This week on the VO School podcast, we’re celebrating our 20th episode by honoring Black History Month with a show devoted entirely to diversity.
This episode is guest hosted by Doug Melville, chief diversity officer for the international advertising agency, TBWA. As a vocal proponent for diversity in all its forms both day to day in his role within TBWA and via his personal outreach on social media and public appearances, Doug brings a wealth of knowledge to this episode.
Joining us this week on the podcast are power couple Joan Baker and Rudy Gaskins, founders of SOVAS (the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences), a not-for-profit organization that helps educate and advocate voiceover around the globe. They organize and present workshops and learning opportunities across America and curate That’s Voiceover and The Voice Arts Awards, a voiceover convention and voice awards show, respectively.
In this episode, we learn how Joan and Rudy established themselves in the industry, how they advocate for talent that come from diverse backgrounds, where they believe the industry is heading, the importance of the human voice, and how the collaboration of technology and voiceover presents new and exciting opportunities for voice actors.
This week on the VO School Podcast, we’re discussing how an actor markets and brands themselves in 2017 and beyond. How you present yourself to the world can make or break your career and we discuss the various approaches that can help you to stand out in a crowded field.
What’s the difference between branding and marketing? How soon should you start your marketing journey? What are the gatekeepers looking for when they choose talent? And what are the major no-nos and turn-offs that will hinder your chances?
Joining me this week are two titans of the marketing world. Celia Siegel is the founder of Celia Siegel Management, widely recognized for building strong personal brands for voice talent. Before creating CSM, Celia was a respected talent agent with stints at CESD, JE, and Wehmann. A brand builder, certified life and business coach, success strategist and talent manager, Celia has advanced the careers of top VO talent for more than two decades.
Doug Melville is Chief Diversity Officer for TBWA\Worldwide, a top ten ranked global advertising agency. Since joining the TBWA, he’s led efforts that resulted in more than $150 million being spent with multicultural and women-owned businesses in the creative space. He’s presented three TEDx talks on the topic and made multiple appearances on Fox Business.
Blog and show notes for the VO School Podcast - produced by Jamie Muffett.