|Posted by frankjamesbailey on August 13, 2017 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
As most of you know, I am not just a voice actor. I'm also a published author too. In November of 2015 I self published my first book "Tercona: Book 1 - Our New Home."
In May of this year (2016) I published my second book "Tercona: Book 2 - Dr. Q and the Banana Gun."
They are family friendly illustarated novels about a female superhero name - Tercona.
You can read a few chapters from each book on the SAMPLE page of the website here:
You can also LIKE my facebook page for Tercona here:
https://www.facebook.com/Tercona/" target="_blank">Tercona facebook page
And you can become a member of the Tercona fan club on facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/terconafanclub/" target="_blank">Tercona fan club
To promote my books I go to comic cons, book stores, and comic book stores. This year (just in Ohio) I've been to Lima, Dayton, Akron, Columbus, and Toledo. I've also been to Indianaplouis, IN and a few local libraries too.
My next comic con I will be - The NEO Comic Con. It's Sunday Aug. 20th in North Olmsted, OH (a sub-burb of Cleveland). I will be in booth 151. Come by my booth and we can talk about cartoons, superheros, voice acting and (of course) Tercona!
For more info about NEO Comic Con, click here: https://www.neocomiccon.com/" target="_blank">NEO Comic Con
I hope to see you THIS weekend, Sunday Aug. 20th at NEO Comic Con!
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on August 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
Nothing happens, unless you make a connection!
My best friend who owns an audio body shop told me some great advice. Nothing happens unless you make a connection.
What he means is, there is no way you’re ever going to do business with ANYONE unless you make some sort of a connection first!
Remember this simple rule, it takes 7 – 12 touches (or connections) before a business will remember you. So you have to think of different ways to connect with your clients that will not look like spam or sound pushy.
Here are few connecting tips.
1 - I start by liking there business facebook page or by subscribing to their YouTube page and making a comment on a video. These are small non-pushy connections and these days it's better to create a personal connection then to just say right away "Hey, let's do business." When ever someone sends me an an email and says "Have a deal for you" I deleate it right away.
Anyway, making a comment makes my connection more personal. It gets my foot in the door. I do this all the time. This way they SEE my name, Frank James Bailey, when I post a comment on their video. If they want to look me up…they can.
2 - In about a week I’ll make ANOTHER connection by commenting on another NEW post or video.
3 – By week 3 I usually send them an email introducing myself. This will work very well if the company responded to the comments I made. (You see why I said like and comment first!)
4 – In week 4 I’ll make another comment on a post or video again. This way if they didn’t get my email they should know my name by now. After all, I’ve made a few comments on their posts.
5 – By the 5th week (or 5th connection) I’m sending out an email again.
6 – In the 6th week, if the business has a twitter or Instagram account, I’m usually following them this week and “hearting” some of their posts this time.
7 – By week 7 I’m sending out a cold call.
There are many more ways to connect with people but this is my strategy and it’s worked for me so far.
Happy connecting and remember…nothing happens unless you make a connection!
|Posted by frankjamesbailey on July 23, 2017 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
Knowing your audience
As most of you know, I have a good internet footprint. If you Google - Frank James Bailey you can easily find me and this website. I’m sure you’ll also be able to find my Tercona site too.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up today is because recently a lot of friends on Facebook sent me a request to “like” there page. I am more than happy to LIKE anyone’s page. I love to support my fellow voice actors. It’s great to network!
On the other hand, let me ask you this very important question…if I “like” your page, are you hitting your target audience? What I mean is, if I like your page that means I’ll see your posts. If you post about a job you did or what voice over work you can do…great! If you post you’re demos, I’ll see those too. Me (a fellow voice actor) will see your demos and voice acting posts. I can give your posts a “big thumbs” up in support but the likelihood that I’ll hire you for a voice job is probably slim. I’m a voice actor too! I am trying to get voice work, Just Like You!
Yea, there is a small chance since I’m networked with you that I might call you up someday and say, “Hey, I have the flu and I can’t voice this job but I think you’re perfect for it. Can you help me out?” or I might need your voice on a project I’m working on. More than likely though, I am NOT the person you’re trying to reach. You want to reach other video companies, e-learning companies, and maybe even agencies. If they see your posts about voice acting or your demos they might want to hire you.
Let me tell you a quick story, a few years ago I made videos on YouTube called “A Video Voice Over Tip.” They were videos to help people who wanted to get into the voice over business. I had a good audience of…FELLOW VOICE ACTORS! The problem was, I’m not a coach nor do I want to be. As a voice actor I want to reach people who might want to buy my voice for their video, phone greeting or e-learning project
As most of you know I’m also a writer. I wrote books about a female superhero named Tercona. My audience for Tercona is kids, teens (and some adults) who like superheroes. My “LIKE” page for Tercona has over 1,660 likes. Also my Tercona fan club Facebook group has over 1,600 members! My Frank James Bailey – Voice Actor LIKE page only has 733 likes. It’s clear that my audience for my books is a LOT larger than the people who want to hear me as a voice actor. Now I’m sure if I started voicing cartoons or video games that number would change but for now, more people like the female superhero I created – Tercona - then ME the voice actor Frank James Bailey.
So…if you want me to “like” your facebook page, yes I will! I will LIKE your page and support my fellow voice actors but you have to ask yourself, am I the audience you want?
|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.