We’ve started a new series to introduce you to our talents by going even more in-depth than their profile listings. So, welcome to Meet The Blue Wave Voiceover Talent!
Tell us a little about your broadcast-quality home studio. Where is it? What kind of equipment do you have? What do you like about it?
My studio is located on the lower level of my home. It’s equipped with professional grade sound proofing and carpeting, along with a stand-alone monitor in my booth. My studio is equipped with a Sennheiser MKH416, audio interfaced with Centrance MicPort Pro, Source Connect Standard, and Adobe Audition. I also have the capability to do live, directed sessions via phone patch (Google Phone/Hangouts), Skype, or Zoom. I like that I’m able to communicate with my clients in real time, that I can produce professional quality audio, and that I’m able to do so quickly and professionally!
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I won an award as part of the Music Ensemble in Little Shop of Horrors, which was asked to represent the U.S. in New Delhi, India.
How did you get into voiceover work?
Voiceover chose me. I wasn’t looking for it, to be honest. Didn’t even know it was a “thing” when I found myself booking work. It was my husband’s dream, and he encouraged me to go along with him for support. As I began auditioning, I kept booking work. At that point, my husband found me a VO coach and the rest is history!
Do you remember what your first voiceover spot was?
Oh, yeah!!! It was for a Fortune 500 company. They were located in California, and my voice was part of a piece being used with a video during their yearly conference. I only had to record 5 words!
Do you remember the first political voiceover spot that you did?
Actually, I do! However, I didn’t even have a demo for political at the time, which was pretty cool.
What has been your favorite voiceover project to date – political or otherwise?
I was privileged to play the part of Harriet Tubman in a podcast that won several awards for their historical excellence. Being able to portray Harriet will stay with me for a very long time. I still remember getting goose bumps when I listened to the podcast with my parts incorporated. It was interesting and inspiring.
Why do you think voiceover will be an important part of political advertising in the 2020 election?
I suppose because aside from COVID, it’s the hot topic on most everyones lips. There is a lot riding on the upcoming election for the vast majority, and voiceover is THE best way to get the message out there!
What issues would you like to see at the center of the Democratic platform for this year’s election?
There’s such a big mess right now, I wouldn’t even know where to begin!
What is your biggest voiceover pet peeve?
My biggest voiceover pet peeve is when the client doesn’t have the full specs I need in order to quote a fair price for recording. That, and allergies. I hate allergies.
If you could tell political voiceover clients one thing that would help you do your job better, or help them get what they want faster – what would that one thing be?
Know exactly what it is you need from me when communicating. This is beneficial to me in recording what’s needed quickly, and with excellence. I want the client happy and I want them to come back for more!
What advice do you have to aspiring voiceover talents that want to work in the political arena?
My advice would be to get a kick-butt VO coach to train you so when it comes time to record and produce your demo, you stand OUT in the crowds!
What hobbies do you have outside of your voiceover work?
Since I have children whom I home educate, I don’t yet have time for hobbies, but I enjoy cooking, getting mani/pedis, sketching and painting with my daughter, and in the near future, I plan to learn to play the guitar!