This Might Be The Best Generic Ad EVER!

I tend to be fairly critical of advertising, especially radio and TV ads.

With many of the ads I see or hear, I’m left wondering how it ever made it on the air.

I figure that for most ads, a number of people had to sign-off on the final production. I’m always amazed that no one had the guts to pipe up and say, “Hey, this ad really stinks.  It’s stupid, it doesn’t make any sense, and it’s never going to sell the product.”

But, no, it seems like no one has the nerve to speak up.

Instead what we’re left with is cliched ad copy, video that’s meant to associate some vague idea with the product, and an ineffective commercial that wastes the client’s money, not to mention it wastes our brain power.

This one video takes all of those cliches, all of those generic video clips and rolls them into one awesome result.  Like the headline above says, “This might be the best generic ad EVER!”

Looking For Inexpensive Production Music?

Music and sound effects libraries can be pretty expensive.  If you’re looking for an economical solution check out JewelBeat which has an extensive library of production music available for 99-cents per cut.

The cuts are royalty-free worldwide, meaning once you’ve purchased the music, you can use it in any production.  In addition, JewelBeat offers automatic downloads so you can move on quickly with your production.

With more than 35,000 tracks available, you’re bound to find something you like.

 

 

Why Is Andrea Purdon Trying To Scam Me?

On a weekly basis, I get a lot of inquires about my voiceover services.  Luckily many of those turn into work, and a fair number turn into regular clients.

 

Andrea Purdon, Scam Artist

Andrea Purdon, Scam Artist

Every once in a while, though, an inquiry comes through that just smells like a scam right from the start.  The one below had that “scam odor” right when I saw the subject line:

 

Subject: Studio Inquiry.

Hello,

My name is Andrea Purdon from M&G Investment International United States. I want to know if there is any availability for hiring of your studio and recording services if possible. If there is availability, kindly let me know about the dates and the quotes.

They are looking forward to Arrive on 4th of July 2011. The ONLY mode Of Payment is :Visa , Master or Amex Card.

Write me immediately with an update on the list of all the services you can offer and available at that time. Call me anytime.

Mr Andrea Purdon.

One of the things that points to this being a scam is the second paragraph, “They are looking forward . . .”  Who are “they?”

But, just to be sure, I did a quick Google search for Andrea Purdon and found these:

Video scam

Rooms scam

Production/Film scam

In the emails posted in each of those links, the wording of the email is very similar to the one I received.  About the only difference is the service requested and the date the service is needed.  I wasn’t surprised in the least, since I pretty much knew it was a scam the second I read the email.

My guess is that the scam would be them overpaying me for my services and expecting me to provide a refund.  Then I would find that the original payment was bogus, and I would be out the amount refunded.  I didn’t fall for this scam, and I hope no one else does.

So to answer the question posed above, “Why is Andrea Purdon trying to scam me?

Andrea Purdon is a scammer who is trying to steal my money.

Pronunciation Help With Names

If you’ve ever had to pronounce names like Ted Kulongoski, the former Oregon governor, or the country Kyrgyzstan, you know what a challenge it can be.

For a lot of words, I’ll use the online Merriam Webster dictionary or Dictionary.com, both of which have audio versions of the words so you can hear how they’re pronounced.

If you have a company name, or an individual’s name that doesn’t show up in an online dictionary, try The Name Engine which also includes audio pronunciations.  They’ll need to add many more pronunciations to make it really useful, but if you’re struggling with a pronunciation give it a try.

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