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How it all began…in a distant land – not so long ago… I was born in a forest…
OK, not quite! Yes, there were a lot of trees around me in Vancouver, but I’m not a bush baby. Still, my voice over (VO) career started in this far off land.
My singing and acting careers got their legs in Canada. Not gonna tell ya’ll that part of the story, just suffice to say – several years forward, a lot of training and work, I started a more serious look at VO as a new branch to my work.
My experience and desire come from years of people suggesting I’d do well at it, getting the odd job and working with mics, recording studios & my voice, so that made VO a natural fit. I love being in the studio and my singing background has helped me understand a lot about timing, why it’s important, how to be flexible and fast to adjust to what is asked.
As a kid, a friend and I made up our own language that only we 2 understood. Still use it a bit today with family and pets! I can’t seem to help myself wanting to always play with my voice.
Now, here I am with a website, marketing plan, and new voice over Facebook page – Voice Over Brighton & Sussex or VOBS for short. The later is a group page in which anyone wanting to get into the local scene for VO can join. There we network, give tips about voice over and have a place to brag about what you are doing. This is such a solopreneur type of job, the group helps bring us together.
It may be odd to love to go into an airless, windowless, and soundless little room to make all sorts of voices up for corporate jobs to games to animation, but I love it! For me, the voice offers so much to the listener that they can create and live in their own images of the stories I get to tell.
Things I’ve done which helped:
- learned and teach singing and acting
- radio announcer/producer
- acting classes/work
- sing live
- VO courses
- business courses
- music/script training
That’s a bit about how I got into it and why. I’d love to know how I might help you with your project.
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