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  • voicebylinda 1:16 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Great meetup today with two wonderful voice over talents in our Washington, DC area, Larissa Gallagher and Doug Corbett. I’m lucky enough to be in a Mastermind Group with them. Check out this latest video as to why a Mastermind Group is a great idea at http://youtu.be/xFddDClNTbY

    • Peter K. O'Connell 3:32 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like a blast!

      Next time bring a camera!

      Best always,
      – Peter

    • voicebylinda 4:18 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Peter! Larissa told me what an inspiring experience Faffcon was. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to make it to the next one in Hershey, PA!

      Take care,

  • voicebylinda 7:20 pm on September 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Flip Side of Appreciation 

    Voiceover artists are among the most creative and interesting group of folks I’ve ever met.  This month, Dave Courvoisier and other VO talents came up with an amazing concept, to celebrate National Voice Over Month!  As I read the list of names involved, I was happy to know I’ve personally had the privilege of meeting each of them in real-life.  Each person is unique, and when they put their collective heads together, it’s incredible what’s been accomplished in such a short time.  Peter O’ConnellAmy SnivelyBob SouerJohn FlorianDan Lenard, and Terry Daniel are all given kudos on the official NVOAM website.  They all deserve a round of applause for such a great idea!

    Many of us in the growing world of voice over tend to work in our own on-site studios, linked by social media.  When we work, it is usually in isolation.  We become immersed, enthused, and wary of so many emotions as we tell stories to entertain, inform, educate or advertise.  I was recently lucky enough to provide the disembodied voice of the 2010 Chevy Malibu for both television and radio commercials as the car and graphics kept spinning around.  I was enthralled when I saw how cleverly the production company was able to weave together sound effects, music, and graphics with my voice.  I was humbled by their expertise at creating such a dynamic commercial!

    We locate gigs through our own contacts, production companies, ad agencies, talent agents, and web sites that help to market our voices.  In fact, when I joined our local chamber of commerce, a new category needed to be added on their marketing website for voice overs!  There are books, blogs, websites, coaches, and mentors filled with encouraging advise about details and support regarding this career path.  Our greatest strength is our ability to network within the VO community.

    Since each of us arrived on this VO path through various means and for a multitude of different reasons, my experiences as a mom and teacher give me a different perspective.  In order to really feel appreciated, you must open yourself to feeling grateful.  I stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before is a quote attributed to Albert Einstein.  It’s the way I feel.  If each life is a journey, then I’m filled with gratitude that I was placed on this route.

    From the producer, Dan Levine whom I first met from Such-A-Voice that cut my first demo, to the generous support of Trish Basanyi of SAV and Voice Tweet, it’s where I first entered the world of VO just a few short years ago.  I am a member of various groups in VU and enjoy reading the articles from VoiceOverXtra.  From the Voices.com site, I have learned so much from Stephanie Ciccarelli’s Vox Daily blogs and the Voice Over Experts Podcasts.  I then was able to participate in the VO specific business classes from Dan O’Day and Harlan Hogan.   My personal list of truly fantastic experts in their respective fields include the patient technical audio expertise of George Whittam, the well-honed ear and articulate advance coaching from David Goldberg and others at Edge Studio, and my  newest set of demos recently engineered by Dave DeAndrea of Killer Voice Demos.  If you check out the Industrial and Narration categories on the Killer Voice Demos website, you’ll hear my Mystic Tan Booth and Patsy Cline spots!

    For all  the wonderful classes, studios, expos, and conferences I’ve had the pleasure of attending like Voice 2010, (thanks to James Alburger and Penny Abshire’s team), I am honored to have learned from you.  In fact, for those of you out there that would like to hear more from the fabulously engaging Voice 2010 presenters, Dave Courvoisier and Terry Daniel about social media, they are conducting a free teleseminar on Wednesday, Sept. 8th at 8 pm, central time.  As I continue to learn, the better I can provide top quality voice over services in return to my clients.

    In my case, what I like about VO is I am heard, but not seen.  It is my voice alone that I want folks to remember.  To my way of thinking, it’s a very humble profession, because I spent a great deal of time listening to the needs of the clients.  You see, it’s not really about me.

    I have learned from some of the best in the business.  They have shared their expertise with me and I have marveled at the depth of their knowledge.  I’m filled with gratitude for the support of my family and friends, and for all the kind folks I’ve met along the way that have inspired, taught and employed me.  You have opened my heart and mind to new thoughts and ideas.  Thank you!  I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you!

    • Peter K. O'Connell 11:07 pm on September 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply


      We all learn together from each other and are all equal parts teacher and student. A very nice post by you here. Thanks.

      Best always
      – Peter

      • Dan O'Day 7:37 pm on September 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your kind words, Linda.

        Remember during our bonus “PR” call I spontaneously suggested that some savvy student declare just such a holiday via Chase’s Calendar of Annual Events…?

        • voicebylinda 7:53 pm on September 6, 2010 Permalink

          Yes, I do, Dan! You are such a frontrunner for innovation. Now it’s a reality. Hooray for VO!

    • Dave Courvoisier 12:25 am on September 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      A nicely written summary! You’re right, we all find our own paths to this business, and that’s what makes each of our contributions unique and worthwhile.
      Best to you!

      Dave Courvoisier

    • voicebylinda 4:37 pm on September 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Peter and Dave,

      Thanks for taking a moment to respond! I appreciate your compliments, and admire your dedication to the VO world!

      Warm regards,

    • Herb Merriweather 4:56 pm on September 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this wonderful post, Linda! I share your sentiment with having had a chance to meet, learn from and rub elbows with some of the legends in this business. It is an honor that not many get a chance to enjoy…but we are blessed!

    • voicebylinda 5:09 pm on September 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I agree completely, Herb. That’s why I decided to take a few moments to count my blessings! It was my pleasure to meet you at Voice 2010!

  • voicebylinda 3:32 pm on August 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. ~Proverbs 11:2 

    George Whittam

    Every now and again, a coincidental meeting or two happens in your life that is meant to be.  When I follow the thread back through this interesting turn of events, I think back to June’s Voice 2010 conference in LA, hosted by the Voice Acting Academy, when I listened to George Whittam present a topic called “The Technology of Voice-over:  Garbage In-Garbage Out.”  He has a full-service business dealing specifically with voice over artists and their recording issues.  As I listened, I was struck with several thoughts.  Here was a person who clearly understood audio technology for Macs and PCs, but more importantly, could explain technical jargon in simple, straightforward, everyday language.  His depth of knowledge regarding proper acoustics, microphone technique, optimum signal chain and processing were only the beginning of what he discussed.  As the session progressed, he led us all through an overview of hardware and software issues, finishing with phone patches, Skype, ISDN, and Source Connect.  I felt confident that I understood quite a bit about his topic as it related to my needs, but I realized there was always more to learn.  I should mention that his handout was detailed and carefully laid out, so it was easy to follow along and take notes.  Knowing that I had come across George’s name many times from various social and voice over networking forums on the internet, it was a pleasure to meet him in person.  I realized he is just as sincere in real-life as he was on stage, while giving his presentation.

    Tim Keenan

    As luck would have it, Tim Keenan of Creative Media, contacted me after Voice 2010 for an #FF Twitter audio interview.  He recorded his questions from his California production studio as I recorded my answers from my home studio in the Washington, D.C. area.  I emailed the mp3 to him, and he magically made the audio sound as though we were chatting together in the same room.  Technology is wonderful when it works.  Imagine my surprise when Tim mentioned I had a low-end rumble that he had to edit out.  No client had ever mentioned the hum to me, so I was puzzled by what was going on with my sound recording process.  George’s name again came up as a go-to guy that might be able to pinpoint the problem.  A random coincidence?  I think not!
    I thought of George, and researched his website information at ElDorado Recording Services.  I saw that I could send him a recorded demo from my home studio, and he would critique it.  Mind you, George had already helped many well-known folks in the VO community.  I wondered if he would be willing to take on another client.  He immediately scheduled me into his busy schedule becoming accessible via email, the internet and Skype.  His payment structure was clearly posted on his website, clarified the type of services he provided based on 30 minute blocks or tiered memberships, and I have come to realize, he was worth every penny.  No problem was too great or too small.  Within a handful of hours stretching over a couple of weeks, George was able to locate the source of the issue, recommend I treat the sound absorption in the booth by purchasing ATS acoustical panels, treat the soundproofing issues coming from windows, adjust settings within my ProTools software, listen to several test demos, identified a piece of faulty recording hardware and took steps to remedy the situation, and best of all, remotely took over my computer to help with some great shortcuts, tips and techniques.  He even helped me out with helpful advice as I am upgrading my VO travel hardware and software!  It was especially fun to watch the cursor move on my computer screen as he signed me up for the free trial of the software, Twisted Wave, with my permission, of course!
    I was truly humbled by his knowledge.  By reaching out to George, I have more confidence in my post-production, and I am now able to help clients with even better audio results.  I’m glad I took the first step to solve my sound booth problem.  Through it all, George was kind, gracious, and conscientious as he patiently taught me what I didn’t know, in a gentle way that restored my faith in my audio recording capabilities.   Do you have an issue that might need help?  If it’s voice over audio related, don’t hesitate to reach out to George.  He listens, he understands, and he produces results.
  • voicebylinda 1:01 pm on July 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Pictures Released from Voice 2010! 

    Terry Daniel, Trish Basanyi, George Whittam, and Me

    Dear VO friends…have you seen your picture yet? VoiceOverXtra – VOICE 2010 Photo Gallery, download photos free http://ow.ly/284qV.  If you were lucky enough to participate, this is a great walk down memory lane.  What a great way to revisit the amazing conference in LA!

  • voicebylinda 12:24 pm on June 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Voice 2010…So Many Photo Memories 

    Voice 2010…another cute pic…Facebook | My Photos – Wall Photos http://ow.ly/1ZHVJ

  • voicebylinda 12:14 pm on June 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Fun Photos from Voice 2010! 

    Another fun photo from Voice 2010! http://ow.ly/1ZHHF

  • voicebylinda 11:01 am on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Being There 

    Pop's Home

    After attending Voice 2010, I am invigorated with a vast array of ideas, ranging from comedic timing techniques to additional social media marketing tips to audio production tips.  I’ve met new friends and reconnected with old ones.  I felt privileged to have been there.

    This past week, I’ve been offered some interesting audio projects and have completed some remaining telephony work.  Not only have I been reliving the fun by posting and tagging pictures from the event on Facebook, I’ve also marketed and auditioned.   Coincidently, I’ve been blessed with some amazing opportunities. The three, no four, biggest highlights of last week were as follows:  I was interviewed by Tim Keenan of Creative Media for his Twitter Follow Friday, been credited with a wee bit of a cartoon idea from a quick hallway passing remark with an imaginative VO cartoonist, Jeffrey Kafer.  Mid-week, I connected with George Whittam of ElDorado Recording Studio who offered to assist me with the final audio tweeking of my on-site studio.  On Friday evening, I attended a parking lot party at Henninger Media Services, a gracious first-rate production studio that had consented for me to access their ISDN line, as needed.

    There are far and away more important matters of the heart to deal with today.  For the next few days, my husband and I are going through the last of his father’s things that have remained in the house where my husband grew up.  Two years ago, my father-in-law passed away in a nursing home less than a mile from our home.  Our family was there on the day of his death.  My mother-in-law slipped away 16 years ago, but had been his childhood sweetheart since the seventh grade.  Loyalty runs deep in our family.  We have always been a close-knit family.  (His home is also less than a half-mile away from ours.)

    Each item inside the Pop’s home holds a cherished memory.  Family members have already chosen mementos, and it’s been a fairly smooth process, albeit a sad one.  I know I will listen to the stories and share my husband’s sadness as he puts the last of the remaining things away for good.  I anticipate that many sentimental items will find their way to our home, and I plan to accept those things that my husband couldn’t bear to part with, except maybe the clay sculpture with the hideous, bulging googily eyes he made in art class in the third grade…

    Over the weekend, Project Share, hauled away the larger furniture in their furniture truck.  By donating to that charity, an itemized list of what we could offer was picked up at Pop’s house, then taken directly to needy families that had been placed on a requested waiting list for those specific items.  A neighbor that needed a bedroom set, coffee table and lamps has already been by the house to collect.  Our sons transported the larger items to his house.  Tomorrow, the American Veterans Organization will come with their truck to haul away most of the usable household items.

    We think Pop would have really liked it he knew that the things he kept around on a daily basis could be used by others that were less fortunate.  Painters, plumbers, wallpaper removers, and new kitchen appliances will spiff-up the place to get it ready for sale at the beginning of July.  It’s been a difficult decision for my husband and his sister to move forward by selling his family’s home, but have now come to the realization it’s the right thing to do.  So my biggest job today has nothing to do with the world of VO, but the more important job of just “being there.”

    • Rick Lance 4:13 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Linda… At least it sounds like you and your family were prepared and organized. As well as respectful of your father’s wishes. It’s inevitable that we will all face these family decisions. I faced my first of this kind when my mother passed on 5 years ago leaving my 83 year old father to live alone in a big house full of my mother’s memories. My Father-in law passed away 2 years ago after moving him and his wife to TN. My Mother-in-law is still living close by.

      It’s all just a part of our aging and devotion to family.
      Nice of you to share your thoughts as you close one chapter and open another in the Ristig family album.


    • Andrea Christensen 8:32 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Linda – thanks for sharing. Being there is so important.

      It was great to meet you at VOICE 2010.

    • Herb Merriweather 2:27 am on June 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank YOU for being there, Linda…meeting you only enriched me all the more. Prayers to you and your family…

    • Mary Thomas 3:50 am on June 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bless your heart Linda. Thank you for sharing your Pop’s story. I am glad you are well

  • voicebylinda 11:18 am on June 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    AUDIO #FF @VoicebyLinda, selected by Tim Keenan 

    Warm and Wonderful Couple, Tim and Linda Keenan

    AUDIO #FF @VoicebyLinda

    Voice Artist Linda Ristig shares her thoughts on last week’s VOICE 2010 conference: http://bit.ly/d4egHe

    Tim Keenan of Creative Media Recording often selects folks from the world of voiceover to interview.  He then posts the interview on Twitter.  I was delighted to be part of his interview regarding Voice 2010!  I hope you take a moment to listen.

    Does it sound like we’re in the same room?  That’s the amazing part of what Tim is able to do.  I was in my home studio (recording) in Washington, D.C., while Tim was talking to me over the phone from his studio in CA.  Linda was recording on their end.  I sent my mp3 files attached to an email to them, he spliced the conversation together, and amazingly, he was able to showcase his audio engineering talent.  Very clever!

  • voicebylinda 4:27 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Tim Keenan of CreativeMediaRecording.com and his audio interview of yours truly! 

    Tim Keenan of CreativeMediaRecording.com recorded an interview with me in regards to my reaction to Voice2010. Enjoy! http://ow.ly/1Ximz

  • voicebylinda 1:52 pm on June 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Making a Difference 

    Making a Difference«Voice by Linda http://ow.ly/1Wadv Another blog installment about a fabulous social media presentation from #Voices2010!

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