Elin Barton, White Knight Productions



Elin Barton, White Knight Productions

Today we talk with Elin Barton, the owner of White Knight Productions out of Vestal, New York.  When the business was first conceived, they created high-end video productions for television commercials.  Now, the business has shifted a bit so Elin got creative and invented what she call’s Video Crisps.

She works with production houses around the country to give her clients (according to her website) Fresh, bite-sized and consumable video content that is designed to keep your social media, websites, blogs, and newsletters up-to-date and top of mind.”

Not everybody wants or can afford the top quality video.  It might even be more beneficial to focus on great creative content and be a valuable resource for the target demo.  The great thing is…Elin talks with the client and they figure out a plan that is going to fit them.  It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation.  Elin loves working with people to get the best fit for their video goals.

White Knight is actively looking for



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to be partners in this Video Crisp effort!

Elin also hosts a podcast called “Ready Set Grit“.   She talks with influencers and professionals to help people live “an intentional and successful life with inspiration, tips and a little help from the power of the Universe too.”

Find Elin and White Knight Productions at whiteknightpro.com/contact.html

Check out the podcast here or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher & Google Play.


Pivoting with Skylark Recording

In this episode we talk with Justin Farley, owner of Skylark Recording in Davenport, Ia.  Skylark Recording is a boutique recording studio in Davenport catering towards musicians of all genres.  I sat down with owner, Justin Farley to talk about how he got started & where his business continues to grow.

Farley is a super talented performer and producer. His ability to pivot from marketing toward rock bands to rappers was super smart.

One Night in Charlotte

Saturday night my band, Folk n’ Stages (which consists of Jeremy Folk, my cousin Bob Stage and me…thus “Folk n’ Stages”) played at Markham’s Saloon in Charlotte, IA.

The bar has only been open a few months…so, it’s got that new bar smell…but man, it’s a great little place!  It’s an old time saloon, complete with swinging doors and guns for toilet paper holders…which I assume is period accurate.

And the food!  I was afraid my drummer would be in a food coma before we played, but we made it through!

I invented a new drinking game, that I hope catches on at Markham’s.  The bathrooms are barn doors.  So they don’t swing…they slide!  Being on stage is great when you’re a people watcher like me…so every time someone would use the restroom…they would pull on the door and be confused until someone yelled “Don’t Pull…Slide!”.


Our buddy John Doyle & his wife Jenny who both play in Barncore Betty (great band!) came out & John put together this little wrap up video of the night!



Cropduster Buzzes “Stage Tower”

The family & I were rockin in the garage this weekend.  My wife & I were painting some boards for our porch wall and the kids were riding bikes & begging the adults to stop being so boring.

We had the music cranked, so we weren’t anticipating what came next.  A cropduster buzzed our garage!  I literally ducked as if that was going to help at all if we really were getting a new roof ornament.

I don’t know what it takes to become a crop dusting airplane pilot…but I know I don’t have it.  These guys have some incredible skill to be going up & over wires….the near misses of the houses & barns have to make the blood pressure skyrocket.

No VO was getting done whether I wanted to or not, but we appreciated the show!





My Cousin, The Meme

In 2014 my Aunt posted a picture of a bunch of my cousins from 25 years ago or so. The normal “awe look at how cute they were” comments were made.  But the stand out was my cousin Jenna, who we know to be a smiley, funny, lovely soul…seemed to be having a bad day.


So of course I went right to work adding “grumpy cat” sayings to her picture.

and my personal favorite….

Then more people jumped in…

The very simple but effective…

Even a comparison shot…

But somehow…she never turned into a famous meme.

So I thought I’d try again with VO related meme’s

Feel free to take the original & make one yourself to post in whatever comment thread you’re currently arguing on.

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Bill Stage Interviews VO gal, Amy Jeffries

Ever since college, I’ve known the name “Amy Jefferies”.  She was in a broadcasting program I was in at AIC…a small college that’s since changed names…but Amy graduated a year earlier.  And we all held her in high regard because she got a job on the radio. She was doing exactly what we wanted to do.  She was a legend!

Amy Jeffries has been an incredible wealth of knowledge ever since I started…really, since before I actually started doing VO.



Quick Voice Over Audition {video}

Auditions are a big part of Voice Over land….if you’re lucky.

As with any other VO, I audition for more jobs than I land.  You have to get in the mindset of “The Audition IS The Job”.  Look at it as if it’s all encompassing…even though the invoice only mentions one client.

Here’s a quick video of me doing a commercial voice over.

Bill’s Browser History



Every so often I take a look in my browser history to see if I missed anything important.  Could be an interesting story that I can pass on to friends or a marketing idea that I’d like to implement in my business.

Sometimes, I just make a video and narrate some interesting pages I’ve visited recently. Read more

Artist’s Rendition

My 7 year old daughter, Zoey, and I were talking vacation plans.  Well, not really “plans” so much as tossing out ideas on places to visit if we were given the chance.

We settled on California as our destination because some great friends of ours moved there recently.  Friends…and the fact that the weather is far superior than a Midwest February.  So our reasons to go are adding up.

I told her we needed to save up some money before we could go, because plane tickets for a family of 4 from Illinois to Cali is a little different than a day trip to the Wisconsin Dells.

So, she drew me a picture of my studio and wrote “1,000 for California” at the bottom.

(actually, she wrote “$100,0 for californa” but I believe she did it in a rush, so it’s understandable)

At first I thought she was billing me…but turns out she was willing me some more voice over work.  Seems to be working, so I’ve commissioned her too draw up some more scenarios with dollar amounts attached to it.

Here’s a side by side.


credit: BSVO

credit: BSVO

Old School Equipment



Do you have any old school equipment in your studio or at home? A reel to reel, cassette player, record player?  Or have you evicted all your analog?

Those poor tapes….

It’s super rare…only has happened twice in the last 10 years, that someone has come to me with a reel. Their facial expression clearly anticipating a negative answer, but transformed to shear joy when an affirmative answer arises!

My wife’s friends know I dabble in the realm of audiophiles & brought me a cassette with her grandmother talking into it. She had recently past away and it clearly meant a great deal to her that I was able to transfer the audio to a CD.

That being said, I’m happy I have my digital set up.  I can just “roll tape”, as they say, and let my kids riff. Every once in a while we get a gem, like this incoherent babbling I edited into a lemonade stand commercial.

We’ll call this…my son’s first voice over gig: