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GKN Weekly Update 5/21/13 – Nude Yoga and Voiceovers?!

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NEWS AND NOTES!

The latest episode of the Voice Over Cafe (LIVE from FaffCamp in Charlotte, NC) is ready! Click here to check it out.

I was honored to be interviewed by Voicebank! Click here to check it out.

One of the many benefits of FaffCamp is that it makes you examine your habits. As a result, I wanted to get back in shape as well as relax more. One suggestion was yoga.


(that’s the Ohm symbol!)

I did it in college and loved it so I thought that was a good idea. My Accountabilibuddy Trish Basanyi agreed and encouraged me to explore some options. One option is yoga at home. It turns out that Optimum offers free on-demand yoga videos. Cool, right? There was a decent selection but I wanted to see what else was out there. So I went online to Vimeo and did a search for “yoga”. On the first page of results was a video called “Yoga Undressed” with a still of a very attractive woman in her birthday suit in a yoga pose. So, being “professionally curious” (and a dude), I clicked on it. After reviewing the video from a purely clinical perspective (of course, right?), I wanted to search for more conventional yoga videos.

Now, if you look at the Vimeo page, you’ll notice that immediately below the search bar in the top-right hand corner of the actual video are three icons: Like, Later, and Share. I honestly don’t know what happened, maybe it was unconscious, but instead of clicking the Search button, I clicked on Like. Oops.

Why oops? Because my Vimeo profile is linked to my Facebook and Twitter feed. So when I Like a video on Vimeo, it shows up on Facebook and Twitter. Yeah, OOPS.

So after I wiped the tears from my eyes from laughing so hard, I went to Facebook & Twitter and deleted the posts. No big deal. Then I realized that some of my Facebook friends and Twitter followers probably saw the post. Not wanting them to think I’m some kind of perv, I posted on Facebook that it wasn’t me that posted the video. Some of the responses were pretty darn funny! The funniest one was from my pal Ron Levine (a great voice talent who is famous for being Santa Claus during the holiday season) messaging me saying “Nude yoga?” Oh crap, now I’m on the Naughty List!

So I thought everything was fine but then a couple of people who don’t know me that well basically said I was lying about it being an accident. I don’t know if they were kidding or not and I didn’t want to go there. Not wanting the thread to go down a certain path, I deleted it. Over-sensitive? Maybe, but I’ve worked hard over the years to craft as positive & constructive a social media presence as possible and I really didn’t want any of that to be undermined.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Well, there are a few things to be gleaned from this little cautionary tale. First, many of your social media platforms may be linked, so what you do in one place may show up somewhere else (BTW I un-linked Vimeo from Facebook & Twitter so this sort of Internet boo-boo doesn’t happen again). Also, many people’s perceptions of you are formed by your online presence. A potential client may see a Facebook photo of you with a drink in your hand and as innocent as you think that may be, it may be offensive to them and as a result, they may not hire you. Did you know that it is now standard procedure in many companies to check out your Facebook profile as a part of the application process? Some of them even ask for your password when you apply for a job. Crazy, right?

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Life can be like a tire iron – sometimes cold and hard; and it feels real good when you stop beating yourself over the head with it. Unknown

STUFF!: “Iron Man 3”, yes! “50/50” yes! “Friends with Kids” yes!

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