Voice Over… a sense of community.
There is something unique about voice over and the people who do it. We enjoy is a sense of community that I’m not sure exists in other professions. It shows up in a variety of ways; an instant kinship when meeting a fellow voice actor for the first time; the joy you feel for your VO friend who books something that you also auditioned for; the eagerness to share information to help others attain success. I felt that kinship from day one on my voice over journey I feel it still even after more than 30 years as a voice actor. We like each other. We cheer each other on. We support each other.
Voice Over… the unexpected benefit of the workout group.
When I began doing voice over in LA, I took a lot of classes and private coaching. I wanted to continue training, but it began to cost more than I could afford at the time. While waiting to audition in the lobby at The Voice Caster, I overheard two VO vets talking about their Voice Over Workout group. Sounded like a good idea, so with a few of my VO contemporaries, I began a bi-weekly workout group. The idea was to get better by challenging ourselves and critiquing each other. But there was a benefit I didn’t foresee. In the 15 or 20 minutes before reading copy, we talked to each other about what was happening on our individual VO journeys; booking, or not booking, the relationship with our agents, and the ups and downs that our non-VO friends and family couldn’t understand. Having a sounding board of people who could understand and empathize was invaluable.
Voice Arts® Award-winning Voice Actor and Voiceover Coach