A Career in Voiceovers Part III – Work in Your Local Market

Even with the emergence of the internet, a lot of voice work is still done in local markets. It's usually at least a little less competitive than the internet, and tend to pay a bit better. So you do not want to neglect this work.

In addition to approaching local businesses individually, the real key to getting established is to develop a relationship with those who create media for a living. These folks generally fall into 3 categories:

  • Media Production Companies: Can be exclusively audio facilities, but more often, they will also encompass a full range of services (video, web, training). Find them in your local phone directory, often listed under "Video Production".
  • Advertising Agencies: Often the first people in the chain. Large, well-established big-budget agencies are difficult to approach, because they can have anyone they want. And they'll usually pick James Earl Jones before they pick you. But smaller, newer agencies often do not have as many well-established relationships with service providers and may be more open to new talent. But, this technology thing cuts both ways: It's easier than ever for local agencies to hire major market, top-caliber talent …. so they're often bypass local talent in favor of the "cooler" option of going to the " big city ".
  • In-House Production Arms: Large companies often have media departments that exist within their walls, with staff producers and in-house faciliities. While they may not produce their company's commercials (usually handled by lage ad agencies), they may have a steady supply of marketing and training work requiring narration. Unlike the first two categories, these folks are harder to identify, because you will not find their production arms listed in the phone book …. as they are simply part of the larger company. So you'll need to ask around or call the company directly to ask.

What do these people need from you? Well, they'll obviously need a demo that's as close as can be to the kind of work they might consider hiring you for. Also, they'll need a minimum of a business card with contact info, including email and a web site. A cover sheet can be helpful, letting them know of your interest and availability … and especially including a couple good quotes from satisfied customers (they will not know that some of those customers were freebies …).

If you can drop them off in person and shake someone's hand, that's the very best. But sending them to producers (the decision-makers) via snail mail is also acceptable, if that's the best you can get. …

The Role of Globalized Education in Achieving the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have unquestionably been highly successful in bolstering governments' commitment to poverty reduction, achieving basic education and health, promoting gender equality and environmental sustainability, and bridging the gaps in human development. In spite of these progresses, globalized education is still a requisite and the primary tool in achieving the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda – the continuation of effort to achieve prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity, peace and respect in a world of cultural and linguistic diversity after 2015.

The complexity of today's globalized world has made development challenges interlinked. Peace can not be achieved and prosperity can not be sustained without finding unified, common and general solutions and without all nations contributing unanimously and with a sense of shared responsibility. The Millennium Development Goals which will be succeeded by the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the end of 2015 (United Nation's 70th Anniversary) has framed sustainable development as a universal project. The post-2015 development agenda includes issues that are of common concern to all and pose challenges at national levels. Moreover, they define objectives to be achieved at the global level.

Before we delve into the role of globalized education in achieving the post-2015 agenda, it will be appropriate to have a proper understanding of the concepts that underpin the subject. Suffice it to say that education is both essential and indispensable for sustainable development. Globalized education fuels sustainable development as nations seek to transform their visions for the world into reality.

"Globalization," as observed by Chang, "is the integration of national economies, culture, social life, technology, education and politics. Globalization affects all facets of life universally, scientifically, and technologically. Its effects are felt in world's culture, economy, environmental, social and human disciplines. In its broadest sense, globalization refers to intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant locales in such a way that local events are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa.

Education has been recognized as a fundamental human right for more than half a century now. It is the endless process of bringing up people to know themselves, their environment, and how they can use their abilities and talents to contribute in the development of their society. Education improves the mind of the student for ethical conduct, good governance, liberty, life and rebirth of the society the student finds himself. Education, as an agent of change, empowers its recipient to be creative. It is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training and research. Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.

Converse to the traditional way of teaching and learning, globalized education means adopting a universal, scientific, technological and a more holistic approach to education with the aim of preparing and equipping our young ones appropriately for sustainable development, and creating a peaceful and better world for this generation and …