Buffy Summers, the voice of my internal monologue

Let’s talk about free time. How much free time do you have? Or should I say, how much free time do you allow yourself? Is free time a myth?

(In the words of my girl Buffy Summers, “Well, you were myth-taken.”)

I’m an anxious-perfectionist-workaholic who loves their job but constantly feels *behind* on everything there is to do, and sometimes I have a hard time taking a day off without feeling guilty. Yes, I’m working on it…

Someone recently asked me what my hobbies were and I thought, “Ummm… I hang out with my dog, I like to work out, I drink too much coffee, and I love cooking and baking?” but kind of drew a blank thinking of anything else.

So here’s to more self-care and non-work hobbies in 2022! And please drop some ideas and/or suggestions in the comments, I’d love to hear them!

I saw a negative review for a project I worked on.

Not only did they critique my performance, but also went after my voice, calling it the most annoying sound they’ve ever heard.

The. Most. Annoying. Sound. They’ve. Ever. Heard.

My voice.

The thing I use to make a living.


I’d be lying if I said it didn’t sting a little.

As much as we can pretend to not care when something someone says hurts us, that’s exactly it… we’re just pretending.

We’re still human. We still want to be liked by others. We still feel.

I’ve been an actor for a long time. I know the ins and outs of rejection and not being the right “fit” for a project. I’m no stranger to reading reviews and feedback from directors and critics alike.
There’s absolutely something to be said for constructive criticism and learning where we could improve, especially when it comes to our craft. As an actor, you’ve got to be directable.

Generally speaking, I think we should strive to be better and grow where we can.

But sometimes, we aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.
And that’s okay.

Because I’m a coffee drinker.
But seriously.

Don’t let the world dim your shine because of a bad day or a bad review.

Because the people who DO love you for who you are, the clients who DO love your voice and your work, and the world… well, they need you to be your authentic self. To give what you’ve got and keep showing up.

Shine on, my friends 💜

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!

My dad and I in our last picture together

Who was your first superhero?

Mine was my dad.

I don’t talk about him a lot, mainly because I don’t like the idea of making people feel bad for me, and I don’t thrive on the sympathy.
Another reason is that others have tried to use it as a weapon against me; saying I’m “less than” for losing a parent at a young-ish age, it’s a “weakness”, I’m somehow “damaged”, or have “daddy issues”… when they have never experienced a loss like this.

But a good friend reminded me (you know who you are ❤) that people trust people who have been through real things. So maybe it’s time to share a bit more here on my platform.

I think a terrible disservice we can do to someone’s memory is make their loss about us. I think another is forgetting what they taught us and not sharing those lessons, which helps to keep their memory alive.

Experiencing a loss like this isn’t a weakness. Coming out on the other side is strength, and I think we should use that pain to help others who are going through it. Be a light in the darkness of grief.

Loss is hard. Pain is hard. But it can be helpful when shared.

This was our last picture taken together in 2013 before he passed away.

He’s the strongest person I’ve ever known. He was faced with insurmountable odds and faced them with more bravery than I’ve ever seen.

He was a great dad. I think I took that for granted. As I’ve gotten older, I understand him a lot more.

I’m grateful for everything he taught me – from comic book knowledge, our debates about Team Batman versus Team Superman (where we would always butt heads – we did that a LOT), for teaching me how to defend myself, how to kick ass and take names, and for giving me strong role models to look up to. From our nights of watching Buffy together to staying up late to make sure I made it home safely every night until I moved out… he was always there.

He taught me that girls and women could be strong and be superheroes, too… and do it better than the boys.

He was the biggest inspiration for my voiceover business when I rebranded as The Voiceover Superhero in January of 2018, when I moved from theatre/on-camera to doing VO full time and created my LLC. He was always supportive of my acting career, wanted me to succeed, and encouraged me on the days where it was REALLY hard.

What a gift.

Today would have been his 63rd birthday; and I’m honoring him by remembering the lessons he taught me, sharing this story, and hoping that this story can be helpful to someone else out there, too.

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. ⁣