Maybe no one has ever asked you that question or…maybe they have and you just haven’t discovered the answers yet. Voice acting means so much more to me than just performing in my booth to deliver the story that needs to be told. For me, voice acting is an endless journey of discovery about myself and how can I now share that with my clients.
I have spent 17 years working in the healthcare field and it has allowed me to be a part of so many lives and living life alongside amazing human beings. It is in all these chapters of my journey in healthcare and physical therapy that I got to listen to the universe speak back to me through the families I served.
I have traveled some of the most beautiful back roads of the Midwest, where branches swoop across the roadside shaking hands with the seeds that gave them life and whispers that can only be heard when I am truly present in nature’s booth. These moments from life and nature can teach us many things that call our attention as voice actors.
– We need to listen before allowing our eyes to see what is written.
– The beauty of nature demands your feelings to fully understand it. Like acting.
– Know that it is never about you…ever.
– The time you give is the greatest currency.
– Don’t ever dismiss grace in all that you bring behind the mic…let it happen.
Listening to the needs of my patients and now the needs of my scripts intent
I have spent thousands of hours sitting at bedsides, kitchen tables, chairs, hospital beds and front porches listening to voices of my patients telling me how I can offer them help. Many times it is the safety of walking without falling, standing up without losing their balance and most importantly…just being present in their moment to honor their words.
Life has a funny way of speaking to you when you decide that your ready to listen without being demanding from it. We often ask, seek, pray, desire and cry out to the world to just hear us and listen to our problems…but I have learned that the solutions make themselves present as we fulfill the needs of others. Voice acting is life that happened, is happening or needs to happen from a voice that will quench the thirst of its writer.
For all of you voice actors out there…I respect you so much and truly ache, cry and share the pains of this beautiful journey we are in. We have a responsibility and need to make it our mission to be the best voice actor, human being and friend we can discover in ourselves as we serve others in this work of entertainment.
– Take time to hear the needs of others and your cup will be filled.
– Make someone else’s pain a victory in your reads…then share it with them.
– Voice acting is soul work often looking for an exit to be heard.
– The client knows what they want…until they don’t. Be patient.
– Do your homework and cultivate the characters in your voice acting.
– Be honest with your talents…the rest YOU will catch up when your ready.
– Your voice is POWERFUL…so give your SOUL permission to speak.
I know I speak a lot of coming from the source of ones center or the soul of the voice…I just truly believe that IT all lives there for me as a voice actor. I have tried hard to collaborate my own journeys and life’s experiences with others into the work and love of voice acting that I give today. I love the life of people and the stories they bring into our lives and sometimes we are the only ones who can extract their emotions that need to be heard and felt. I am never done and nor will this voice acting journey ever have a final page of success…it just keeps breathing and flowing onto the shores for the next voice that is needed from me. As always, I appreciate every second you give.