Audio: Live Webinar With Hollywood VO Agent Ilko Drozdoski

by Kevin Delaney

Thanks to everyone who attended our live Webinar with Ilko Drozdoski of the TGMD agency! It was one of our best & most informative events yet. If you missed it, or are dying to re-experience it, we’ve got the replay for you: (53 minutes)

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Ilko Drozdoski

In October 1999, Ilko started as an assistant with what was then called the Tisherman Agency. Today, he co-owns the company!

TGMD (Ilko is the “D”) is home to world-class voiceover talent, and one of the top agencies in Los Angeles. I’m fortunate to be represented by TGMD, and to have Ilko as my agent.

In our Webinar, Ilko and I talk in-depth about the voiceover business from an agent’s perspective. We take live questions from listeners, and cover topics such as:

 

  • What it’s been like representing voiceover heavyweights, such as the legendary Don LaFontaine.
  • What Ilko loves to see (and hear) in an actor — and what causes him to say “no thanks.”
  • The all-important voiceover demo: How to structure yours so it will be listened to for more than five seconds.
  • Should an actor include a headshot when submitting a demo to VO agents?
  • How the agents at TGMD decide which actors to call in for an audition.

  • Mistakes VO artists make that cause them to lose jobs.
  • How to gracefully leave an agency if you feel it isn’t working out.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Richard Wentworth January 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Looks great — I’ll be there!

Paolo Balestri January 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Grandioso. Farò in modo di esserci.

Suzanne January 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm

You’re always on top of giving your readers/students/followers very hot, useful information. Thank you for sharing such empowering and meaningful webinars. Looking forward to it. I’m in!
Suzanne

George Whittam February 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

Darn, I’d love to listen in to this one but I’ll be talking to the members of SAG in Los Angeles with David H. Lawrence about starting a home studio. Ilko’s a great person to connect with, don’t miss this one!!

Randye Kaye February 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Wow, Kevin – what a great seminar. Ilko, you rock! Thanks for useful info I can use both as a talent (gonna go put the funny commercial cut up front on my demo now…) and as a VO Coach with Edge Studio in NY/CT. Thanks!
Randye

Glenn Howard February 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Hey, Kevin – just wanted to say, thanks for hosting this incredibly informative interview. Great job!

Best wishes,
Glenn

Barry Campbell February 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Kevin,

Just wanted to let you know that the Ilko Drozdoski webinar was one of the VERY BEST seminars I’ve attended! Your questions were right on, and Ilko was a real straight shooter and actually answered the question asked, instead of drifting off on tangents like so many do. I was genuinely impressed with both of you!!

THANK YOU for arranging these free online events – they are invaluable to an up-and-comer like me!

Again, congrats on a GREAT EVENT!

Cheers,
Barry Campbell
San Diego

Debbe Hirata February 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Kevin-Thank you so much for the informative, insightful and entertaining podcast with your agent Ilko Drozdoski. No BS. No hype. Just facts about the business of voice over. It is the best interview I have heard about the voiceover industry from a top agent’s perspective … and I really, really appreciate it!

Dustin Rubin February 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Hi Kevin,

Just wanted to say thanks to you and Ilko for the most recent webinar. Terrific stuff. As a voice actor who is getting back into the game after some time off, I really appreciate that you made this (and all of your webinars) so accessible, direct, and fun.

Larry Hudson February 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Once again Kevin has brought to the mic via the Webinar a conversation/discussion worth every minute it takes to listen! There was such good information from the perspective of the agent on this Webinar. It has been invaluble for me especially because I am looking to secure more regional agents. Thanks again Kevin!

Natalie Cooper February 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Hi Kevin
Thanks so much for putting this on your site as a download. Much as I would have loved to, getting up at 3am to listen live was just never going to happen!
Loads of useful information, and an eye opener as to how things work in LA, very different to the UK market. Very much hope I might get a chance to say hi when I’m over later in the month.
Best wishes.

Pearl Hewitt February 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Hi Kevin and Ilko,
This was a great webinar to listen to. Great information and…. great quality of sound too! I regularly listen to webinars but some are difficult to concentrate on because the sound quality is so bad. This was easy-listening and I felt as if I was right there in the studio with you. The information you dished out was invaluable and I’m so pleased I listened in.
I’m British but live in Houston, Texas, with my own modest home studio but sometimes it’s difficult to get local work because I’m not really what clients are looking for. I need to expand and look for agents outside of Texas. Your information has motivated me to do something about that.
Thank you again. So much!!
Pearl Hewitt

Barbara Ann Horne February 21, 2011 at 3:19 am

Wow! All my questions answered in just 53 minutes? It was by far the best info I have heard since I became a Voice Talent! Thank you to you both for your time, I really appreciated it!

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