Special Guest: Paul Strikwerda

Truthteller. Revolutionary. Trouble maker. You’re not a Boss if you haven’t been called at least one. Today’s guest has been called all three! Dutch-born voiceover actor/activist Paul Strikwerda joins us for a tell-all 20 minutes. The author of the infamous Nether Voice blog drops loads of Boss Bombs.  So grab your clogs, we’re going where no voice has nether gone before!


Waarheidspreker. Revolutionair. Onruststoker. 

Je bent geen baas als niemand je tenminste een van deze namen heeft genoemd. 

Onze gast vandaag heeft ze alle drie gehoord. 

Paul Strikwerda is een in Nederland geboren voice-over acteur en activist, en in de komende twintig minuten praat hij met Anne and Gabby. 

De auteur van het beruchte Nethervoice blog neemt beslist geen blad voor de mond, dus trek je klompen aan, want we gaan naar waar geen stem ooit is geweest…



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Paul Strikwerda’s voiceover blog Nether voice has over 39K subscribers.

  2. His blog is a weekly staple in voiceover industry.

  3. He has a large number of non-voiceover reads from all areas of the freelance arts.

  4. He was born and raised in the Netherlands and started using his voice semi-professionally at the age of 17.

  5. His mother taught him how to read at the age of 2 and began entering him into reading and literacy competitions.

  6. He was recorded ‘radio plays’ by the time he was 8.

  7. His story is a shared love of words that most voiceover actors can relate to.

  8. Paul was a broadcaster and owner of a business & personal training institute in the Netherlands.

  9. He came to the United States from Holland at the age 36 with 2 suitcases and not much else.

  10. It took many years for his blog to take off and gain notoriety.

  11. Instant gratification does not happen how people want it to and he attributes persistence to his success.

  12. He writes from a very personal perspective and he’s not afraid to say what is on his mind.

  13. Paul had a stroke about a year ago and has since written many blog posts about his ordeal and recovery.

  14. It was a bold move to open-up and expose a weakness as intimately as he did.

  15. He admits to be rather emotional at times – his passion is undeniable and he writes from the heart, not the mind.

  16. Paul tells us his thoughts on the European and the American mind-sets.

  17. He sheds light on some key differences and how those differences shape our culture in the USA.

  18. Paul urges voiceover actors to travel over-seas and experience first-hand how it can change your life.

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. Check out Paul’s Website

  2. Read Paul’s Book on How to Make Money in Your PJs!

  3. Recorded on ipDTL

Transcript

>> Today’s voiceover talent is more than just a pretty voice.

>> Pretty voice.

>> Pretty voice.

>> Pretty voice.

>> Today’s voiceover talent has to be a BOSS.

>> BOSS.

>> A BOSS.

>> A BOSS.

>> Join us each week for business owner strategies and success with your hosts Anne Ganguzza and Gabrielle Nistico, along with some of the strongest voices in our industry.

>> Rock your business.

>> Rock your business.

>> Rock your business.

>> Like a BOSS.

>> Like a BOSS.

>> Rock your business like a BOSS.

>> Rock your business like a BOSS.

>> A VO BOSS.

>> A VO BOSS.

>> A VO BOSS.

Anne: Welcome, everybody, to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my cohost, Gabby Nistico. Hey Gabby.

Gabby: Hi.

Anne: Gabby, I’m super excited today.

Gabby: Me too!

Anne: A colleague that, God, I’ve known for years, he’s a multilingual voiceover coach and well-known as an awesome writer and blogger. He records videos, virtual tours, commercials and documentaries for his clients, and what I think everybody knows him for is his weekly blog, one of the most popular in the business. He has over 39,000 subscribers. Also the author of “Making Money in Your PJ’s,” welcome to the podcast Mr. Paul Strikwerda.

Gabby: Yay!

Anne: Yay!

Paul: Hello, hello, hello! [speaking Dutch] It means “how are you doing?”

Anne: You’ve certainly had a varied and wonderful career.

Paul: Yes, and it comes out nicely if you write it yourself as well. In this business you have to give yourself some credit.

Gabby: You don’t need to give yourself credit. Truthfully. If people in voiceover don’t know who you are and have not in some way encountered your blog, then they’re living under a rock somewhere. We can’t help them.

Paul: Well, the last time at VO Atlanta, there were 700 people. I think I discovered 10 people who didn’t know who I was. And I’m OK with that.

Gabby: That’s about right.

Paul: It’s amazing. This blog has done so much for me. When I started this about 12 years ago, I honestly had no idea that it would give me the opportunity to connect with so many people from all over the world. And the fascinating thing is that I think that maybe 50% of my readers are voiceovers, and the rest are like freelancers, photographers and scriptwriters, and editors and fellow journalists. They read about my stories, and in a way I try to talk about we have a lot in common as freelancers, you know, we all want to find out how to run the silly businesses that we’re running, how to get more clients, how to put our foot down, how to negotiate a good rate, how to stay sane in an insane world. And whether you’re a freelance hairdresser or a freelance voiceover, doesn’t really matter. We all share the same problems. Feels like such a privilege to be able to reach out to these people. Every single day I get an email about a blog that I maybe have written five years ago, six years ago, or people who have read my book because they feel that connection. It’s just the most wonderful thing that’s pretty much ever happened, and no idea that it would when I started writing. 

Anne: How long were you a voice artist before you started writing? 

Paul: Huh. I started using my voice I’d say semi-professionally when I was 17 years old. I was living in the Netherlands. That’s where I was born and raised. And I entered a competition for young people who wanted to gain experience in the world of radio and television. It was at that time still all public broadcasting in the Netherlands. I entered as a joke and I got admitted, and I started making radio and television programs while I was coached by people who were pros in the business. I learned so much. So that’s how I started recording, never having the idea that I would ever end up being a professional voice artist. When you really want to look at how it all started, I have to give my mom credit because she taught me how to read when I was like two or three years old. I was very young when I learned how to read. She signed me up for all kinds of reading competitions that were run by local librarie