My journey to joining the world of Voice Over started over 30 years ago, well before I ever knew that working as a voice over artist was a profession I could pursue.
Back in 1976, when everyone was celebrating America’s 200th birthday, I was supplementing my reading of 1776 history with history of the 1930s. I loved reading about the early days of the FBI, all of the amazing events and especially about the popularity of radio. I still remember the surge of adrenalin when I heard a recording of Herb Morrison’s eye-witness description of the crash of the Hindenburg.
But what really caught my imagination was a tv show on PBS about the Mercury Theater’s broadcast of the Orson Welles adaption of the War of the Worlds. When I saw the re-enactment of how they made it happen, how they convinced normally rational adults that the world was under attack by invaders from Mars, and then the scandal it caused I was hooked.
As I grew up I still remembered the War of the Worlds broadcast and even came to love the 1950’s movie version. But I still didn’t know that I could be a voice that could influence or entertain.
Flash Forward to 2009 and I am consulting with a web company, helping out with their discussion boards. My early fascination with radio grew and morphed as I grew to love listening to Mets games on lazy summer evenings or as I grew older listening to political talk radio. One evening while monitoring my discussion board, I called into one of the radio shows to answer a trivia question. I got through and introduced myself and the host told me to stop and introduce myself again. I did and he stopped me again and told me that I should be doing voice over work. I was shocked and then I thought about it. And I found myself intrigued.
Over the next 11 years I looked for teachers and eventually found an amazing teacher and then another. And here I am!
I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years bring on this journey into a new career. Hopefully if you are reading this you will be part of that journey.