and honest feedback, I would like to help you achieve your goals by offering my services as a director, coach and mentor.
I believe that if you work hard, are good at what you do and are someone with whom other people would like to work, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving success.
Sound4VO is open for business and this is my personal declaration of independence. Thank you to everyone who has offered their love and support.