The Fake VO Gossiper – April 22nd – April 28th, 2013

Join your fellow VO friends in writing fake voice over gossip and news headlines: 1. Tweet at me (@JohnLano) using the hashtag #fakeVOgossipheadlines. 2. Share your ideas with me on Facebook, Pinterest, the comments section below, or at I will “publish” the especially hilarious ones. (Honestly, they’re all so good, I’ll probably “publish” them all.) And don’t worry: you are more clever and hilarious … Read More

How To Motivate Your “Marketing Executive” Identity

  I market my voice over services better than you market yours.   There are THOUSANDS of voice over talent out there, and we ALL market our voice over services better than you market yours.   In fact, if your marketing skills were gas, you wouldn’t have enough to power a mini-motorcycle around the inside of a Cheerio.   Scared? … Read More

How To Motivate Your “Voice Over Talent” Identity

In part 1 of this blog series, I focus on your first and main identity as a professional voice over talent: Voice Over Talent. For most of you, this is why you got into voice acting. In my opinion, there are three main tasks for the “Voice Over Talent” identity:   Create. Do. Improve.       Create.   As a “Voice Over Talent”, … Read More

You Are Hilarious and I Need Your Help

  “Justin Bieber Deserves A “Spanking,” According To Metallica’s Manager! Quote Of The Day!”   “The Kardashian-Jenners Spend Easter At Church! Time To Pray Together!”   “Harry Styles Is Going SOLO! Is This The END Of One Direction?!”   Yes, these are real headlines from real websites and publications. It’s the world of celebrity gossip and tabloids. They are ridiculous … Read More

Intervention: You Need Voice Over “Rejection Therapy”

  “Unfortunately, we selected another voice over talent for this project.”   “No, please do not call us back about upcoming voice over opportunities.”   “We already have a voice over talent on our talent agency roster with your sound.”   Ouch. Rejection hurts. Literally.   According to research from the University of Michigan, the same regions of the brain … Read More

Inside the Mind of Voice Talent Rodney Saulsberry

  I have learned a lot about how you can use psychology to be successful in this competitive voice over industry. I hope you have learned something, too. Unfortunately, I do not and will not know everything on my own. You must turn to other professionals and those who have had tremendous success for years (and even decades). So, I … Read More

How to Get Picked

  Have you ever purchased a rare, one of a kind cardboard cutout of Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) from Liar Liar?   Have you ever read The Hunger Games books or seen the movie just because it seemed like everyone else had?   You probably said no to the first question, and if you said yes, please share the picture! … Read More

Voice Over – Like Movie Trailers?

Since diving into the field of voice over acting, people have been asking me a lot of questions about what voice actors really do. I don’t blame them. Before I really started researching the field, I thought of voice actors as the people who did things like commercials on TV and radio, character voices in cartoons, and movie trailers. While … Read More