Steve Blum's Blog

Embark on a journey through Blogs written by the voice monkey himself, unveiling a tapestry of insights, stories, and industry secrets.
Recalibration with Piddle the dog at the beach

Recalibration

In past blogs, I embraced the change and just took it in stride, using my trusty tools to negotiate it all. I made it through without too many scars, but these last several months in quarantine, it’s gone to an entirely different level...
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Whats in Your Voiceover Toolbox- Steve Blum holding a wrench with his tongue sticking out

What’s in Your Voiceover Toolbox?

As with any gig, creative or otherwise, having the right tool for the job can save you incredible amounts of time, stress and money. The thing is, you have to assemble them, learn to use them, and take care of them!
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When Reality Bites- Image of Steve Blum biting his hand in the booth

When Reality Literally Bites!

A couple of weeks ago I was bitten on the toe by a black widow spider. I had to go to the emergency room. My foot swelled up with infection to the point that I couldn’t wear shoes. Three days later I was stung by a bee. My thumb swelled up so big it was hard to hold anything with my right hand. That same week my Pro Tools began to freeze, my email stopped working properly and the bluetooth powering...
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Banner image of demo producer and VO Buzz Weekly host Chuck Duran

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 future. I always tell my students when it comes to ...
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HiDef Mic with blurred background

My 10 tips for How to Become a Voice Actor

Many people have asked me simply, “How can I become a voice actor?” and there is no simple switch to make it happen. However, there are key tips and tricks that can help you be more successful in your endeavors.
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Picture of Steve Blum at the Mic in front of a wide booth window with several people at computers on the other side

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 a stronger person. In fact, you can’t succeed ...
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Steve Blum with Piddle the dog on his lap both looking out in the distance

Expansion

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 you used this time to expand rather than to contract. As I write this, it’s about 5pm pst, Friday, March 27. We’ve officially been on lockdown in California for a . . .
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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 forgotten! Here at Blumvox Studios, we have a lot to celebrate. Our original goal was ...
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Voice actor and director Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler- Acting, Failing, and Overcoming Fear

Charley Adler: I didn’t start out as a voice actor, I started as an actor in the theater in New York. I would wake up in the morning, do 2 radio spots, shoot a commercial, make it to the theatre and then go sing in a club that night, then be flown out to LA to screen test for something. There was no label, I was just an actor. Then, around 1983, when I started coming out to LA ...
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