I’d like to tell you that my path to becoming a fulltime voiceover artist was easy and direct and filled with sweet, smaller jobs that slowly, slowly lead to the big, national jobs I’ve booked.
But that would be a lie.
In fact, my path to voiceover work started with me dropping out of college after my sophomore year. With $500 and an acting scholarship, I headed to New York at 20, bright-eyed and optimistic.
You can probably imagine what comes next. Acting conservatory >> waiting tables >> occasional acting gigs >> audition after audition and rejection after rejection >> pressure to finish my B.A. and get ‘a real job.’
Somehow, I managed to keep my feet in both worlds. I found a worker bee job at a major TV network here in New York, but I kept pursuing my creative life and stumbled into voiceover work.
And it felt like familiar…..like I found my tribe.
That said, my default conditioning is that “It’s gotta be hard to happen.” So while I found the right voice coach. And continued to practice and practice and practice. I made going after voice overs feel like w-o-r-k and that greatly affected my bookings. It also didn’t help that I spent a few years telling myself I must climb the corporate ladder.
Eventually I accepted the not knowing where to turn or what to do.
I started to journal every day and I read every self-development book I could get my hands on. I found a video of Wayne Dyer chanting and I chanted with him every morning (much to the chagrin of my husband and son.)
Through all this, the façade of who I should be and should sound like started to fall away. I stopped listening to the ‘have tos’ and started listening to myself. I quit trying to make my voice sound like everyone else’s. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I think I am finally becoming who I’m meant to be….not fully there, yet. I’m sure a lot closer.
P.S. Hear more about my journey to finding my voice on the radio show, The Mental Sherpa.
P.S.S. I’m currently booking new projects! If you think I might be the right voice for your product, listen to my demos here or get in touch here!