Special Guests: Brian Talbot and Randy Ryan

VO Boss’ first-ever quadcast with the hosts of the Let’s Talk Voiceover Podcast, Brian Talbot and Randy Ryan. Anne and Gabby enjoy chatting with their male counterparts about their backgrounds, how they started their podcast, their insights into the current voiceover climate and even their experience with Xzibit and Pimp My Ride!


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Remember the 80/20 rule

  2. Creative people can have a hard time selling themselves

  3. Price should be the last thing you negotiate with

  4. Don’t let technology drive your decision making

  5. There is no such thing as exposure. There’s a one in a million chance you’ll get “discovered.”

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Let’s Talk Voiceover Website
Brian Talbot’s Website
Randy Ryan’s Website


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Anne: Welcome, everybody, to the VO quadcast. Today we have some very special guests with us, and I am super excited to, of course, welcome in my BFF bestie, bostie, Gabby Nistico.

Gabby: [laughs] Hi, Anne.

Anne: Hey, Gabby. [laughs]

Gabby: We got two dudes with us today.

Anne: We do!

Gabby: We got some company. [laughs]

Brian: Oh, it’s hot.

Anne: We have with us today hosts from the podcast “let’s talk voiceover,” Brian Talbot and Randy Ryan.

Brian: Thanks!

Randy: Hi Anne, hi Gabby!

Brian: Thanks for having us, this is great. It’s funny because no one’s ever been interested in having us on a show before, so we are a little lost here. We have to beg, plead and send a $100 bill to get guests.

Gabby: Well, I mean, I’ll still take the $100.

Anne: Yeah, we’ll take, yeah, absolutely. So I want to just say first of all, thank you, guys, for being a part of this amazing, I’m going to say, first-ever quadcast. We are altogether on ipDTL. This allows us to come together from all different areas, myself from California, Gabby from North Carolina, and where are you guys from?

Brian: I am from Nashville, currently. That is destined to change.

Randy: And I am in Austin.

Anne: Gabby and I are so honored to get to know you guys. Tell us a little bit about — you have been in the industry for a long time and known each other for a very long time, hence your podcast, I’m assuming. So tell us a little bit about each of you and your reason for being in voiceover.

Brian: Well, I started coaching Orson Welles back in the 1930’s.

[all laugh]

Brian: I actually got involved in it from a long, long time ago. High school theater major, college theater, then you know switched to broadcasting because I really wanted to get paid. How stupid was that?

[Anne laughs]

Brian: Right? I’m not going to work in theater, I’m going to get paid by working in radio. Really!

Randy: There’s no pay in radio.

Brian: There’s no – no, there’s no pay. So umm but I had the fortune, the good fortune of being out in L.A. in the late, mid, mid-late 80’s and ran into this funny little man called Marc Graue. And Marc is not only voiceover royalty and — he actually grew up in Hollywood. I worked at one of his — I think it was actually his first Marc Graue recording studio in Hollywood. And just absolutely fell in love with it, started from there, started doing voices, goofy voices, because when you hang around with Marc Graue long enough, you just start doing goofy voices. Um and, and did that stuff and then moved all around the country, moved to New York, and then moved back to Indianapolis at one point for family reasons and met this goofball, long-hair musician freak named Randy. And umm he has been trying to shake me ever since. I keep sticking by. We’ve been friends for almost 25 years now.

Randy: I keep moving, and you keep finding me.

[all laugh]

Brian: I actually moved back out to L.A. back in the early 2000’s, and Randy moved to Austin, so what did I do? I left