When you’re in a live directed session with a client, try not to get carried away with personal things *before* you begin.

Obviously, keep it pleasant and be nice with the engineer (because they’re the real superheroes here), but don’t say anything out loud to them that you wouldn’t want repeated elsewhere.

Sounds pretty straightforward and common sense, but you would be surprised…

On a personal basis with them? That’s cool, too! I’ve got clients and work with engineers at studios who are also friends. But keep in mind that *their* client could join the call at any moment, so be a pal and be a pro.

At the end of the day, you’re the super talent that you know you are and they hired you to be.

Then once the call is over, go back to your usual shenanigans and silliness. The world needs all the laughter it can take right now 🙂

Laughter is a gift, and how lucky are we to receive it in the form of comedy! I had a great time with Anne Ganguzza and the VIPeeps teaching a class all about Finding the Funny in your scripts. We dove into character archetypes, elements of comedy, why the truth is funny, how people process pain, and how to bring your own life experiences to comedy. Who knew being funny was such serious business?

⁣⁣⁣“If my life wasn’t funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.” – Carrie Fisher⁣⁣⁣

voice actors on zoom making silly faces
With these wonderfully wacky performers at our Find the Funny class!

We even got a sweet testimonial from voice actor Debra Elaine! She said, “Way to go, Bonnie! That (Find the Funny) was SO much fun! I LOVE doing partner reads! I don’t see that option out in VO-Land very often and I didn’t realize we were going to have the opportunity do them tonight, so it was a really nice surprise. Let’s make this a regular offering. I KNOW it would be popular!!”

Big thanks to Anne Ganguzza and the VO Peeps for having me, I’d love to teach this class again in the future!

If you want to explore finding the funny one-on-one with me, get in touch and we’ll talk!

Outside of how to get started in VO, I most often get questions about how to get work, or if I can send someone work directly. Usually these come from people I’ve just met or don’t know at all.⁣⁣⁣
I believe in doing the best work, and that is no exception when someone I trust has referred me to one of their clients. It’s my job to make the script shine and to do top level work, but to also make my friend/associate/colleague/client look good in their client’s eyes. This way everyone wins, and the relationships are still strong.⁣⁣⁣
So if I refer someone to a client or potential client, I’m doing it in the utmost faith that they will do good work, because I trust them and I want them to succeed. I want them to give the same high caliber level of work that I provide, and I want to keep that networking relationship with both the client and the talent. ⁣⁣⁣
This is why I typically decline when someone I have just met asks me to send their contact info to my clients or agents. If I’m familiar with their work and love what they do, I’ll make an exception. ⁣⁣⁣
I’m often sought out to help cast projects for clients and send referrals, and I hope my clients know that I take it as seriously as I take my own work. ⁣⁣

Want to be treated like a professional? Act like one. ⁣

If you’re taking a voice acting class for the first time, please don’t be shocked or offended if your teacher/coach doesn’t throw you behind the mic right away, especially if you’re totally new to acting.

If you’ve never done any acting before, your teacher wants to make sure you have a solid foundation and understanding of acting terms and basics before throwing any curveballs at you with voice acting techniques.

You wouldn’t start building a house without a solid foundation, right? The same thing goes for folks who are new to voiceover who have also never taken an acting class. It’s a good idea to start with a solid foundation.

Is it totally necessary to take an acting class before doing VO? Not necessarily… but I think most people agree that it absolutely helps.

So if you’re taking a VO class from a theatre-trained teacher, at a theatre, you can probably expect some theatre-based activities, games, and exercises designed to help give you a basic understanding of these principles and a stronger base to create your characters in voiceover.

The last thing I want to do is feel like I haven’t done everything I can to help students do their best work, nor do I want them to feel confused and overwhelmed by the time they get behind the microphone – especially if they’re totally brand new to acting.