The Voiceover Superhero with her Sennheiser MKH 416 microphone

After a friend pointed this out, I realized I never updated you on the microphone situation here on the blog! I’m happy to report that the case with eBay was resolved in our favor, we got refunded, and I reached out to my rep at Sweetwater who hooked me up with my new (really really FOR REAL THIS TIME) Sennheiser MKH 416 and I LOVE IT SO MUCH 😍⁣

I’m not getting rid of my Neumann TLM 103 though. That’s been my baby for years, and has voiced hundreds of projects. But it’s become best buddies with my new one and we’ll all be a happy little VO family ❤⁣

Wanna hear my Sennheiser in action for your next project? Send me an email and we’ll get to work 🦸🏼‍♀️💥⁣

I’m a voice actor BUT…

I’m also a: 

(super) human 

daughter

sister

dog mom

friend 

entrepreneur

And more.

I’m a person.

I’m more than just my job title. I’m a teacher, a member of my community and synagogue, a small business owner, coffee drinker, director, neighbor, voter, Leslie Knope-meets-Monica Geller type personality, someone who loves going on long night drives and trips to the beach, Star Wars and comic book fan, traveler (pre-pandemic), California girl at heart, an avid bruncher, a person who looks up at the stars in the night sky and contemplates life, pumpkin spice lifer, and that’s not all.

So yeah, I may be a voice actor, but I’m so much more than just that.

I’m more than the jobs I book, the list of my clients, the equipment in my studio, and the number of my followers on social media.

I am uniquely me.

And THAT is my superpower.


Hailing from Los Angeles, Bonnie has been acting on the stage, television, film, and a voice actor for over 20 years. Credits include Isabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Margaret in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and Glory and Rhonda in ALMOST, MAINE. She also recently performed in COMING BACK FOR ME, the winner of Project Chrysalis 2.0 with Cary Playwrights. Voiceover clients include Amazon, Buick, NC State, Toyota, and K-Swiss. She has a Bachelors in Theatre Arts from CSU San Bernardino. When she’s not recording in the studio, she can be found hanging out with her dog Marcel, drinking too much coffee, and serving on the board at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. You should totally check out her website at vosuperhero.com   

Ten years ago, I was a redhead, had just done my first voiceover job, graduated college with my BA in Theatre Arts, and thought I was on my way to New York City to be the next Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway.
 
Needless to say, life had other plans.

And I’m learning… that’s okay.
 
Even if I’m “too old” to play Belle now, but that’s a post for another time.
 
I had no idea back then how much my life would begin to change right after this picture was taken at graduation. Some of it has been really, really hard. But some of it has also been absolutely beautiful. I am grateful for everything I’ve learned along the way.
 
When I was sixteen, I wanted to be a working actor when I grew up. When I graduated college, I still wanted to be a working actor.
 
Now, ten years later, I’m a working actor (and still not rocking my natural hair color). I didn’t think voiceover was how it would happen, but being in the voice acting community has introduced me to some of the best people I’ve ever known.
 
I’ll never totally give up those Broadway dreams, because I will always be a theatre kid at heart, but I’m really happy with where my career is now, and where it’s going. It’s taken years to get here, and there were days I wanted to give up. A wise director once told me that things would happen for me in my own way and in my own time, and I’ve never forgotten those words.
 
If you’re still on the road to your dreams, just keep going. You’ll get there ❤
 

Hailing from Los Angeles, Bonnie has been acting on the stage, television, film, and a voice actor for over 20 years. Credits include Isabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Margaret in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and Glory and Rhonda in ALMOST, MAINE. She also recently performed in COMING BACK FOR ME, the winner of Project Chrysalis 2.0 with Cary Playwrights. Voiceover clients include Amazon, Buick, NC State, Toyota, and K-Swiss. She has a Bachelors in Theatre Arts from CSU San Bernardino. When she’s not recording in the studio, she can be found hanging out with her dog Marcel, drinking too much coffee, and serving on the board at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. You should totally check out her website at vosuperhero.com   

If you’ve known anything about me through my Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, and wherever else on social media, you will know that I am head-to-toe drenched with superhero imagery and geekery. And somewhere in the back of your mind, you’ll be thinking, “This is all well and good, but is she going to get sick of being associated with superheroes and move onto something else?”

Plot twist: the answer is no. I am not going to move onto something else.

 

The thing is that superheroes, for me at least, are not a trend for me. They are who I am as well. As in “I tried to run from it but embraced it as my identity” sort of deal. Think Mark Hamill and him being associated with the Joker and Luke Skywalker.

 

It was part of my life ever since I was very young and is still a part of me in current times. The only difference between then and now is that I’ve gained life experience through challenging trials and rewarding triumphs in my life. 

 

And that’s actually not a bad thing because I don’t have to hide who I am at all and sell a lie to potential clients. I can be honest with myself, have a little fun with my work, and provide an excellent service without having to fake it. Plus, there’s the added bonus of being consistent who I am as a person as well.

 

That’s far more important than holding up a public persona that can be discarded on a moment’s whim. If anything else, if something goes wrong and that it isn’t part of who the person is both in public and in private, then it is going to be concerning. Consistency is important because it’s crucial to a brand and beneficial to an audience because they will know what they will get.

 

My point is that the superhero theme I have is who I am, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. What you see with me is in fact what you will get, in my personal and professional life. 

 


Hailing from Los Angeles, Bonnie has been acting on the stage, television, film, and a voice actor for over 20 years. Credits include Isabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Margaret in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and Glory and Rhonda in ALMOST, MAINE. She also recently performed in COMING BACK FOR ME, the winner of Project Chrysalis 2.0 with Cary Playwrights. Voiceover clients include Amazon, Buick, NC State, Toyota, and K-Swiss. She has a Bachelors in Theatre Arts from CSU San Bernardino. When she’s not recording in the studio, she can be found hanging out with her dog Marcel, drinking too much coffee, and serving on the board at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. You should totally check out her website at vosuperhero.com   

I had a session with a great client this morning, and about halfway through, they asked me to re-do part of the copy, giving feedback on my performance, and what they wanted instead.

Then they apologized and said they hope it didn’t upset me or offend me.

What??

I was kind of surprised, to be honest. They said they’ve worked on-set with talent who have taken offense to being directed or felt like it was a personal attack on them as an actor.

Wow.

It’s weird to even have to say this but, dear actor friends… it’s our job to be directable. It’s not about us. It’s about what we can bring to the job.

I thanked the client for their consideration and replied, “I grew up in the theater. Trust me when I say this doesn’t offend me” and added, “I’m totally okay with whatever feedback you’d like to give me, so I can deliver the reads you’re looking for”, which I think they appreciated.

So, fellow VO talent, please put aside your egos and let your client direct you. They are trusting you with their work, they selected you out of the other voice talent – let them do their job so you can do yours.

I’ve been fortunate to have worked with really great directors in my time, and I felt safe in their hands. When your director/client has a vision for the project, they know what they’re looking for, and they want you to succeed. After all, they hired you! So, let them direct you, and be directable. Give them the sound they hired you for. They know you can do it, otherwise they wouldn’t have picked you.

Put the ego to rest, and let the collaborative, creative artist come out to play instead.

*Note: this should go without saying, but if the client is asking you to do things you are not comfortable with or things that are not safe – that’s an entirely different situation. Please take care of yourselves and be safe out there.