CHOICES 2Ask me what got me into being a voice-actor, and I’d tell you “AudioBooks”. 

It seemed like a perfect fit for me.  I was interested in it, and pursued it whole-heartedly for about 5 years. 

I ended up narrating some 40 titles, attended APAC twice, was a beta tester for ACX, blogged interviews with its CEO, Jason Ojalvo, hung out with other narrators at meet-ups, signed with notable publishers, and sought the best coaches. 

I made it work… but in the end, I turned my attention away from it.  Why?  Lots of little messages and one big reason.  At the heart is the fact that I don’t listen to audiobooks.  Almost never.  I don’t have the time nor the patience.  I don’t drive enough to get through even one chapter-at-a-time in my truck.  When I do drive, I don’t listen to ANYTHING.  Not music, not Pandora, not the radio.  Driving to and from my job at the TV station is some of the only quiet time I get in the day.

So how could I expect to be a true success in a medium that I don’t patronize?…that I don’t study?…in which I don’t worship the greats?  In the few instances where I’ve sat down to MAKE myself listen to audiobooks, I ended up critiquing the narrator to death!  I know too much about the process to just enjoy the story.  I listen too critically to the talent doing their  work; maybe because I’m bitter at all the years I spent working in vain at audiobooks, only to learn a costly, timely lesson.

I feel the same way about podcasts.  Who has the time to listen to this stuff?  I certainly don’t.  I have no idea what I’d give up in  my day to find the time to listen to a podcast.  My sleep and exercise regimen has already suffered, so why would I sacrifice MORE time to listen to a DJ-wannabe’s happy-talk for 15 mins until the program gets serious enough to settle down and deal with the topic at hand?

I think I could present a fairly good podcast if I wanted to…but again, I’m not a patron.  It’d be a lost cause. Lesson learned.

At my time in life, it’s maybe a little too late to launch into a whole new genre, so I’ve had to look hard at going with what I know.  Well… I know TV (video/on-camera)…and I know radio.  I know the news.  I like to read, and I like to write (you’re reading this blog aren’t  you?).

What I’m saying is, I’m immersed into the culture of popular media.  I study it.  I listen to it, watch it, read about it, blog about it, see the trends, and know the personalities.  And you know what?… popular media needs voice-actors, so I feel like I’ve arrived at my target, finally.

It might not be hard for you to guess that Anne Ganguzza — a former teacher — soooo enjoys coaching and delivering her voice in educational copy.

What’s your target? 

  • In love with video games? 
  • You’ve always been a follower of cartoon voices? 
  • Boxing fan, and wanna be a ring announcer? 
  • Are you a political animal? 
  • Gear-headed car junkie?

Make your passion, your job.  Take what you know well — almost effortlessly — and adapt it to your freelance voiceover business.  You’ll be surprised how much fun you’ll have.




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