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Steve Blum's Blog - The Blumvox Boiosphere

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.

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” is 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. As I...

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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, an evening with the incomparable Charlie Adler, recorded September 9, 2019) Acting I didn't start out as a voice actor, I started as an actor in the theater in New York. I think Lincoln was President, and back then...

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How Do I Get An Agent?

How Do I Get An Agent?

“How Do I get An Agent?” is one of the most common questions I’m asked, along with “Should I go with a big Agency or a small one?”, and “How do I know if it’s a good fit?”. There’s so much to think about when it comes to choosing Agent, Getting an Agent, and even how...

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Integrity and Taking Responsibility

Integrity and Taking Responsibility

Attitude and Work Ethic in the Voice Acting BusinessYou'll figure out quickly when you decide to learn voiceover that the voiceover business and the entertainment business in general can be wildly unpredictable. At times it seems like an endless marathon of hoops you...

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Marketing and Voiceover Jobs

Marketing and Voiceover Jobs

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, and not long after that it went to CDs, which you did if you wanted to get...

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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…Trust that we’ll be remembered when we’re great and not forgotten when we suck.Trust...

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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

  So we have this awesome little multimedia newsletter called The Voicemonkey Dispatch that comes out once a month. Each month I get to riff a little on the previous months class topics from my online Teaching Series, which if you don’t know about you can get...

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Making Friends With Your Voice

Making Friends With Your Voice

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! By the way, thank you to all who participated. It ain’t easy, so pat yourselves on the back for...

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The 20th Anniversary of Cowboy Bebop

The 20th Anniversary of Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop was perhaps 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

There is such a need for relaxation in this world right now! With the advent of social media and devices pumping information into our reality 24/7 we’re literally bombarded with information that doesn’t lend itself to relaxation at all. There are a lot of ways we can...

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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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