VOICE. TALENT.
"...has worked on 10,000+ scripts..."
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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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Monday
Mar 2014

In the study of Meditation, we are taught to be in the “pause”.  Simply, this means to allow for space between thoughts. In voice-overs, equally important is the pause, also between thoughts, phrases, or sentences. Working with thousands of scripts over the years, I am always refining the pause, perfecting the timing.   It feels intuitive, something you just know.  But whether innate or learned, the rhythm of a script is indeed musical.  As each script hums along, slow and thoughtful or quick and high energy, the pauses are of utmost importance in bringing it to life, at times making it sound conversational,[...]

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Monday
Mar 2014

When talking about feedback in the realms of audio, we are all familiar with what that sounds like!  In regards to feedback from our clients or boss, or friends and family for that matter, it’s a very different thing, but it can sometimes sound as excruciating! Personally, I LOVE feedback… the verbal kind, that is.  This could be a result of growing up in a family where everything was judged, for good or for bad...you become addicted to it.  Even as a very young child, I would ask at the dinner table, “How am I doing, Oma?”  That was a bit[...]

I’m so glad it’s over! For the first time in decades, I recently had an on-camera commercial audition.  You would think, since I have VOICED thousands of commercials that it might be a walk in the park.  More like a trudge up one side of the mountain and a very fast descent! There are so many scenarios that could throw one for a loop in an audition.  For me, it’s usually about “messing” up the words, out of nervousness. So, I memorized the very short script for days in preparation.  I must have said the four short sentences 200 times! The feedback from the[...]

Tone of voice is pretty much everything in the business of voice-overs.  I am often amazed at how many different voices and feelings I can express, simply with a shift in my tone.  Even within one sentence, I can change my tone to offer my clients very different interpretations of their scripts. When recording an audition, I (used to) record my name at the end of my audition. That is, I recorded the script sample and then, in the same tone of voice, I recorded my name which I then cut and paste to the beginning of the audition.  That ensured that I'd[...]

Sometimes I feel like a terrible Mom. With a voice-over business at home, there are times I sit, feeling guilty, in my studio thinking I could be interacting with my kids, listening to them read, or helping them with an activity.  Instead, I make them their afternoon snack, put on a moderately educational show, and make use of the 30-60 minutes I have while they are quietly zoned out on the tube.  Or, I put them to bed and tell them I can only lie with them for 5 minutes because I have to record.  Or, I yell at them to[...]

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