August 2013 E-Letter

www.marczumoff.com                   August 1, 2013

                                                                                                               Volume 1, Issue 2
What we do…
     Breaking in as a broadcast performer is a daunting task.  Advancing your career once you’re in the business can be just as difficult.  The competition is fierce.  Prospective employers can be difficult and elusive.  And then there are the questions about your demo.  How do you produce examples of your work?  What do you put out there for people to see?     At www.marczumoff.com , we take care of everything.  That’s everything having to do with developing your career as a broadcasting performer.  That includes:

  • Personalized 1-on-1 performance coaching
  • Demo production
  • Cultivating employment leads by developing and preserving contacts within the industry
  • A personal webpage
  • Telephone, text, email or personal contact any time you need it
  • No contract time limit-our service is for a lifetime

Contact Marc at www.marczumoff.com or  marczumoff@comcast.net. Send samples of your work and get feedback at no obligation. Then, ask all the questions you’d like about our personal, comprehensive, accessible career development for aspiring news and sports broadcast performers. (c)

 

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Client Profile: 

Shaheed Morris
A brief bio on Mr. Morris:

    Shaheed M. Morris is a native of Trenton, N.J. He graduated from Trenton Central High School and has spent most of his career in New Jersey. He started his journalism career at age 16 as a reporter for his high school newspaper, The Spectator. He has been a freelance writer for The Trentonian.
Despite his dream of becoming a journalist, Mr. Morris unexpectedly enrolled in mortuary school. It was not a good choice – he asked too many questions for the funeral industry. Soon, he returned to his chosen career path, enrolling in Thomas Edison State College to study Communications. His questions are welcomed.
Mr. Morris loves politics and history, and he especially enjoys stories about political corruption. When he isn’t chasing a story, he can be found at church or visiting with friends on social media. He is a member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Currently:
     Mr. Morris is writing for the Trentonian Newspaper, covering city issues and the government. He is finishing up his undergrad studies in Communications at Thomas Edison State College. His career goal is to become a TV news reporter, and Marc Zumoff is coaching him on how to become a better dialect-free speaker.
Client News:
    Jon Mozes has been promoted as the #1 announcer for the Gary (Ind) Southshore RailCats, an independent minor league baseball team

    Allen Faul is producing, doing sports updates and hosting a talk show for Townsquare Media in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Check out his page  http://www.faulsports.com
    Daniel Craig, a Temple University student, is interning with the Preston and Steve Show, the morning show on Philadelphia’s WMMR-FM
    James Seltzer is now a producer at 97.5 The Fanatic, a sports talk station in Philadelphia
    Matt Neder is now an Executive Producer/On-Air talent at Caulkins Media, a multimedia company that covers the Philadelphia suburbs.
Marc Zumoff’s Blog

At Your Own Risk: A Peak Behind the Curtain

-“Put your energies into getting better and getting out of the market.”

Click below to read the full blog!

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Coming Fall 2014!

    Sportscasting: Performance, Production and Career Development by Marc Zumoff and Max Negin is set to be published by Focal Press in Spring 2014.

This is from a chapter on Research and Relationships:

Trust is defined by the dictionary as the reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.  As a sportscaster, you have to be confident in the resources and people that purport to supply you with the facts necessary to get your job done.  From play-by-play to reporting, from anchoring to sports talk, the trust factor is pervasive.

Cultivating that sense of trust often comes with time, experience and a sense of discipline; literally self-checking yourself to be sure you know something is right before you put it on the air.  That’s not always easy considering the constant pressure of deadlines.  The myriad of available resources and sources tantalizingly beckon you, presenting themselves as quick and easy founts full of “facts.”  That’s why you need to ask yourself the ‘trust question’ before you use anything.  Can I trust this publication, website, or news account?  Can I trust this person is telling me the truth?

Determining what resources you can trust will ultimately allow viewers and listeners to trust you.  Diligently doing your research and vetting the resources you rely on will go a long way toward cementing that relationship.  Looking and sounding the part purely from a performance standpoint is good, but your true credibility as a sportscaster will also play a big part in determining your ultimate success.

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In Other News…
    There’s always the temptation to be outrageous, to rise about the din and the crush of competing media. Just be careful to be sensible and not go to far…

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PCN Profiles Marc Zumoff
    Watch this video  and learn about Zumoff’s relationship with the NBA players, how he prepares for games, and find out how he scored his dream job with the Philadelphia 76ers on Comcast Sportsnet.
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Zumoff’s Schedule for August

On Friday August 9, Marc will be appearing at Wildflowers Too, 255 Rt. 156, Yardville NJ just outside of Trenton from 6:45PM-9PM.  Marc will be hosting a Phillies viewing party along with Phillies bingo.  Come out and have some fun with the TV voice of the 76ers!

One Last Word!

On August 17 at precisely 1:28pm, Marc will be celebrating the 19th anniversary of the exact moment he got word he would be the television play-by-play voice of the Philadelphia 76ers.  Marc’s good friend Jon Slobotkin was with him when he received the call and took note of the event on a piece of paper.  Marc framed the paper as a reminder to him…and to you…that dreams can come true.

Displayed above is a picture of the piece of paper with the exact time that Marc officially achieved his dream. It reads: “1:28pm- Wednesday, August 17, 1994”

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