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GKN Weekly Update 5/23/11

Happy Victoria Day! I don’t know who she is, but I hope she gets lots of presents…

One thing about us Americans is that we like streaks. Hitting streaks, colored streaks in our hair, streaking, stuff like that. I just ended a streak of nineteen straight weeks of recording sessions. That’s all of 2011! It was a streak that I certainly hated to see end, but it starts right back up again this week. What’s your record?


Last week I got not one, not two, but FIVE invitations from five different people to join yet another social networking site. This one is Referral Key. I have no idea if it’s any good. I barely glanced at it, noticed that it looks like all the other ones with nothing special to offer, and decided not to join. Why?  What happens is one of us finds a new social networking site, they tell all their fellow VO talents about it, the same networking savvy ones join it, waste a few hours building their profile, they all “friend” each other, and then it sits there, waiting to be updated along with the other couple of dozen social networking sites that we’ve all joined.

I think it’s safe to say that the number of online social networking sites has reached it’s saturation point. Coming from a social networking nut, that’s saying a lot! Exactly how many more of them do we need? Yes, the more sites you join, the greater you increase your exposure and SEO levels, which increases your chances of getting work. I’m on dozens of them and they don’t seem to get me much work except for the big ones (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). What gets me work the most often is going to sites that are actively looking for VO talents for specific projects.

I like to be efficient with my time and energy. It just seems like most of these social networking sites are redundant. Maybe I’m not using them correctly or not digging deeply enough to find their unique value. What I do know is that when I fish in a certain part of the lake and I use the right bait AND I’m patient, good things happen.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Everyone has a different formula for success. I know what works for me may not necessarily work for you. What I’m saying is: don’t be discouraged by all the different ways you can try to succeed. We’re all panning for gold so try everything you can!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: If I could be anyone, I’d be me so I wouldn’t have to buy new clothes. Christopher Lloyd from “Taxi”

STUFF!: I saw “Thor” last week and it was fun! I really like the way that Kenneth Branagh directed it. If you strip away all of the science, magic, and action, it was a timeless story about a dysfunctional family with a Shakespearean flair to it. Bravo, Kenneth!

From Tom Dheere’s apartment, this is Tom Dheere, GKN News…

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