VOICE. TALENT.
"...ability with pronunciations is remarkable!..."

Every so often, I come back to thinking about the minimum I require to maintain ongoing, good health and well-being. While I don't always achieve them, my minimum requirements generally include 8 ½ hours of sleep, balanced nutrition, and solitude daily. Delving deeper into the world of social media marketing, I also consider the minimum required for maximum effect. I like to keep things simple - do what is crucial for the health of my business when time only allows for the minimum. When I started my business in 2006, I knew that having an online presence was vital and at the time,[...]

It’s the beginning of June and I am hoping it’s safe to plant seeds for my container garden.  A haphazard gardener, I don’t follow every rule or plant exactly when I should. Too much sun, not enough sun, too much rain, not enough rain - all conditions that throw off my already improvised gardening. I’m not exacting, but conscientious. Yet again, my business is a great analogy for so many things in life and nature, and my business development style is much like my gardening style: …planting a spectrum of seeds, nourishing them and protecting them with various conditions, resulting in[...]

I had the privilege of leading a portion of a communications workshop with Mary Jane Copps, The Phone Lady, and coached two dozen people on how to voice a commercial. Breaking down the steps for the workshop was a great exercise in my own recognizing that there is indeed skill and talent required to record scripts that I have honed over the years.  You see, I didn't really realize all that goes into voicing material, until I had to dissect it because, to be honest, I never thought what I do is all that unique or skillful. While I am[...]

Sounding cold-free/allergy-free is pretty much vital as a voice-over actor.  And, there are three things that I can’t live without when it comes to my vocal health.  As it turns out more importantly, there are three things that I need to live without… My three no-no’s used to be controversial, but lately it seems there are a lot of people on the band wagon. While I have a weakness for them, they make me weak in body and mind.  In no particular order, they are (decadent) dairy, (wicked) wheat, and (astonishing) sugar.  Without those three elements in my life, I am[...]

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Monday
May 2014

I’m not naïve about the fact that I am dispensable as a voice actor and…yes, as a mother. As a voice talent, I am one small fish in a very big pond and am well aware that many other voice actors could fill my shoes in a heart-beat. As a mother, it HAS occurred to me that I’m also replaceable.  Millions of others do what I do and could indeed replace me on any given day. So what in the world makes me so special or unique? Well, perhaps it’s not that I’m special at all, but that I am working – I am working[...]

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Monday
May 2014

Back in the 1990’s I had the unique opportunity to work as a singing waitress at a couple of different restaurants.  Both jobs proved to be some of the best I’ve ever had - I hustled, serving tables, making cash in hand quickly, while also allowing a place for my love of singing and performance AND impressing customers, thus encouraging larger tips. To say it was a unique situation, is an understatement.  Singing for restaurant customers, often right up to their table, was very intimate.  And, when someone said, “Okay, sing for me!” you did it right there on the spot.[...]

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Monday
Apr 2014

You may be familiar with the phrase “don’t take anything personally”, if you've read “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.  Even if you haven’t read the book, it’s a lesson we all can learn at some point, especially in business. And, while it’s taken me decades to live that lesson, I have always managed to keep from personalizing in my own business.  I am very comfortable with the idea that my voice just wasn't what the client was looking for that day.  It might be perfect for someone else on any other day. The voice-over business is competitive, to say[...]

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Monday
Apr 2014

When interpreting a voice-over script, I always need to take into consideration any direction I am given.  Before uttering a word, I scan the script for direction details. For example, a client might simply write “happy, upbeat”, or “with a smile”, or “testimonial style”.  These are all very easy to fulfill.  I welcome the opportunity to interpret the direction to the best of my ability. Sometimes, I am given no direction at all, but am simply forwarded a script.  I quite love that.  I am given the freedom to decipher it myself.  I always look at the advertiser, take into consideration the[...]

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Monday
Apr 2014

When I started my own voice-over business 8 years ago, someone asked me, “What will your working hours be?”  My answer was immediate - “24/7.”  Since I had a 6 month old baby, I wasn’t exactly surprised by the question.  I think they might have been surprised by the answer. As an entrepreneur, I don’t know a business where your hours are not 24/7.  And even with the commitment of a very young baby, I knew that I would need to be flexible, both with my business and my home life.  To think this was before Smart Phones, and only at the precipice[...]

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Monday
Apr 2014

Occasionally people tell me that I’ve said something wrong.   I may not necessarily be offending them (although I have certainly been guilty of that), but pronouncing a word “wrong”.  For the most part, I prefer to think I’m pronouncing the word “incorrectly for the region”. It is well-known that Canadians and Americans say “out” and “about” differently.  I’ve come across several other words that I need to watch when recording.  Words such as premier, route, process, produce, adult, and organization, can be pronounced differently.  Further, some words can be the same in certain parts of the States, but different in others. Most[...]

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