Stand Up and Stand Out

Standing Up & Standing  Out on a boat in Lake Michigan this week.

This post is about living to stand up in order to stand out. And it’s metaphorical in content. This week has been incredible. Less active  voice work, but higher quality projects.  Auditioning, which is  real work-stuff of a voice actor’s time,  is a constant effort and if you don’t audition you’ll never have a chance at booking. I know this sounds elementary, but it’s so true and harder to do. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I’ll grow weary at times the auditioning process. But I’ll keep at it, faithfully. When I feel I’m not perfectly suited to something, I don’t take the time. But when I do or if it seems fun enough to “play”, that’s where I’ll shine. One booking came in this week from an agent where I was the voice of a swivel chair. Another one came from a different agent where I’m instructing managers of a large corporate group how to run their enterprise software. I absolutely love this business that’s so different every day, that stretches and challenges me to ever greater goals.   To stand up to my accountability to the previous blog post, I finished recording the narration of “War of Hearts”. I’m employing my able-bodied daughter and assistant to proof and send back any corrections before final mastering and upload to ACX.   But I’m not writing to talk only about voiceover work. It’s about experiencing and embracing all of  life, and about having plenty of activities to keep experiences fresh to bring in to the mix of my auditions and booked jobs.  For instance, Tuesday we went to a Brewers game at Miller Park and had a blast. It’s always great when the home team wins against a team like the San Francisco Giants!  Wednesday, we took a sunset boat cruise on Lake Michigan, where we were fortunate  to view a sailboat race,  have a nice trip around the harbor, and witness a spectacular sunset with the Milwaukee skyline as a back drop.   mooredboatsboat race MilwaukeeSkyline   Tomorrow we’re playing golf in a scramble tournament to benefit a church mission work. It’s a chance to give back and have fun as well.  I’ve played golf twice in the past year, but it’ll be great  to use my clubs again. I remember hearing  a saying about basketball. It goes something like this: “You’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t make”. And here’s another one about golf… “You’ll miss 100% of the putts you make if you don’t hit them hard enough.” Carry these expressions to this a metaphor for life and auditioning. Stand up,  and hit it hard enough to stand out and embrace all that is around you. Like my mentor Robert,  has told me, “Life’s a one-way ticket and a damn short ride”.   Have a nice weekend!


  1. Bobbin, this blog is written by a mature professional artist and fabulous person! Indeed, I agree as we grow and mature, we do learn that there are sometimes more important things in life than creating VO audition after audition. Since we’re both recent transplants to the Mid-West from So Cal, I think we both appreciate the new climates, sites to see and experience, and sports teams to root for. And it’s only through our real-life experiences, that we can employ our skills as voice actors, to bring our work to life, and infuse it with the things that inspire us, day after day. It’s always an adventure! And YOU are an inspiration, for sure!

    • Hi Debbie,
      Yup. Our life is what we bring to the party (mic) whether in an audition or any recorded VO project. We’ve got to take time to experience it, so the experiences marinate and come out in the reads- fresh, every time. Thanks for the kudos, too. You’re such a pal and may you enjoy your own continued success.
      Big Hugs,

  2. Chicago is my hometown and I did a lot of voiceover work here, but suddenly things changed for me. People moved and my voice work slowed way down. As a matter of fact, it was in 2007 that I discovered you online. I am so happy to know voice work, but I was not making a great living at it …so I found barbering and am currently a licensed barber instructor….I really love voiceover and want to be involved again. I hooked up with one agent here recently, but nothing is happening. Do you have any suggestions for someone who wants to get back after being gone for more than 5 years.

    I should mention that I originally came from Radio and moved into voiceover commercials for broadcasting. I still get a few jobs here and there, but they are far and in between.

    • Pam,
      A lot has happened in the industry in just five years. I’d suggest you get up to speed by learning all you can about what’s trending in VO today, take classes, read VO blogs. Immerse yourself. Decide if you’re going to just play or fully pursue. Good Luck!

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