Month: November 2018

Chuck Duran and Stacey J. Aswad – VO Buzz Weekly

Chuck Duran is the Owner and Head Producer at Demos That Rock Studios in Los Angeles, California. He has a varied and extensive background in the entertainment business, with hundreds of impressive credits to his name.

From producing thousands of commercials for companies such as Nike, Chevrolet, Budweiser and so many others, to having two hit rock albums in the Japanese & European markets, to writing and performing songs in award winning movies like “My Cousin Vinny” for TV and film companies such as Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Disney. And you can hear Chuck’s voice as the singer in Disney XD’s sitcom, “I’m In The Band”. Watch episodes on YouTube!

Chuck is one of the most capable studio talents in LA, taking immense pride not only in consistently turning out the absolute best product in the business, but having a great time doing it as well and making sure that his clients do too. That’s one of the many reasons that Chuck Duran has become the city’s most sought-after voiceover demo producer.

And after one meeting with him you’ll understand why.

Stacey, known to her friends as “small and mighty” is a versatile voice actor in commercials, promos, narration, animation and video games heard recently in projects for The Ellen Show, Netflix, Food Network, Toyota, AT&T, Nescafe, McDonald’s and Subway. She’s a captivating on-camera actress and award-winning host, producer and scriptwriter, pro dancer/choreographer and spokesperson who grew up between Upstate New York and Manhattan. Since 2005, millions of people love her as the effervescent Host of Walt Disney’s World “Top 7 Must Sees” and “Must Do Disney” TV shows. Stacey and Chuck Duran are the producers and hosts of the Voice Arts Award winning web show VO Buzz Weekly.

As the youngest of five daughters, this petite powerhouse earned her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and is a 5-time national champion in artistic rollerskating. Stacey always “Blooms where she plants herself” and is a gourmet chef & baker, animal advocate, fitness buff, renovation junkie, crafting wizard, diehard fashionista and trusted confidante who adores throwing posh dinner parties where pajama attire is always encouraged… if not required.

VO Buzz Weekly is the global web sensation that is inspiring, educating and entertaining viewers in over 80 countries around the world.

Aspiring voice actors, established VO pros and curious fans alike can finally put a “face to the voice” of the mega-talented voice actors from cartoons, animated films, movie trailers, video games, TV promos and commercials, to getting the inside scoop from the best voice over agents, directors and others, in a way that has never been done before.

Every week, hosts Chuck Duran and Stacey J. Aswad get up close and personal with their special guest as they share fun and poignant personal stories, insights on how they became so successful, reveal tips, techniques, products and equipment they use to maintain their voice, create characters and continue to stay at the top of their craft.

Subscribe now at www.VOBuzzWeekly.com, because you won’t want to miss a single episode! And the best part, it’s totally FREE!!!

Gabrielle Nistico – The Gift of Gab for Voice Overs

Gabrielle Nistico has been a voiceover actor for 20 years. She’s behind the mic every day recording for voiceover clients. She reports from the front-lines and teaches you how to survive and stay current in the voiceover industry. If you’re new and looking to learn more about a career in voiceovers, start here. Gabrielle Nistico is the author of VO101: Everything you need to know to start a voice over career and How to Set Up and Maintain a BETTER Voiceover Business: A complete VO business guide to help you stay organized, focused and goal oriented.

She offers voiceover training & lessons in her Charlotte, NC studio as well as remote training for those outside of the area. Gabrielle shares her collective knowledge in my weekly podcast VOBoss with her amazing co-host and bestie Anne Ganguzza.

Even if you’ve never heard of her…you’ve probably heard her. Boston Market, Invisalign, Office Depot, Harley Davidson, Whole Foods and Food Network are just some of Gabrielle’s credits.

She is an honest coach that prepares people for the often brutal acting industry. She’ll turn you into the business owner/entrepreneur you need to be in order to thrive as a voiceover actor.  Wanna know how to find voiceover work? How to meet a voice client’s expectations? And how give the best voiceover performance? Let’s get started!

A Tough Coach for a Tough Industry

My philosophy for successful voiceover training is business FIRST. A well run voiceover business that includes networking, branding & marketing know-how will succeed. A great voiceover actor who lacks these skills may fail because no one knows who they are or how to hire them. I teach you how to out-business your competition.

You Cant Spell Voiceover without CEO

Some coaches hold your hand & ‘mommy’ you in the voiceover booth. That’s not me. You are not paying a coach to tell you how great you already are. I will challenge you vocally so that you achieve your full performance potential. It’s not in my interest, nor in your best interest, for me to tell you that you’re ready for something (like a demo) when you aren’t.

I put a strong emphasis on sales, promotions, and marketing because I want to help you become a better business owner. I will inspire you with intentional planning that will ignite your voiceover career and your entrepreneurial spirit.

Got 15 Minutes?

If you’re already working in the voiceover industry, I’ll make recommendations that fit YOU, even if it means referring you to another coach. Bring a thick-skin & your questions, and in 15 minutes, I will help you improve your voiceover demo, website, marketing, and performance.

If you are brand new to voiceovers, first, – start with my 12 Steps To Voiceover Success. 

Visit Gabrielle Nistico’s website: www.gabriellenistico.com

Steven C. Hayes – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Get ready to take a different perspective on your problems and your life-and the way you live it.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a new, scientifically based psychotherapy that takes a fresh look at why we suffer and even what it means to be mentally healthy. What if pain were a normal, unavoidable part of the human condition, but avoiding or trying to control painful experience were the cause of suffering and long-term problems that can devastate your quality of life? The ACT process hinges on this distinction between pain and suffering. As you work through this book, you’ll learn to let go of your struggle against pain, assess your values, and then commit to acting in ways that further those values.

ACT is not about fighting your pain; it’s about developing a willingness to embrace every experience life has to offer. It’s not about resisting your emotions; it’s about feeling them completely and yet not turning your choices over to them. ACT offers you a path out of suffering by helping you choose to live your life based on what matters to you most. If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or problem anger, this book can help-clinical trials suggest that ACT is very effective for a whole range of psychological problems. But this is more than a self-help book for a specific complaint-it is a revolutionary approach to living a richer and more rewarding life.

  • Learn why the very nature of human language can cause suffering
  • Escape the trap of avoidance
  • Foster willingness to accept painful experience
  • Practice mindfulness skills to achieve presence in the moment
  • Discover the things you really value most
  • Commit to living a vital, meaningful life

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit – an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 44 books and nearly 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. He is the developer of Relational Frame Theory, an account of human higher cognition, and has guided its extension to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based methods.

Dr. Hayes has been President of Division 25 of the APA, of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the Association for Psychological Science, which he helped form and has served a 5 year term on the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health.

In 1992 he was listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as the 30th “highest impact” psychologist in the world and Google Scholar data ranks him among the top ~1,500 most cited scholars in all areas of study, living and dead (http://www.webometrics.info/en/node/58). His work has been recognized by several awards including the Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and Its Applications from Division 25 of APA, the Impact of Science on Application award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.