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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[...]

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.[...]

As part of my series on Ten Tips for Talking, "Be Self-Aware" is my number one tip. What does that mean in regards to speaking, presenting, and communicating? In short, becoming aware of HOW you sound can help you improve the sound. #1 TIP FOR USING SELF-AWARENESS TO IMPROVE YOUR VOICE: LISTEN! But how? Record your voice… ...when randomly making assorted types of personal and business phone calls – with a microphone on your phone, computer, or by webcam ...when presenting material to a group ...when working with your voice professionally (listen back to samples of your work) You will hear different tones depending[...]

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Monday
Aug 2014

For those working with your voice – as a trainer, speaker, on the phone or even those interested in tweaking the sound of your voice, here are my personal top ten tips: Be Self-Aware – if interested in improving the sound of your voice for business, or even in general, an awareness of how you sound is the first step. Start by thinking about the following: Do you have a sense of the different voices you use in differing situations? With different people? At various times of day? With certain thoughts or feelings in any given moment? Mentally Prepare –[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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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.[...]

Learning more about my Self is my ultimate goal in my process of evolution and enlightenment.  Knowing thy self, in the voice-over business, is as important as anywhere else.  I attribute much of my success in my business to just that: knowing who I am as a voice-talent and therefore, where I fit in. Fortunately for this business, voice-over work is available in so many directions! Indeed television, radio, and documentary films are where one traditionally might find voice-overs.  However, voicemail has been around for decades now, and business narration is absolutely exploding…not to mention overhead voices, tour voices, video games,[...]

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