Ready4Air (Gimme The Mic) | Oops! Three Ways To Recover From A Bad Read

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

December 3, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

Voiceover artist Bob Hennessy

 

By Bob Hennessy

When it comes to voiceover work, anything can happen to spoil a good read. In some cases, your nerves might get the best of you, or you mispronounce the brand’s name in the copy several times. Chances are you won’t get a do-over. Realize that as much as you may want it to be, not every read is going to be a good one.

I have a few short tips on ways to recover from a bad voiceover read:

GET OVER IT 

It is probably not your first bad read and certainly not your last one.

GET OVER IT

Take the copy home, go over it again, and try to figure out where you went wrong. Was it timing? Accent? Did you misunderstand the direction (or lack thereof)? Take it to a friend, teacher, or mentor, and see if they can give you some pointers so you won’t make that same mistake again.

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GET OVER IT

Find similar copy on YouTube or Vimeo, and listen to how it’s read by someone who actually booked the audition. Whether it’s commercial copy, a business presentation, even an IVR script, they all have their own styles and never the twain shall meet.
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Coming up:  Decorating Brands For The Holidays

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

 

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Reporter Go-To Stories For Year End | The Ultimate Holiday Movie Preview | More Voiceover Tips

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December 1, 2014 | Posted in TV Production | By

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I hope everyone had a bountiful and restful Thanksgiving! While many people have what they want, there are many more who don’t have what they need. I believe there is always something to give thanks for. I hope each of you found at least one thing.

Now, it’s time to get back to work. As we geared up for the holiday weekend last week, the media was busy covering the unrest stemming from the recent grand jury verdict not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown. The verdict was announced last Tuesday night, and the coverage–including an exclusive interview with Officer Wilson–has escalated over the weekend.

Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) | The Ferguson Shooting Verdict: A Thankless One For This Holiday Season

In keeping up with the breaking news, our team at Ready4Air switched around a few posts last week because of the Ferguson story. But this week, we are back in full holiday mode. If you were looking for voiceover professional Bob Hennessy’s post on “Recovering From A Bad Voiceover Read,” look no more. It’s in this week’s lineup.

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

Voiceover auditions are available all year round. When it comes to voiceover work, anything can happen to spoil a good read, and in most cases, you won’t get a chance to do it over. Hennessy has written for Ready4Air in the past for our voiceover series Gimme The Mic. This week in Ready4Air, his tips on ways for anyone to recover from a bad voiceover read.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Gimme The Mic) | Hit It And Quit It! Self-Directing Your Voiceover Auditions.

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen executive producer Debbie Mitchell and teen film critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Teen critic Jackson Murphy of Lights Camera-Jackson.com is back this week with part two of his post on his picks for the ultimate holiday movies. Jackson, a regular guest cohost on Arise On Screen, highlights his holiday season movie picks. The season is filled with movie options, including award contenders and blockbusters. Jackson shares the ones that make his list. He says there is something for everyone, whether you’re naughty or nice.

This week in Ready4Air (Film), Jackson puts the spotlight on “The Ultimate Holiday Movie Preview.”

Lyndsay Christian , Host and Producer of On the Scene Photos: Courtesy of Lyndsay Christian

Lyndsay Christian, host and producer of On the Scene
Photos: Courtesy of Lyndsay Christian

And finally, a good story is never hard to find, especially when it comes to the holiday season. If a reporter isn’t covering a breaking news story, then the months of November, December, and January are filled with an array of go-to stories that are a gift to any good producer or reporter. These stories are ready to go and don’t require a lot of digging or thought. However, Christian says you do need to be creative.
This week in Ready4Air (TV), television personality Lyndsay Christian shares her go-to stories and  tips for writing and reporting during the  holidays.
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Coming Up: DJ Fulano on Ready4Air 
Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Gimme The Mic) | Find Your Voice: Which Type Of Voiceover Is Right For You?

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

November 11, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

Voiceover artist Bob Hennessy

 

By Bob Hennessy

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s start out with some basic realities. Guys, not everyone is Don LaFontaine. Ladies, not everyone is Linda Watkins (she’s the ShopRite lady, in case you didn’t know). That being said, let’s talk a little about the right choice for you.

First of all, you know your own voice. Maybe you’re not Don Pardo. Maybe you’re more Don Knotts. That’s fine; there’s work out there for you. When you see a job posting or audition request and it says “movie trailer,” be on guard because–trust me–they’re looking for a LaFontaine soundalike.

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If you have an accent, use it to your advantage. Look for voice work that goes well with your particular talent. If you have an ear for accents, go for it. But the question to ask yourself is, can I fool a native speaker? If you don’t think you can, I’d avoid dealing with accents.

Ladies, the more you sound like the all-American housewife, the better off you are. Unless a regional accent is called for, avoid it at all costs. YouTube is chock full of examples for both male and female actors.

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

Voiceover artist Bob Hennessy

Don’t limit yourself to the commercial areas. There is a ton of work out there for corporate presentations, explainer videos, industrial voiceovers, and even VOIP (that’s answering machine work). They don’t pay a ton of money, but it’s a sure way to keep your skills up to speed.

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I’ve always found that listening to the casting director or carefully reading the casting notice is absolutely mandatory. They’ll usually direct you according to what the client or agency has specified to them. In some cases, a casting director will send you in the opposite direction as a test of your skills in taking direction.

Most important, though, is to know what your voice is, what your limits are, and where your talents lie. Practice doing three or so reads of the same copy with different phrasing or timing to hear how it differs from read to read. And one more thing–as silly as this sounds–pay attention to those horrid commercials that interrupt NCIS or Modern Family or whatever it is that you’re watching at the time. I know it’s against your nature, but put down that remote and listen to the voice actor for timing, phrasing, and clarity.

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Coming up: Mike Sargent’s interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

 

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Lessons For Female Entrepreneurs | Previewing ‘Beyond The Lights’ | In VO-Know Your Voice

2014 American Express Open Forum: CEO Bootcamp
Photo credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates.

November 10, 2014 | Posted in Film, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), TV Production | By

 

2014 American Express Open Forum: CEO Bootcamp Photo credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates.

2014 American Express Open Forum: CEO Bootcamp
Photo credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates.

I am always amazed at how quickly the weeks go by, especially when it’s the holiday season. I can’t believe it’s the start of a new week already. Just last week Monday, I was at the Sheraton Times Square attending an all-day event for female entrepreneurs. The free event was sponsored by American Express and was called the OPEN FORUM: CEO BOOTCAMP. When fellow entrepreneur–Suncera Johnson, founder of Amass Digital–told me about the event, I decided to check it out and I’m glad I did. The day featured 30-45 minute breakout sessions on topics like “Standing Out in a Crowded Marketplace,” “Workshops on Strategies For Small Business,” and “Bootcamp For Your Books.” I paid very close attention to the session entitled “Social Media Power Hour” and sat in on the “Social Media Lab for Twitter and Pinterest.” The experts heading up those sessions had a lot to say and gave good advice that any business or brand could use. Designer Diane von Furstenberg was on hand for a panel discussion where she shared the story of how she built her brand, and she doled out a bit of advice for a couple of up-and-coming designers.

 

2014 American Express Open Forum: CEO Bootcamp Photo credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates.

2014 American Express Open Forum: CEO Bootcamp
Photo credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates.

 

The event featured the sessions in several ballrooms and the ladies had a chance to have their photos taken in front of a snazzy step and repeat wall. This event was perfect for me since I am a die-hard American Express fan. Those membership points have paid for many a vacation. LOL! I’ve been an American Express member since college, and I’m usually quite put off when a merchant doesn’t take the card, which happens often when I travel internationally.

However, my favorite session at the OPEN FORUM: CEO BOOTCAMP was the one led by TV personality JJ Ramberg entitled “The Perfect Pitch” where we learned to refine our company pitch into a 30-second elevator pitch. Once Ramberg gave us instructions on what to do, each table of entrepreneurs had to come up with a pitch and practice on each other. The exercise was challenging, but very useful in the end. Later this month, I will be sharing more of what I learned along with my fellow female entrepreneurs.

Beyond The Lights

Beyond The Lights

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Director and writer Gina Prince-Bythewood is one entrepreneur who is very busy these days. On Friday, her latest film Beyond the Lights–a modern-day love story starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker–opens in theaters nationwide. The writer and director has a great track record in Hollywood and fans of her highly successful debut film Love & Basketball are waiting to see if she’s done it again. Prince-Bythewood will join us on Arise On Screen on Saturday, but host Mike Sargent sat down with her for a radio interview and asked her what the new film meant to her.

Prince-Bythewood had this to say: “This film is very important to me. It’s a story that’s been locked in my head for many, many years. It’s really about a young woman who’s pushed into a highly sexualized persona to get ahead in the music industry, and it works. She becomes very successful, but at a cost, and the film is really about that cost to her soul.”

This week on Ready4Air (Film), more of Mike Sargent’s interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

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We are ecstatic to have another guest post from voiceover artist Bob Hennessy. I met Bob during the holiday season last year and he’s a former veteran television cameraman who has reinvented his career and I love it. Doing voiceover work may appear easy, but it is harder than it looks. It turns out that doing voiceovers is one part of having a good voice along with being a good actor.

This week in Ready4Air (TV), Bob writes about finding your voice as a voiceover artist. Hennessy lets us know that, “First of all, you know your own voice. Maybe you’re not Don Pardo. Maybe you’re more Don Knotts. That’s fine; there’s work out there for you.”

That is good news. If you know your voice then you could be working it.

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And finally, if you are in New York City on Tuesday, November 11, join me at the latest Savor The Success event. I will be the guest speaker for the NYC LIVE Mastermind: How to Master the Art of Being Interviewed. As an entrepreneur, you and your brand will want press at some point. When you get in front of the camera, you want to be ready for air and I will be giving tips on how to be your best before the cameras.

During the intimate group session, I will share the following:

• How to increase your comfort level appearing in front of any media audience and how to use your own particular style with ease to get your message across
• Discover how to handle challenging questions
• Use the power of three to tell stories concisely and efficiently anywhere
• Design an effective website, YouTube channel, and sizzle reel to maximize your media appearance

These tips will take you and your business to the next level. So make a little time to top by and say hi.

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Coming up: Mike Sargent’s interview with Gina Prince-Blythewood

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Ready4Air (Gimme The Mic) |The Daily Auditioner: Home Recording Your Voiceovers

Bob Hennessy Editing

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Pros Talk TV And Social Media, Social TV | By

Bob Hennessy, VoiceOver Artist

Voiceover artist Bob Hennessy

By Bob Hennessy

Hi, again. This will be my second installment of my post to the blog, and this time I’d like to concentrate on home recording your voiceovers. Recording at home is convenient and you can set up a very good home recording studio for under $1,000. I won’t be listing any specific recommendations, but anyone wanting more info can email me at rhennessy@nyc.rr.com.

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

Voiceover artist Bob Hennessy

Good Microphone

I strongly suggest you obtain a good-quality microphone. Of all the equipment, the microphone is the most important part because it is responsible for making your sound quality crystal clear. You can cheat on anything else, just not the mic. Now, there is no need to jump out there and purchase a $10,000 Neumann, but there are lots of really good mics out there for around $200. If you are looking for a local place, some stores will allow you to try out two or three so you can hear the difference.

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Voiceover Artist, Bob Hennessy Editing

Voiceover artist Bob Hennessy editing.

Editing Tools

Next in the home recording toolbox is an analog to digital converter. This will transport your recording onto your computer. A good pair of headphones is a must and you’ll need an audio editing program. For voiceover projects and auditions, there is a FREE program called Audacity that is perfect for voiceover work.  It is easy to use and has a really supportive help forum.

Now that you have all the tools to make your home recordings, the next question is, where do I record my voiceovers?

Location, Location, Location.

Short of building or buying a sound booth, there are a number of options, depending on where you live. If you’re out in the suburbs or the country, chances are you have a room away from commotion. I live in a New York City apartment, not far from a main drag that contains buses, trucks, firetrucks, and every now and then, an ambulance.

Blocking out unwanted outside noise can be a huge obstacle, but it can be done. We have a few walk-in closets in the apartment and convincing my spouse to dedicate an entire closet for my voiceover work wasn’t going to happen. I realized that utilizing what was in the closet would help to absorb any outside noises. Adding a few soundproofing pieces of material, it did just what I expected.

Closet tip: The heavier the clothing in the closet, the “deader” that space becomes. Although it’s a tad claustrophobic at times, it makes for a pretty decent recording environment.

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Once you have your home recording studio set up, give yourself some good lighting and you’re off to the races.

I’ll discuss more about how to get good quality home recording in the next segment.

Keep talking all.

Bob H.

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Thanks Bob!

Coming Up: Behind the scenes with a Reality TV Producer

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead |Recording Your Voiceovers At Home |The “Real” In Reality TV

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

March 24, 2014 | Posted in Pros Talk TV And Social Media, Social TV, TV Production | By

 

Image 2Hopefully this week will bring us the last bit of winter weather. While spring arrived on March 20, the weather forecast has snow in the our future. Ugh! While the cold weather lingers on, the Ready4Air team is working on a few projects for the spring and summer. We’ve lined up several new series and plan to bring back a couple of past favorites including, “Tell Me…How Did You Get Into Television?” and “Tell Me…How Did You Get Into Social Media?” If you are interested in being featured please reach out to us and we’ll put you in the mix.

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

Voiceover Artist Bob Hennessy

Speaking of series, this week on Ready4Air we are continuing our series, “Gimme The Mic” with Bob Hennessy’s post on recording voiceovers at home. Hennessy is a retired veteran network cameraman who has found a new career in the voiceover industry. In his most recent post Bob shared ideas on how to improve your auditions. This week Bob is going to concentrate on home recordings.  He writes “you can set up a very good home recording for way under $1000” -sounds like a pretty good deal to me.  Read more about setting up a voiceover studio at home later this week.

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Another one of our upcoming series is a, behind the scenes, look at the world of television reality shows. In the next few weeks, Ready4Air will get up close and personal with  a reality show producer, a reality show creator and a former reality show participant to find out the “real”  when it comes to reality TV.

Reality shows have been around for a long time, remember “Cops” and  MTV’s “Real World”?  But the relaunch of reality  television was back in 2000 with the launch of Mark Burnett’s “Survivor.”  Now, almost 15 years later no one could have predicted that reality television would evolve and still be around and thriving. The genre is a big money maker  for the television industry and it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon.  In our series we will take a look at this growing industry.

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Countdown to “on-air” can be a roller coaster of emotions for talent and crew all depending on what is going on minutes before airtime. Every person has a designated job and we all know anything can happen and, in television, it usually does. Looking back at the picture above, I can only guess what was happening in the moment for both Steve Ramey (show’s line producer) and Larry Michaels (show’s director) as they were looking over their shoulders.  This week Ready4Air goes behind the scenes minutes before a show goes to air.

So stay tuned.

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Coming Up: The “Real” in Reality TV

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Gimme The Mic) | Voiceover Work And The Daily Auditioner

Bob Hennessy, VoiceOver Artist

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Pros Talk TV And Social Media, Social TV, TV Production | By

Bob Hennessy Editing

By Bob Hennessy

First of all, I’d like to thank Deborah for inviting me to post on her blog.

As a regular voice auditioner, both from studios and from my home setup, I’ve learned a few tricks along the way. I would like to give you a few ideas to improve your auditions. Some you may already know but may overlook them from time to time. Consider these tips as friendly reminders.

Practice, Practice, Practice

First, practice, practice, practice, not only commercial copy, but all kinds of copy. Sites like Voices.com or Voice123 will provide you with a vast array of different reads every day. The fee to join is not that expensive and your first booking will probably cover the cost anyway.

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Bob Hennessy in action

Enjoy Your Studio Auditions

Second, go to and enjoy those pesky studio auditions. Honestly, I think they are fun because each one is an adventure. Remember, the client has given the casting director a very specific idea of what they want and it’s so important to listen to direction and follow it carefully. The smart casting folks will usually say, “Do a read for me your way and we’ll work from there.” Don’t be surprised if they take you in a few different directions. Many times, that’s to see if you can follow direction and change the read on the fly.

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Develop and Keep Character Voices

Third, develop and keep up with your character voices, whether it’s an accent or a character you’ve created. I have what I call my “Walmart” voice, my “Jersey (Joisey) voice, and my “Emerald Isle” voice. Being a Hennessy helps with that one.

Bob Hennessey 2009 Headshot

Finally, be prepared for ANYTHING at an audition. Maybe you’ll have to read with two or three other people, or maybe it’s a product or service you have no clue about. I once auditioned for a condom company in Sweden and they wanted someone to sound as if they were making the female reader orgasm! Nothing is off the table, especially when they’re ready to pay you handsomely to do it.

All the best and keep talking,

Bob H.

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Coming Up: The Power of Youtube

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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