I was excited to review Kim Snyder’s book, Learning the Ropes. I have had a few people who know her say “She’s a lot like you J.S, only nice” Apparently what they meant was that she’s a pretty straight shooter with lots of varied experience.
The book isn’t a book, but an audio file, that’s about an hour and 20 minutes. One of the nicer things about Kim electing to do this as an audio book is that as she makes points she also illustrates them with her speech. This book wasn’t necessarily written for someone who has 20 years in the industry, but is definitely something I could recommend to most people wanting to get into the business and other professionals who may have limited experience with the varied parts of the v.o. world.
She makes some great points that I appreciate and manages to maintain rather optimistic throughout. She discusses how most people in the business don’t make much money, but then goes on to try and offer encouragement and suggestions that help improve one’s odds. She packs an incredible amount of information in here regarding the unions and financial core, copy interpretation, mechanics of speech, making a demo, getting an agent, online talent pools, even web hosting.
Are there things I think she might have missed? Yes, and a few things I might not totally agree with, but overall I give this two big thumbs up for anyone who has been in the business for less than 2 -3 years or just starting out. Perhaps my only issue is her price point of $49.95. I think that this should be priced more like $25 - $30 to be more competitive with some of the beginner books on the market.