Loneliness and the Voice Actor

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A few months back I was talking to someone who was interested in getting in to voice acting. She asked me an interesting question that I hadn’t really given much thought to: Do you ever get lonely?

The truth is, I don’t. Partly because I had already been working from home as a writer for several years before I began focusing full-time on voice acting. Even before that, my previous two jobs had me working alone quite a bit. My husband is also at home, so a conversation is only a few feet away if I need it.

As much as I enjoy being around other voice actors and going to an outside studio, I actually talk to a lot of voice actors every day on the various forums I frequent. Some of them I’ll even get to meet in person soon. How cool is that?! Not to mention, I have fellow VO I occasionally get coffee with, voice over meetups I sometimes go to, and most recently, I started going to an improv meetup. Add to that, my editing and proofing team for my audiobooks, and I feel as though I have plenty of co-workers to commiserate/share good news with.

So going back to the question, no I don’t ever get lonely, not really. I’m sure everybody does sometimes, and I certainly have those moments, but none of that is related to my job. Having said that, you do have to be a certain kind of crazy to be willing to shut yourself in a space the size of a closet for 2-4 hours a day. It’s not for everyone. It’s why many voice actors steer away from long form narration. For me, however, this works. I’m happy doing it. But I also have a family, neighbours, friends and co-workers who help keep me, if not sane, at least lucid.

In other news, book two in The First Ordinance series by Connie Suttle is going to be heading to Audible in the next couple of weeks, and I’m hoping to get started on book three shortly!

New Look!

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I decided the site needed some punching up, so here it is, with a brand new logo. I thought since my vocal booth/TARDIS has always been such a talking point, why not make it the centrepiece of the redesign? It speaks to my other life as a geek blogger, and it provides a subtle reminder of my English background without any flag waving. In redesigning the site, I got rid of the Sound Cloud players which always seemed a little clunky to me, and added a sleek new player by the folks at VoiceZam. I’m still on my free trial with the player, but I’m excited to try out some of the extra features like Zamtistics, which I will have the opportunity to do shortly. Stay tuned!

 

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In other news, last week my latest audiobook came out: The Legendary Adventures of the Pirate Queens by James Grant Goldin. Quite honestly, I’m very proud of this book. It featured some 35-ish character voices, 7 accents and I believe 5 different languages, plus several sea shanties. Needless to say, I and my team put a lot of work into this one. It is bittingly witty and the subject matter is quite dear to my heart.

You see, it’s based on the real life female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read. I’d read about them as an A-Level Theatre student and always fancied the idea of putting on some kind of two-woman production, perhaps in front of the Cutty Sark. As often is the case, life got busy and the two-woman production never took place…. until now. But instead of a two-woman production, it was one woman bringing to life over 30 characters. What an adventure! This is why I love doing audiobooks, and I know you’re not supposed to have favourites, but I particularly love this one, and urge you to check it out on Audible.

Finally, in case you think I’m biased, have a read of Miss Susie’s review here.