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Steve’s Personal Story

Welcome to the Blumvox Studios Blogosphere. I rarely talk about the early part of my journey, but I thought I’d share it with you here in hopes that something you see here may inspire you on your own path.

Mastering the Story with LeVar Burton

Mastering the Story with LeVar Burton

Mastering the Story was the title of our 47th Class in my Teaching Series, and how appropriate it was to have a true Master of the Story - LeVar Burton - join us in class that night. Below is an excerpt from that well- spent time with a man who’s inspired me for...

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Recalibration

Recalibration

We just dropped the latest issue of The Voicemonkey Dispatch - Blumvox Studios’ quarterly newsletter - and for this one I chose the theme Recalibration. Why Recalibration? Because just when I thought I kinda had it all figured out, everything changed! Have you had...

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What’s in Your Voiceover Toolbox?

What’s in Your Voiceover Toolbox?

So, what’s in your Toolbox? Not the hammers and screwdrivers and circular saws (tho I LOVE that stuff), but the critical tools you need for Voiceover, and for life? As with any gig, creative or otherwise, having the right tool for the job can save you incredible...

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When Reality Literally Bites!

When Reality Literally Bites!

When Reality Bites was the theme of our 3rd issue of The Voicemonkey Dispatch for 2020. The student-only newsletter boasts a range of interactive articles and never-before seen footage, as well as “homework” for budding voice actors direct from the man himself. If...

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Making a Demo That Rocks!

Making a Demo That Rocks!

I consider Chuck Duran of Demos That Rock to be the greatest living demo producer out there, he’s literally the guy who makes it happen for many of us. I’ve been fortunate enough to have two of my demos done with Chuck, and I intend to do many more with him in the...

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The F Word Equation | Failure – Fear = Freedom|

The F Word Equation | Failure – Fear = Freedom|

Let’s talk about the F words which are too often shunned by society - Failure and Fear. These emotions are a natural part of daily life and are usually associated with negative connotations, though I promise you they are each powerful teachers that can allow you to be...

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Expansion

Expansion

Hey friends, If you’re reading this in the spring of 2020, you’re also currently experiencing one of the most unique and trying times in our history. If you’re reading this in the future, a) I’m glad you survived and b) I sincerely hope you’re better for it and that...

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Celebration

Celebration

Celebration isn’t something we normally associate with learning how to be a voice actor, but a year ago I dedicated an entire class to it. It’s something that’s easily passed over when you’re working hard to build a career, and sometimes it’s even completely...

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Charlie Adler- Acting, Failing, and Overcoming Fear

Charlie Adler- Acting, Failing, and Overcoming Fear

(Excerpted from Class #35 of Steve’s Teaching Series, Charlie Adler, on Acting, Failure, and Overcoming Fear. Recorded September 9, 2019) Overcoming Fear through Acting Ever since I started acting it's there that I felt that I was home. To this day, the minute I walk...

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How Do I Get An Agent?

How Do I Get An Agent?

How Do I get A Voiceover Agent? It's one of the most common questions I’m asked. There’s so much to think about when it comes to choosing an Agent, getting an Agent, and even how to get IN FRONT of an Agent in the first place. While I can’t give you everything here, I...

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Integrity and Taking Responsibility

Integrity and Taking Responsibility

Attitude and Work Ethic in the Voice Acting Business There's one thing you'll figure out quickly when you decide to learn Voiceover. The voiceover business and the entertainment business in general can be wildly unpredictable. At times it seems like an endless...

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Marketing and Voiceover Jobs

Marketing and Voiceover Jobs

Marketing Yourself - Back Then Long before we had the internet, if we wanted to get a job in voiceover we had to market ourselves the “old fashioned” way. At the time I got in it was all about submitting cassette tapes. Not long after that it went to CDs, which you...

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Confidence and Self Care in Your Voiceover Career

Confidence and Self Care in Your Voiceover Career

Confidence and your Voiceover CareerSo early on in our voiceover classes, and literally every time I talk to folks that want a voiceover career, I talk about building confidence, looking stupid and embracing it, and taking care of your voice physically, by warming it...

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Voiceover and the Importance of Trust

Voiceover and the Importance of Trust

We’re called upon to trust often in the voiceover business. Trust the process, trust that our teachers aren’t full of crap, trust that if we do the work, something will come of it. We need to Trust that we’ll be remembered when we’re great and not forgotten when we...

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Karabast Star Wars! It’s Over!

Karabast Star Wars! It’s Over!

Star Wars Rebels and the end of an era (and a job!) So I recently wrapped one my favorite shows ever, Star Wars Rebels. This year marked the 4th and final season of an incredible odyssey, and the opportunity for me to play in a universe I loved as a kid, though I...

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Holistic Care of Your Instrument

Holistic Care of Your Instrument

    The following is an excerpt from the VMD Issue May, 2018. I hope you enjoy! If you don’t know about the VMD you can get more info on here. Physical care of your Voice - Your Instrument In our first set of classes - back in April 2018 -  we talked a lot...

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Making Friends With Your Voice

Making Friends With Your Voice

When it comes to Voice Acting, making friends with your own voice is an extension of self-love. It's one of the reasons I chose that topic as a Blumvox Studios Community Facebook challenge back in March 2018! By the way, thank you to all who participated. It ain’t...

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The 20th Anniversary of Cowboy Bebop

The 20th Anniversary of Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop was the most influential project of my career – and will continue to be a part of my life forever. At conventions worldwide, it’s consistently the number one topic of conversation for me with thousands of fans. This year is extra special. We’re...

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Meditation

Meditation

Meditation is needed in this world right now. With social media and devices pumping information into our reality 24/7 we’re literally bombarded with information that doesn’t lend itself to relaxation or meditation at all. There are a lot of ways we can learn to relax...

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Me and My Friend Logic

Me and My Friend Logic

I got into voiceover cause I loved doing voices. I’ve done them my whole life and especially when my kids were little. If you’d told me back then that I’d not only be doing this for a living one day but that this career would lead me into inspirational speaking,...

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Before Voice Over Classes – Get Confident!

Before Voice Over Classes – Get Confident!

Before you even begin to take voice over classes... ...before you ever even get into any of the technique or the performance aspect of voice acting, building your confidence is a critical thing you really need to be able to do. At the very least you need to have a...

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Take a Risk! – A Voiceover Must!

Take a Risk! – A Voiceover Must!

One of the most important things I learned when I entered into a Voiceover career was about taking a risk. My risk-taking journey began when I was a starving musician during the ‘80s, playing in an R&B band opening for heavy metal acts. As you might imagine that...

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