EP 212 Sumeet Iyengar: Voiceover Agent at CESD Talent

August 28, 2016

Chuck and Stacey keep the amazing information and inspiration coming in Part 2 with respected Commercial Voiceover agent, Sumeet Iyengar, of CESD Talent in Los Angeles. Chuck and Stacey express huge thanks and appreciation for their VO Buzz Weekly team Matthew Gordon, Paz Fashingbauer and Jeff Castelluccio for their continued contribution and loyalty to the show.

Sumeet talks about CESD Talent’s process for signing a client, reasons why clients are asked to leave the agency and his definition of the ideal client/agent relationship. He answers a few viewer questions about agency referrals and how he likes clients to handle when they get the same copy from different agents.

He speaks to some common missteps talent make in their audition reads like focusing too much on the sound and why it’s challenging for actors to be real when they get in front of a microphone. He offers some valuable tips for self-direction from making strong choices to not doing too many takes.

Sumeet speaks to some of the changes he’s seen in the industry over the years and answers what the most gratifying things are for him as an agent. Find out how CESD Talent stays on top of the trends and changes with respect to online advertising, digital presence and social media influencers.

Sumeet gives sound advice to help people realize their voiceover dreams like taking classes and having a demo that reflects your true essence. Chuck and Stacey express their gratitude to Sumeet for his generosity, honesty, integrity and friendship. Be sure to follow Sumeet on Twitter @SUMEETatCESD

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EP 211 Sumeet Iyengar: Voiceover Agent at CESD Talent

August 21, 2016

Chuck and Stacey are fortunate to welcome top Commercial Voiceover agent, Sumeet Iyengar, of CESD Talent in Los Angeles to the show. Sumeet talks about his diverse background in finance and the entertainment business, which ultimately led him to become a voiceover assistant, then booth director and now talent agent.

Since he started at CESD in 2003, Sumeet explains how his role and job description has evolved and offers advice for things talent should be doing once they sign with an agent from training to following trends in the business.

Hear things that voice actors need to know to make an agent’s life easier, like having effective communication and demos that showcase current styles and reads that are in high demand.

Sumeet talks about the talent submission process for CESD Talent, how long he listens to demos, what catches his attention and proactive things talent can do if they don’t get signed.

He speaks to the range a commercial voice talent should showcase on their demo and answers what he sees as the current commercial styles and demographic demand for men and women.

Sumeet talks about how he handles directing actors and maps out a “typical day” in his life as an agent. Be sure to come back for Part 2 (EP 212) with Sumeet Iyengar for even more amazing information and insights.

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EP 210 Diane McCalley: Tax Preparation Expert and Bookkeeper

August 14, 2016

Chuck and Stacey continue chatting with their accountant, Diane McCalley of DC McCalley and Associates about more creative ways to handle deductions that factor into the cost of doing your particular kind of business.

Hear the best ways to be prepared for meeting with your accountant and the software and tools that the IRS accepts as the standard to document and itemize.

Find out what you need to be prepared for if you’re audited, how many years of past tax returns you should keep and key questions you should ask a tax preparer or accountant before you hire them. Diane offers advice about when it’s time to hire a bookkeeper, what services should they provide and the benefits of having one.

She talks about knowing at an early age what she wanted to do for a living, how she stays on top of the tax changes and why she will not work with everyone as a client.

Learn some of the common mistakes people make when it comes to their taxes and what percentage you should withhold from wages earned if taxes are not taken out. She also talks about traveling for business and what expenses you can deduct.

If you are interested in talking with Diane, contact her by email for a free consultation even if you live outside of the state of California.

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EP 209 Diane McCalley: Tax Preparation Expert and Bookkeeper

August 7, 2016

Chuck and Stacey share their amazing accountant, Diane McCalley of DC McCalley and Associates, with their VO Buzz Weekly viewers. For decades, Diane has catered to tax preparation and bookkeeping for creative professionals and businesses and she is flat-out amazing!

She breaks down incorporating in layman’s terms from who should do it, to the costs and the differences and benefits of an S-Corp and an LLC.

Find out how much of a salary should you pay yourself, the truth about allowances, quarterly taxes and deductions for things like your home office, studio space, utilities and more. Learn Diane’s rule of the 6 P’s that can help avoid tax headaches later on.

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EP 208 Melissa Disney: As Told By Ginger Voice Actor & Emmys Live Announcer

August 1, 2016

Chuck and Stacey continue their conversation with versatile voice actor and teacher, Melissa Disney who recalls some of her most memorable projects like playing Ginger in As Told By Ginger and how her grandmother’s voice inspired her for creating the singing voice of Snow White.

She explains her relation to the legendary Walt Disney and turns the tables to ask Chuck and Stacey what led them to start VO Buzz Weekly. Melissa talks about her musical influences as a singer/songwriter and the inspiration for her CD’s, SWEET FAITH and latest album, LOVE that you can find at http://www.melissadisney.com/music2/

Melissa shares more about the show she created with her husband, Ryan Paul James, which she acts in with fellow voice actor Richard Horvitz. Watch the trailer for The Comeback Kids at http://thecomebackkids.tv

She tells how she strives for balance between family and a busy career, what keeps her inspired as an artist and how her singing ability helps her feel the rhythm of the copy as a voice actor. Melissa reflects on the ingredients of her success and offers advice to aspiring voice talent from taking classes to waiting until you’re ready to make a demo.

She answers what animals she’s had in her lifetime and why Belinda Riggs on Facebook is why Melissa got a cat.

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