Here’s my “Why”:
To use my voice with the purpose of sharing knowledge with others to inspire or enable choices that will help them live their lives to the fullest.
My why runs seamlessly through both my personal and professional lives. Beyond the microphone, I am a community builder. I strive to inspire adventure, ignite curiosity, evoke thought and embrace the unknown; to be a source of “what ifs” and to illuminate experiences which add to others’ own successful journeys. My dearest friend once said “You don’t let your hopes, dreams or creative ideas gather dust. If they are important, you find a way to give them life”.
I’ve shared messages with audiences from children to retirees through radio, television, web, products, apps, and IVR. Beyond the mic, I’ve worked with audiences in the woods, in the classroom, in virtual meetings, in auditoriums and under coconut trees (yes, really!). Because of this, I know – truly know – how to reach every type of listener. I can make the purpose of your project speak to the purpose of their listening and bring it alive.
I was originally trained as a teacher and over the years I have had many paths sprout from that seed, but each one is connected by the golden thread of sharing knowledge with others and helping to empower them to make decisions that can change and better their lives. Whether it’s voicing a medical training on how to use a device to save a life, telling a consumer what sale is going on right now for their dream car, or extolling the wonders of far away lands, I have worked with the country’s top voice over coaches to make extra sure that I’m reaching every single listener.
But being a successful voice actor isn’t just about the finished audio – it’s about respecting the work that has been done before I receive the script, and contributing in a way to make the whole experience positive.
With most projects, voice over is the last element. I’m aware that when I’m sent a script there are a lot of people before me that have worked their tails off to create that commercial, course, or video. When I receive the script, I want to respect those people, their process and their creation and get it right. It’s a priority to me not only to deliver the sound you need, but also to have that audio be of excellent quality and in your hands before the deadline bell rings.
Trust me on this. If you’d like your why to speak with their why, then let my why work its magic. However your message travels, I will give it life.
On the lighter side of things…
My absolute favorite quote, and one I always go back to:
“This is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.” – George Bernard Shaw
Recently, I also added one to our refrigerator from a movie my kids love:
“If you only do what you can, you will never be more than you are now.” – Shifu, Kung Fu Panda 3
What makes me feel successful?
When I know, in any situation, that I have done the absolutely best I can
My Favorite Place:
The New England seacoast, for many reasons. I grew up going to the beach. It’s a place where I can sit in a chair from 7am – 4:30pm and still feel as though I’ve been totally productive all day. It’s the only place where I can look out and see the unobstructed horizon. Crazy as it sounds, it gives my eyes and heart a breath of relief just to look. A clean line that just keeps going. And the sounds and smell lull me into a nap – which is the only time I take a nap, ever, so that’s pretty powerful in my book.
Favorite animals: Dogs (pure joy and unconditional love), birds (power of flight), sloths (lesson of living slowly and still surviving) and earthworms (giving me the gift of saving tiny little lives whenever I’m walking in the rain)
Favorite foods: Lemons, pineapples, broccoli, clam spaghetti and a veggie burger…but only if it has bacon on it.