Almost six years ago I wrote a blog about an up-and-coming voice actor in rural Georgia: Forget NYC & LA.
At the time, I didn’t know Kelley Buttrick at all. I was just trying to show how a talent could utilize local media as a marketing tool, and how voice actors could make a go of it without living in New York City or Los Angeles.
Since then, Kelley has blown the doors off her career.
Yesterday, I had lunch with Kelley. In those six years, Kelley and I have become fast friends and voice over colleagues.
She is in Las Vegas for a week long gig with her Georgia friend Tony Messano, who helped her land the job. Without getting into a lot of details, they are both announcing a big corporate conference gathering (20,000 attendees) at Mandalay Bay and the MGM. There will be some live-announcing…recorded VOG stuff, and even a live appearance on stage.
Messano referred the job to Kelley, which underscores another great reason for cultivating strong relationships in the voiceover biz.
In case you haven’t heard, Kelley is the marketing maven who engineered her own high-profile campaign to be the voice of Jeep. http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/voice-actress-really-really-wants-work-jeep-heres-her-impressive-pitch-169856. The results are undetermined yet, but clearly she’s broken new ground in innovative targeted marketing for voice actors.
Bravo Kelley! I can say “…I knew you when…”
(BTW, I have no idea what’s going on with my hair in this pic…’scheduled for a haircut Wednesday)