|Posted by frankjamesbailey on July 3, 2017 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
This post is a cross between my voice over business and my writing.
Most of the time, when I go to comic cons, I go there to promote myself as a writer. By now I'm sure most of you know that I'm not only a voice actor but I'm also a writer. I wrote the Tercona book series. Tercona: Book 1 - Our New Home and Tercona: Book 2 - Dr. Q & The Banana Gun. (coming soon...Tercona: Book 3 - Trinity's Traps.)
The wekend of July 7, 8, and 9 I will be at Indy Pop Con in Indianaplois, IN. My daughter Paige will be dressing at Tercona on Saturday July 8th from 10am - 1pm and I will also be doing a panel on voice acting - Intruduction To Basic Voice Acting - at 12 noon on Saturday.
The following week, July 15th & 16th I will be in Toledo, OH for the Glass City Comic Con. I will also be doing a panel on voive acting at this comic con too. My panel - Introduction To Basic Voice Acting - is scheduled for 5pm on Saturday 7/15.
Finaly, my last event for July is the Not At Comic Con Show at Packrat Comics in Hillard, OH (Hillard is close to Columbis, OH.) The event starts at 10am.
I hope to see you at a comic con or comic book store sometime in July!
Have a happy summer.
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on June 19, 2017 at 6:40 PM||comments (0)|
Don’t be fake!
I don’t hate very many things in life. I believe “hate” is a very strong word. However, I hate (I mean I really LOATH) cheesy sales people. The kind of person that says, “Have I got a deal for you, but only if you buy RIGHT NOW!”
I’m in the business of selling my voice (and my books too) and I refuse to become that guy! Yes, I get paid to “act” that way sometimes when I read a commercial but acting like a cheesy used car salesman and actually BEING that person are two different things!
I don’t just want to sell my voice / service to a client. I don't just want to sell my books to kids. I want to establish relationships with clients.
If you start off by going up to a business and telling them, “I’m a voice actor. I can voice your videos. I charge X amount of dollars. Here’s my website!” I think that approach is on the borderline of spamming. Personaly I HATE spam.
Here is what I do...I find a business’s Facebook “Like” page on Facebook and like their page. I might even make a comment on a post they made. At first...that's all I do! My best friend always tells me, nothing happens unless you make a connection. Liking their page is a small connection. If they want to know more about me I’m sure they can find me. I have a very good internet footprint.
Next, I wait a few weeks and make ANOTHER comment (unless they come to me first). I might even connect with them on another network like LinkedIn or if they have YouTube videos, I’ll LIKE one of their videos! AGAIN, unless they come to me, I DON’T tell a new business what I do…not yet! I’m sure they can figure out I’m a voice actor if they click on my page. Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn. All I'm doing is making connections.
The same goes for my writing too. I joined a few Facebook groups for my favorite cartoons. Miraculous Ladybug, Star vs The Forces Of Evil, Steven Universe and The Loud House just to name a few. I introduce myself once (Hi everyone, I am voice actor and a writer. I also love cartoons. That's why I'm here). I have managed to make some new friends by joining these groups and some of the kids in those groups have joined my Facebook fan club group for Tercona! In other words, the kids use these FB groups to talk about there favorite TV show, found ME and then found out I wrote books about a female superhero and then became a FAN of Tercona.
As you can see, I don’t want to sound desperate for a voice job or for someone to read my books. I don’t want to sound “fake”. I want to establish relationships with clients. Because I believe that when you establish a relationship with a client, that relationship will last longer!
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on June 6, 2017 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on May 31, 2017 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
This past month (May of 2017) was a good month for me. For example, most of you know I have been doing some voice over work for the YouTube channel - Channel Frederator. I voiced 1 episode of 107 Facts. 107 Facts about Pinky & The Brain...
I also voiced a few episodes of Disney's Dark Secrest too...
As always, I voiced a lot of explainer videos. Like this one.
On this next video, they wanted a "movie trailer" trype of voice I gave them my best Don Lafataine.
Yes, May was a very good month for me. Thank you to everyone who hired me in the month of May I hope June will be just as good.
If you want me to do a voice over for you send me an email and we can talk.
I hope to hear from you.
Frank James Bailey
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on May 22, 2017 at 8:30 PM||comments (0)|
This blog is another post for my fans of Tercona.
This weekend I will be in Akron, OH at the 1st annual Rubber City Pop Pulture Fest.
What makes this con special for me is...I'm labeled as a "Media Guest." I always buy an artist alley table at the cons I go to. However, in the recent weeks, I've notioced my fan base has jumped a little and it's NOT because they like Tercona! I have been voicing some videos for the Channel Frederator YouTube channel. This my NO MEANS makes me Internet famous! On the other hand, is it good to be recenized for the voice work I do.
For the record, I go to comic cons to promote my books.
If I get a chance to do a pannel on voice acting...sweet! If not, that's fine. I've never written a book about voice acting and I'm not a voice over coach nor do I want to be. My voice acting pannel is just my way of giving back and it also helps me to get noticed at a comic con too. ("Oh, you're the guy doinfg the panel on voice acting.")
So I hope to see you guys this weekend at the Rubber City Pop Culture Fest in Akron, OH!
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on May 11, 2017 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
I want that…because I voiced it!
This blog is mostly for all my voice actor friends:
Have you ever voiced a job for a client and thought to yourself, "Wait, I think I would really LIKE this product (or service) that I've been hired to promote. I think I'll try this!"
After all, as voice actors, we know we have to make each and every product that we put our voice to sound like the best thing since sliced bread. If we voice a commercial for one weight loss product and 6 months later we voice a commercial for a totally different weight loss product we have to make EACH of those products sound as if we love it and use it all the time! Or at least, that the person using it, should buy it and use it all the time!
However, if a brand new company, with a brand new product, comes to you and wants to hire you has a voice actor for their commercial, have you ever read that commercial and thought…"Hmm? I think I like this product. I WANT IT!!"
Do you really like it? Or are YOU doing your job so well, that even YOU want to but it?
Have you ever bought a product or service (that you NEVER used before) that you were hired to voice a commercial for?
Leave your comments here on or on my many other social network sites.
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on May 1, 2017 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
This website is mostly for promoting my voice over business. Most of the time my blogs are about my voice over jobs and voice over tips.
On the other hand, as most of you know, I am not just a voice actor I am also a published author too. I'd be crazy not to talk about my writing every now and then.
Most of 2016 was spent promoting my first book "Tercona: Book 1 - Our New Home." I went to book stores, comic book stores and comic cons.
This Saturday (May 6th) I will debut my second book, "Tercona: Book 2 - DR. Q & The Banana Gun" at Alter Ego Comics in Lima, OH.
This Saturday is also happens to be Free Comic Book Day. Get free comics, face painting for the kids, stickers, temerary tattoos and much more.
There will be many people dressed at there favorite superhero. Cosplayers both old and young. My daughter Paige will cospaly as Tercona this Saturday when I debut my second book.
So I hope to see you this weekend for Free Comic Book Day at Alter Ego Comics.
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on April 10, 2017 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
Do you want to know the secret to getting LOTS of voice work? It's simple…DON’T BE COCKY!
What I mean by that is, don’t think that since you’ve done a few national spots that you’re too good for small jobs anymore! I’ve only done a few big jobs in my voice over career but I’ve done lots of small jobs! Let me give you an example…
A few years ago I voiced a series of sports commercials for this dot com sports company. The job paid pretty good for a bulk of only 7 commercials. That year I also did a lot of book trailers for this other company. I voiced a lot more book trailers then I did for that big hunk of sports commercials.
This year I started doing some voice jobs for the Channel Frederator YouTube channel. I voiced Disney's Dark Secrets and an episode of 107 Facts. I also do jobs that are not that populer too. I recently voiced an explainer video for Bear aspirin in Argentina and a car dealer spot for a small town in Texas.
I want to make something very clear. I’m not saying LOW BALL your self into a $5 or $25 job. I’m saying, don’t just sit around and wait for the big jobs.
Listen, if you’re like Joe Cipriano or Ben Patrick Johnson (the top announcer voice over actors in the country) or like Tara Strong or Frank Walker (some of the top character voice actors) and you get as much voice work as they do, then more power to you, you’re at the top of your game! However, most of us are NOT at the top of the hill yet. Most of us are still climbing the ladder of success.
My point is, if you want a constant flow of voice work, you’re going to have to take the small jobs WITH the big jobs. A national spot for Subway might pay great…once! Or if you voice a best selling audio book and you get tons of royalty checks. However, if you’re just sitting around waiting for MORE national spots and MORE best selling audio books but there not coming, then I’m afraid that’s ALL the money you’re ever going to make. Don’t sit on your butt and just wait for the good stuff. You might be waiting a while.
You’ll make more money if you voice a few radio & TV commercials, explainer videos, podcast openings, and phone greetings ALONG with your audio books or national spots as well.
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on March 27, 2017 at 1:40 PM||comments (1)|
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on March 5, 2017 at 7:45 PM||comments (1)|
How much time do you spend working?
Recently I discovered I only spend between 5 to 6 hours in my studio working. That “work” can range from auditioning for a job, social networking, direct marketing, writing emails or…writing a blog for my website.
If you’re wondering how I figured out how much time I spent in my studio, it’s simple - I timed myself using a stopwatch on my cell phone.
A while back I wrote a blog about making a schedule and using your time wisely. Do you need to take your kids to school? Schedule it. Do you need to answer emails? Schedule it. Do you need to audition for voice jobs…schedule it. (You get the idea) Of course “life” can get in the way of a perfect schedule. So a few weeks ago I started using my stopwatch on my phone to see how much time I actually spent in my studio working. That’s when I figured out I only spend about 5 – 6 hours in my studio working. Of course some days are longer than others and some are shorter. I might work 6 – 7 hours on Monday but only 4 – 5 hours on Tuesday. On average I spend around 5 – 6 hours working.
Once you figured out how much time you spend “working” then you need to add that to how much you make. If you spend an hour auditioning for jobs, 2 hours marketing, and the rest of the time doing a voice over jobs but only made $50 for the 5 hours you were in your studio, then you made about - $10 an hour that day.
Or you could also look at it this way; Are you getting the most out of your time? I admit, I can get distracted sometimes. I go to YouTube to copy my video demo to post on Facebook and then I see the thumbnail of a video I want to see. I tell myself, “It’s only 5 minutes, why not?” Somehow those 5 minutes turned into 30! So for me keeping a stopwatch going while I work has kept me more accountable for the time I spend in my studio when I should be “working” and not looking at cat videos.
Timing yourself while you’re in your studio working will help you figure out if you need to spend more time in your studio doing more work or making more money for the little time you have.