Erik Sheppard Works In Voiceover, Has Tattoos…

…Both at the same time.  Next I’m going to try the walking while chewing gum thing.

You may be aware that I have a thing for voiceover related tattoos so I thought I would share footage of my last one that was filmed for television.  At least you’ll have the satisfaction of watching me bleed.

Man, even when I’m hanging out with cute little tattoo girls I’m still talking about Lindsay.

*whip sound*

Come Join My New Voiceover Groups

For years I used to coach voiceover.  A lot.  Sometimes 5 or 6 hours in a day.  A few months ago I had to take a break as my duties running the agency coupled with my time on the mic just made it impossible and the 16 hour days were killing me.  Funny thing though – I miss it.

Go figure.

Anyhoo, I decided to jump back into the game in a way that was feasible for me and offered something new and unique to students that isn’t already available from one of my esteemed colleagues.

People often say to me, “Erik, you are so brilliant and attractive, I wish I could find someone like you who would be at my beck and call to personally guide me and help me as I go through this journey in voiceover.”  Good idea, says me.

"Attractive"

Briefly, my new program offers:

  • Two groups – Beginner and Advanced
  • A strict cap of 10 students per group
  • Saturday afternoon telesessions
  • 24 hour access to our private message boards

This way, no matter what difficulty you may find yourself in that day or whatever immediate advice you need you will have guidance and support.  As much as you can learn from the instructor (see photo above) we are fostering an environment in which the group members can learn from each other as well.  Nobody but other voiceover people are going to be able to help you in this business.

At the risk of sounding salesy, the classes really are filling up and we will have to start putting people on the waiting list soon.

Take a look at the full program outline HERE

See what Voiceover X-tra has to say about it HERE

See what Courvo has to say HERE

See what Peter O’Connell has to say HERE

The best part is that since I am already independently wealthy I am offering membership for just $100 per month.  That is 4 or 5 hours of seminar time per month and 24 hour support on the boards for a few bucks a day.  What more could you possibly do to better your career for this, or any price?

 

What Is Erik Sheppard Doing At VOICE?

Good question.  Thanks for asking.

If you haven’t bought a ticket yet then you probably wont be coming.  Understandable.  However, if you will be attending then you might as well make the most of it by coming to my tersely titled class, Simple Mistakes Talent Make Every Day: How Not to Make Agents and Casting Directors Nuts! This will be an early afternoon break-out session from 2:00-3:30.  Geared towards all levels of talent, we are going to discuss about a million little things that I guaranfreakingtee you do all the time that are causing you to lose work and opportunities.  Basically I’m going to yell at you for an hour and a half and tell you to quit it.  I’m sure it will be quite cathartic for me and that you will cry and beg for forgiveness.  We’ll see.

Either way there will be a slide show with tons of funny pictures and we plan to have a low key and enjoyable time where you can learn a thing or two, improve your chances of getting work and hopefully laugh and enjoy yourselves.  Don’t let this blog fool you, I am quite the humorist.  There may also be a few dirty words and some brief nudity depending on how many cocktails I had for lunch prior.  Fortunately nothing else of note will be going on at the same time so you really don’t have an excuse to not be there.1

The Voice Talent Productions staff will also be at the Poolside Mixer on Saturday and will be accepting demo submissions at that time.  The office is in dire need of coasters.  Be sure to stop by and say hello.  I’ll try to get LindZ in a bikini for you.

Thanks for the indulgence.  I look forward to seeing you all there.

1. Alright, a few other things are going on at the same time but listen up: Cashman eats puppies.  I swear to God I have seen him do it.  He acted like it was no big deal.  He just smashed its little head in and ate it raw.  You don’t want to condone that type of behavior, do you?

Colin Campbell Produces My New Demo

So, my old Narration Demo was getting a bit stale and in need of an upgrade so I went back to my boy Colin who produces some of the best demos ever and he hit it out of the park once again. Granted, he had my dulcet tones to work with, but it is still a great job. This guy has some ear1 and I highly recommend him. Check him out at Colin Campbell Voice.

My new Narration Demo:

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My Promo and Commercial Demos, also produced by Colin, presented here strictly as examples of his genius:

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See? I told you he was good. Have I ever steered you wrong before?2

1. Two of them actually.
2. Trust me, this wont hurt a bit.