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Let's talk about freelancing! Not for the faint of heart, a freelance career is LOADED with benefits. Voice Acting and owning a Voiceover Business is the ultimate freelance life. My favo(u)rite company on the planet right now is Freshbooks, an accounting and invoice software company that is blazing a trail of incredible customer service. They put together the infographic below about the life of a freelancer and I thought it apropos to everything I do. I've added my commentary on their points relating to the field of voiceovers. Before you Embark - not sure about their list of must-have's, but the grab bag of[...]

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[gallery ids="1227,1229,1230"] On Saturday, Jan 23rd, I had the privilege of attending VO Buzz Weekly’s 200th Episode taping in North Hollywood, California. The evening exceeded my expectations in every way. MY ANXIETY OVER THE EVENING Going to the show taping required me to leave my cocoon in Santa Clarita Valley, get purdy (a job on it’s own!), drive into L.A. on the Interstate (which I hadn’t done before), and attend an event solo, not knowing anyone. Leading up to Saturday night, I kind of lost my mind a little. I was so worked up I swear I almost passed out on the drive[...]

Moving close to L.A. is providing me with amazing opportunities that will continue be revealed with time. This Saturday, January 23rd, I'm attending the 200th episode taping of VO Buzz Weekly. This event will have Voiceover "All-Stars" attending - actors and industry professionals. I'm kinda freaking out... Not only because I have not yet driven down the I-5 into the city by myself (AND need to squeeze into Spanx), but because I'll be faced with a theatre full of people who do what I do daily and yet, have absolutely no idea who I am. Initially, I consciously decided that I would pass on attending because of the[...]

My initial plan was to write about “finding balance”. I think about it a lot. But, the truth is, I’m constantly seeking it, never arriving at this optimum balance of which I dream. The life of a work-at-home mom / voice-over business owner is a daily balancing act that never really balances out. I don’t know what works for you. Balance is a very personal pursuit. It is constantly in flux and is elusive. However, the process of seeking balance ultimately achieves something close to what I imagine it to be. Here is my personal three-point technique… Choose PRIORITIES If I want to[...]

  To work within the structure of a plan allows me the freedom to live in the moment. I’m a planner. I have been fascinated by, and perhaps obsessed with, time management forever. On that note, I have planned out my blogs for the year already! Gasp! What?!? Yes. But, knowing me, I will absolutely stray from my list. It’s why I’ve rarely picked out my clothes the night before or made a strict meal plan…I like to choose what I’ll wear, eat, or otherwise, when I arrive to that moment. Hypocritical, perhaps…but, to work within the structure of a plan allows me[...]

For the first time in the ten years I've been in business, I recently indulged myself in two voice-over coaching sessions in one week. My decision to have Marc Cashman as my coach was a long-time decision and deliberate plan upon my arrival to California. Being coached exposes my vulnerabilities. I can't deny that being open to feedback can be excruciating, despite my ironic love for it. As I open myself to constructive criticism, I invite comments that even my most critical self has not already commented on. To be honest, it felt painful. I thought I would roll up my sleeves[...]

  For all the communication technology we possess, why is it we still have difficulty getting our message across? For business and for life, here's some help with a round-up of 10 relevant posts: Are you communicating in your "business voice"? Are you undermining your point? How to say it right the first time Is it professional to give out your phone number? Making a speech requires more Telling your story to sell yourself Ten Top Tips for Talking Top Tip for Talking: Self-Awareness What is the truth about your urgent deadline? What is your most genuine, confident voice? Please share, that is, if you[...]

I love to inspire and to be inspired! Here is a collection of 14 of my own inspirational, voice-over business, blog posts for an uplifting, productive day…   Are you enough? Expert advice, the f-bomb, and a VO breakthrough Home is in our heart I Have Confidence! (or do I?) Is it possible to be a Professional Voice-over Mom? Know Thyself – as a voice and in the world Marketing 101 - a life of service Small changes make a big impact The spirit of the entrepreneur Time is a level playing field. Time. Is it worth your investment? Top Tip for Talking: Self-Awareness. Use what[...]

Now in the Pacific Time Zone, I’m up a little later than my friends and colleagues in the Eastern Time Zone where most of my voice work comes from… This means, if I wake at 6am, it’s already 9 and scripts are hopping, work is moving…but, my voice is not. Vocal warm-ups are now more important than ever for me, since I often have to hit the ground running vocally in the mornings. Once everyone has cleared out of the house, my first order of business is to vocally warm up as best as I can, as quickly as I[...]

When anyone asks me if I am passionate about doing voice overs, I respond by saying I’m not passionate about voice overs, but I AM passionate about owning my own business… Rightly or wrongly, it was my honest answer, and yet, this was my closely guarded secret from the voiceover industry and my clients. I figured if I let the cat out of the bag, that I really didn’t have a passion for voiceovers, the coach, producer, or clients would then say, “If you aren’t passionate about voice-over, then you’ll never succeed.” Or worse, say nothing at all and move on. Well, as[...]

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