I Need An Award

Well, it’s that time of year again and Voices.com have begun accepting nominations for The 2009 Voicey Awards.  As usual the categories include New Voice, Child Voice, Teen Voice, Female Voice, Male Voice, Voice Team, Foreign Voice, Personal Branding and Lifetime Achievement.

While the mantels of my many fireplaces are nearly filled to capacity with all the awards and accolades I have received over the years, I may just have room for one more.  So, dear friends, in the name of unbridled hubris I look to you to nominate yours truly for Best Male Voice.  Not simply because I am clearly the best male voice but because it would clearly send a message to those who want to maintain the status quo that we demand change.  We will not sit idly by while the same voice over fat cats steal this competition from us, the everyday working talents who audition and voice and blog and are truly the salt of the earth.  We can take this industry back and I am the man to do it!  Yes we can!  Yes we can!

Show your support by following the directions below.  If I win I will thank all of you by posting nude pictures of me on this blog.  Scratch that, if you don’t nominate me I will punish your insolence and post nude pictures of me on this blog and really, there are some things that children may just not be ready to see.1

My fellow Americans, heed the call to action by clicking here, entering my Voices.com URL (http://www.voices.com/people/eriksheppard) and pasting in the URL to my television narration demo (http://voicetalentproductions.com/mp3/ESheppardDemos/ErikSheppard%20NarrationDemo.mp3).  Also, feel free to elaborate on why you are nominating me in the space provided.  Some suggested comments are “I get the chills when I hear him work”, “He is clearly the most talented artist since Picasso” and “If he wins thanks to my nomination perhaps I can guilt him into the sack.”2 Of course you can just pick from your own plethora of reasons as well.

While you are there, be sure to nominate September Day Leach for Best Female Talent as well (http://www.voices.com/people/SeptemberDay and her demo is at http://voicetalentproductions.com/mp3/SLeachDemos/SeptemberDayLeach%20CommercialDemo.mp3)  We will be sure to remember you all once we take our rightful positions as your benevolent overlords.

1. Won’t somebody please think of the children?
2. Other acceptable comments include “Please reward his humility” and “For the love of God, isn’t it about time?”

Earth Shattering Site Update

If you’re anything like me, you just can’t get enough of me. My keen observations, my boisterous wit, my boyish charm.

My eyes, not unlike two deep azure seas that you feel you can get lost in forever…

Anyway, as a reward for your good taste we have a new feature for you here so you can get even more Erik in bite size increments. Check out the new Microblog widget on the top right. I have it set up with a Twitter account so little things like interesting links or brief info that may not warrant a full post can be quickly posted up there for your edification.1

I think it could be pretty cool so keep an eye on it from time to time if you are so inclined. This is really the only reason I set up the Twitter account so although you can do the “follow me on Twitter” thing, it would just be a little weird, and frankly I don’t really think of you in that way.2 Some birds were just not meant to be caged.

1. Think of it like Santa coming a bit late this year.
2. Can’t we just be friends?

Big Important News!

No, not really but that is one hell of a headline.

After chatting with some of my blog-o-buddies, including the undisputed heavyweight champ of VO blogging Bob Souer, I have decided that the RSS feed will be changed to a Feedburner feed.  It’s an RSS/SEO/ROI thing, you wouldn’t understand.1 If you are one of the teeming throngs of readers who use the existing feed please check back next week when it is updated to get the new one as I don’t believe this one will work anymore.  I’m not really sure.  Give me a break, I’m new at this.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but really, it is a small price to pay to continue enjoying such unadulterated genius.

Our thanks to everyone who comes around here and extra special love to the commenters.  It’s adorable how you try to keep up.

The Erik and Ember Show is coming soon as well.2 It really is going to be amazing so I can understand your excitement.  We hope to have it fully armed and operational this month.  In the meantime feel free to enjoy the ongoing hilarity.

Humbly yours,

BIG IMPORTANT UPDATE: The new feeds are now available and the old ones are kaput.  You can also subscribe to new posts or comments via email by clicking the links over on the right.

1. WTF?  OMG!  LOL!
2. For reals.