What is the goal of this career? Where do you want to take it?
My goal is to use my voice for good (or to project a sinister vibe, or maybe elicit a
belly laugh if I am doing animation!) at this time in my life. I want to be “that” voiceover artist – the one who takes her passion to a new level – and blends it with learning from and networking with the right people at the right times, and who launches a serious career in this as a middle-aged dream chaser.
When did you know you want to do it?
I was a featured actress for a professional touring children’s theatre company in my
early and mid-20s. I walked away from it knowing I wanted to go get a degree
and make a living that could eventually help me come back to it in some way,
shape, or form. I decided in my early
40s I’d become trained as a voice actor by 50 – and by gosh and by golly, I did
What were you doing before?
I ended up going through a graduate program and became an
Organization Development practitioner – I focus on the people side of things,
and have a sweet spot in Leadership Development and Diversity & Inclusion
work. I did a ton of training
development and facilitation along the way as well – so this career has set me
up to understand the whole world of voice e-learning, explainer videos,
emcee-ing events, etc.
What made you want to do voice over work?
I knew I wanted to tap back into my passion for arts and entertainment – and voice acting felt like the right direction for me – I LOVE the idea of using my voice to help people imagine, learn, listen, do,
or just chill to a podcast or TV show.
How did you start?
A friend of mine knew I wanted to do this and sent me a link to
a training that was happening in Milwaukee by a company called Such a
Voice. At first, I was skeptical about
the program – but that company did wonders for me in terms of getting me
started. And those coaching connections led me to the whole world of VO – in
the last year I have been to a conference, attended an e-learning and political
ads VO workshop in NYC, cut my first demos in L.A., have joined social media
groups, have met voice actors and coaches from all over the world, and cut another
demo with one of the best in the industry: J. Michael Collins. (Shout out to Edge Podcast Network for
recording my audio with him patched in remotely from Luxembourg!)
What does voice over work entail?
SO MUCH MORE than just having a great voice! VO work requires you to learn how to run a small business, set up a professional-level home studio (ask me how my partner and I spent countless hours building out my studio!), attend industry conferences, and market the absolute heck out of yourself. You need goals, and you need a plan for how
you’re going to get there. Starting this
at 50 is an awesome thing, because I have the time and the energy to put the
work into this career (although I still have my “day job”, my goal is to make
this my full-time gig within the next few years to round out my professional
career!) Gone are the days when you just get “discovered” – a girl must bust a
move to become known in the VO industry. Especially coming in at this stage in
Have you had to invest in this to start?
Absolutely. I don’t know how one could do this seriously without planning to invest time, energy, and some start-up money. You need to pay for coaching and demo production. You need to buy good equipment. You need to attend conferences. You need to purchase business cards and have a Website. You need to learn how to market yourself and which software is necessary to run the
business and record the VO. I had to be
ready – and I feel fortunate that I was able to put some thought and time into
saving some seed money for my VO career start-up.
What have been the greatest challenges?
Well, one was launching! When you have a full-time job, travel for work, and buy a
new house that needs a studio built, you lose time. I have launched, and I am
at the ready now – not a challenge that