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What Are You Waiting For?

10
Jun

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Really… what is it that holds you back?  Makes you feel like you can’t do it?  …what would be the worst case scenario if you went for it? Would you fine with not trying at all?

Oh boy!  I know, for me, if I don’t go after it I would always wonder, and that would be worse!  Go after your dreams.  You deserve them.

:o)
Dani Vox

Pay Attention to Your Face

8
May

Heres the thing, we all walk around without a clue what our face is actually doing.  The good news is that, for the most part, our brain has it under control so you don’t need to stress about it.

When I was pursuing a career as a photographer, the second someone stepped in front of my camera I would think about how I can make this person look their best.  Now, on the other side of the camera, my brain franticly tries to figure out how to gain control over my facial expressions to make sure the photographer captures a mind blowing photo of me.

Your expression reads volumes!  Having an awareness of what you look like, whether you’re being photographed or  while your auditioning, is a talent you want to possess.  It does take some effort, but here are 3 tips to help you out.

Embrace YOU  For starters!  Get over yourself!  Yeah, YOU!  Embrace everything about your appearance.  There is not another person who has the same features as you and THAT is exactly what a photographer or casting agent is going to want to see.  They are looking for variety, so you have to embrace what you’ve been given and know how to use it.  When someone is in front of the camera feeling confident about themselves and their appearance, it shows.

Your SIDE  Our faces are not symmetrical, so you need to be on the lookout for your good side.  Look in the mirror and check yourself out.  See what angle looks best.  It’s rare that a person doesn’t have a stronger side, so find yours and favor that angle like there’s no tomorrow.  Putting the time in to know your face is invaluable!

Your FACE HOLE  Your mouth changes your appearance more than any other feature on your face.  Making your pucker behave in front of a camera isn’t as easy as you think.  Believe it or not people hold a lot of tension there.  Stretch.  Laugh!  Work your jaw out.  It will make a huge difference!

Thanks for stopping by!

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!

Artists Are Withstanding Beings

1
May

“Artists are some of the most driven and courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day to day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime.

Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get ‘real’ jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again.

Every day they have to ignore the possibility that the vision to which they have dedicated their lives is a pipe dream. With every passing year, many of them watch as other people their age; achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. But they stay true to their dream, in spite of the sacrifices.

Why? Because artists are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Artists are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart.

In that instant, they were as close to magic, G-d and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”

- David Ackert -

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!

The 5 ‘WHY’s’ Your Clients Need to Know

17
Apr

keep-calm-and-but-why-DVPicture this… a potential client stumbles upon your product or service.  Yay!  Awesome!  But what is it that makes them buy?  What is it that makes them choose to work with you?

I have found that it doesn’t matter what industry you are in there are 5 things your clients, and potential clients, want to know about you and by knowing these 5 things creates the confidence in your brand and what you are selling.  Fulfilling these “5 Why’s” could also help you make a sale faster!

1. Why You? (the potential client)
Addressing WHY your client, or potential client should work with you by being clear in your content for the product or service you are selling and what the offer is you are making. This content should relay why the reader is targeted to, and suited for what you have to offer.  Basically, why is this important to them?  Why is this copy, product, or service perfect for them?

2. Why Me? (the person offering the service)

Your credentials are SUPER important to build credibility and lower buyer resistance.  You may be thinking, “My product/service speaks for itself!  Why would I need to tell them about my experience and background?”   Well, it;s about what sets you apart from the competition.  Whether you’re an accredited expert or not, the more reasons you give, the more credible you are, and the more chance you have for people who are going to buy from you.  In the mind of your client,  you are the expert on this subject. Use your unique credibility and experience as a major selling point.

3. Why This?

Why do they need your product/service?  Are you selling this product just to make money?  Maybe!  But whether making money is the main reason or not, either directly or indirectly, your product or service exists.  Don’t assume your happy little potential client knows exactly why they need your product, no matter how trivial you may think it is, if you don’t include somewhere WHY this product/service in your copy, left to their own devices your potential clients will be the ones making assumptions.

For example: Why should someone have voice over included in their next marketing campaign?  Why should someone choose your photography studio over another?  Why should someone buy your coffee?  You dont have to actually put these questions out there, just give them the answers.

4. Why Now?

“Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.”  Whether it’s direct or implied, adding scarcity and reasons to act now is important.

But by itself, urgency is almost always suspect. So back it up with reasons why your readers should act now. Don’t be shy in explaining why they must take advantage of the offer immediately, or what the consequences are if they don’t.  (this may not apply to all services)

5. Why This Price?

Its possible your price is based on the industry average.  Or you’re giving some sort or discount to make way for new stock.  Maybe your product is new and you’re offering an introductory price.  Don’t be afraid to tell your customers why they should pay what you’re asking for.  Why is it valuable to them? Compare your price to the ultimate cost of either buying an alternative (perhaps even competing) product, or not buying your product at all.

Gosh I love this stuff!  I hope this adds some info into your already “Copy Minded” brain.  :o)

Talk with you soon,

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox

The 10 Commandments of Being a Good Actor

10
Apr

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backstage.com is a great resource for actors.  I have learned so much from their articles AND you can check out what auditions are available and casting for Films, Television, Theater, and Pilot Season in 14 cities!!!   YES!  14 CITIES!!!  Check it out!

I love backstage so much I had to share this article by Secret Agent Man.  I love the way he writes his articles.  Check out the full article on–> backstage.

The 10 Commandments of Being a Good Actor

DaniVox_Secret Agent ManI. Thou Shalt Not Settle
Too many actors settle for being good when they have the potential to be great.

II. Thou Shalt Not Lose Track of the Big Picture
Actors tend to fixate on short-term details, like finding a good agent and getting the perfect headshot. That’s fine, but the career path you choose will be determined by your long-term goals.

III. Thou Shalt Learn How to Network
Knowing how to meet and interact with industry professionals is an essential skill.

IV. Thou Shalt Be Realistic
When you’re just starting out and you don’t have many credits, don’t ask your agent to get you an audition for the lead in a network pilot. There’s nothing wrong with aiming high, but you can’t lose yourself in the clouds.

V. Thou Shalt Learn to Shut Up
Actors spend way too much time listening to the sound of their own voice. Try keeping quiet every now and then, especially when you’re talking to people in the industry. Who knows? You might actually learn something.

VI. Thou Shalt Question the Source
Don’t believe everything you hear. You know the actor in class who’s half as talented as you but claims he booked a pilot? He’s lying. The guy’s actually doing a Web series that his girlfriend is financing with the money she made dancing at Crazy Horse.

VII. Thou Shalt Learn to Say No
You don’t have to jump on every opportunity that comes your way. I’m talking about the manager who lives out of his car and wants to sign you. I’m also talking about that nonunion film that expects you to perform full frontal nudity.

VIII. Thou Shalt Take Chances
You took a huge risk when you decided to become an actor. So why not keep that daredevil spirit alive as you pursue your career?

IX. Thou Shalt Be Mentally Healthy
Rejections aren’t personal. Your ego doesn’t control your life. And strangers do not have the power to crush your dreams. (Only you can do that.)

X. Thou Shalt Get a Life
Never put life on hold for your career. If acting is based on life experience, how can you be a great actor when you have no life?

Hope this helps!!

Much Love,

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox