Learning to love my voice thanks to voiceover work

Hilo Hydro Quebec Campaign

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Confession: I’ve always hated my voice.

When I was little, my voice was so deep that people calling our home thought that I was a boy, and now, in contrast, I feel like I sound so young as an adult. I’ve always been good at creating characters with my voice, but I just never thought I had “one of those voices” for voice work, even though I’ve always wanted to do voice work. I figured if I was lucky, I’d get to voice animation, but that would be it. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to voice more animation (it’s so much fun!) but I wanted to do more with my voice, even though I didn’t believe I could.

[Hilo campaign – Hydro Quebec 2019 – voiced by me] ⠀

But something happened. The voice inside my head that said that I COULD do it got louder than the voice that said I couldn’t. So I got a voice demo made in December 2018. And I quickly starting booking some amazing campaigns, like this one I voiced for Hydro Quebec 😊 In less than a year I’ve been able to carve a nice little place for myself in the voice industry, and I’m amazed at how quickly leaning into something that I wasn’t so confident about could become rewarding – and profitable. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I used to hate my voice, now it’s become one of my biggest assets.

In this industry, your voice is a huge asset in your toolbox – it’s an important part of your instrument. The more voice work I do, the more I learn to play with that part of my instrument, but even more importantly, the more I see what others hear in my voice. This year’s voice bookings gave me the wonderful gift of appreciating (and dare I say, loving) my voice. By listening to my inner cheerleader and taking the small step towards voice work (getting a voice demo,) I gave myself an amazing gift (that just keeps on giving.) Sometimes you need to quiet that inner critic and just go for it.