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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[...]

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[...]

EVERYTHING WE DO contributes to creating the life we are in… …choices we make, and those that are made when don't make the choice, contribute to creating our lives. We can choose to be happy or choose to be unhappy. Yes, many things are not in our control, but how we respond is our choice and determines where and how we will land on the other side. I've made a lot of BIG changes to move to different countries in the name of creating the life I want… sometimes taking a step or two back, and THAT's OKAY...all in the name of learning.[...]

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Tuesday
Apr 2015

You have time…as much as any other person in this world, Einstein, Oprah, Bill Gates, or Beethoven - anyone else you deem having more time to learn, progress, gain money, experience, build an empire. Time is a level playing field and this is what is meant by “In good time” and “God speed”… Today is Tuesday. I had to consciously remember today because every day is blending into the next as it does in busier times in our lives. For many of us, it’s a constant barrage of to do lists, emails, and go, go, go. Remember the time when we used to[...]

I am going to touch on something so precious to me that I could write an epic book about it. It is something that we all share equally – not one person on this planet is given more than another and yet it is a resource so valuable that it truly is priceless. It is...time. I’ve always had a sense of the value of my time and understood that where we invest it demonstrates our priorities. It can be eye-opening to share one’s priorities, do the math as to where we actually spend our time, and realize what has taken over as priority, given 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
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,[...]

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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