Special Guest: Tom Dheere

It’s time to Boss-up a level with advice from this week’s guest – Tom Dheere – the Voiceover Strategist. This funny, charming voiceover actor and coach is all about business so naturally; we had to have him on the show. Remember, the H is silent, but he’s not! Hit play and get down to business with three VOBosses in this week’s episode!



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Tom Dheere was an acting major with Shakespearian aspirations.

  2. He found voiceover acting in the mid-90’s and never looked back.

  3. Anne, Gabby and Tom can play a game of six-degrees of separation since they are all from the NY/NJ area.

  4. Tom lives in NYC and considers himself to be a blue color, non-broadcast voice actor.

  5. He’s happy to make a living with the ‘boring’ voice work that DOESN’T make you a household-name.

  6. Like many voiceover actors, Tom didn’t know much about the business of VO when he started and had to learn it on his own.

  7. He tries to help other’s avoid mistakes he made early on in his career.

  8. He cautions against the American Idol, starving artist mentality of performing for a living.

  9. Agents do not come and seek you out – an agent can only make you more successful than you already are.

  10. Agents don’t make you a star – they help you get opportunities you would not get otherwise.

  11. Tom is big on numbers and cost-benefit analysis. He gets a lot of work from recommendations from fellow voiceover actors.

  12. Spreadsheets and the like help him manage anxiety and his business via structures.

  13. Voiceovers can be chaotic and unpredictable – making it a numbers game – takes away some of the fear.

  14. Chaos and creativity do not go hand in hand.


Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++


Tom Dheere’s Website

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 bosstie, Gabby Nistico. Hey Gabby.

Gabby: Hi!

Anne: Today we have voice talent, speaker, coach, proclaimed VO strategist. [laughs]

Gabby: I, yeah, I think we can please say that.

Anne: Yes. We must tell everyone that the H is silent, but he is not. Welcome to the podcast Mr. Tom Dheere!

Anne and Gabby: Yay!

Tom: Thank you for having me.

Anne: It is so exciting, Tom, to finally have you on.

Tom: I know, right?

Anne: It’s like our East Coast like soul brother. [laughs]

Gabby: We met for the first time at VO Atlanta this past year. And I was like “where has this man been all my life? What’s going on?” Like a long-lost brother, you know, cousin, somebody, something, yeah.

Tom: Oh shucks.

Gabby: So tell us – yeah, you know the drill, tell us your tale. Tell us how you got into this wacky business.

Anne: Tell us your tale.

Tom: Let’s see. I was an acting major, got my BFA in acting, I went to the National Shakespeare Conservatory here in Manhattan. My original plan was to be a working New York-based Shakespearean actor. That’s what I wanted. I didn’t want the Hollywood thing, I didn’t want to be rich or famous. I just wanted to ply my trade doing Shakespearean acting. I dropped out of school for various reasons. And I’m hanging at home with my mom, and she’s reading a copy of New Jersey Monthly Magazine, and she’s looking at the back where it’s got all the classifieds and want ads and stuff, and she’s like “what’s voiceover?” I’m like, “I don’t know. You make money to talk?”

Which is exactly what it is. And she’s like, “well, there’s this co