Saturday, December 30, 2006

A Look Back, A Leap Ahead

In two days it will be 2007, a concept still hard to believe! 2006 has been a wonderful whirlwind of a year for my family. Chris and I were finally married this year, a 9lb puppy came to live with us, and I changed my career. Much has happened, and yet much has stayed the same. Chris signed on for two more years as a morning meteorologist in Charlotte, and we have fallen easily into a fantastic married life. Our families have remained, for the most part, happy and healthy. However, we do look back with sadness at the untimely passing of Chris's step-brother Doug and our dear Uncle Casey, who we miss terribly.

2006 was the year I decided to take the leap into full-time voice acting and being a television spokesperson. Terrifying, and yet so gratifying to make an eight year long dream come true! After leaving morning radio in September, I was immediately cast in 2 new anime cartoons. I've learned so much about how animation has changed since my days on DragonBall Z! It's more challenging now, but also more rewarding when it's finished. I've learned how to audition for jobs on-line, and have already booked and recorded for a company that found me at! I've spent a small fortune on electronic equipment and royalty free music, but hope to have a return on my investment in the year to come. There is much more competition in the world of voice over today than there was eight years ago. That being said, I am confident I can still make my mark!

I look forward to 2007 with great anticipation. We will begin the year with a snow-skiing trip with our family in New Mexico. When we return, I plan to put together a new character demo and install a phone patch in my studio. I also plan to go digital with my television commercial demo and add a section to my website devoted to television advertising and infomercials.

As I look back, I am thankful for the many blessings in our lives. To have a family you love, and a job you enjoy is a gift I do not take for granted! I hope I am able to give back as much as I have received with professionalism, knowledge for others, and a deep devotion to God, family, and friends.

The world is changing every day, and I hope we all remember to slow down and appreciate our gift of time! To each of you, I wish all of the love and happiness 2007 can bring! Happy New Year!


Anonymous said...

I love your demos Kara!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't be afraid of new stuff.

Voice over and on camera just require a ton of marketing on your part.

Spend an afternoon at Barnes and Noble in the business section, read some of the practical small business marketing books to get ideas (Harvey MacKay, Jeffrey Gitomer as two examples).

You'll see how you might be able to apply their business insights to your new biz.

Good luck.

Peter O'Connell
audio'connell Voice Over Talent

Kara Edwards said...

Thanks Peter! Great suggestions, and I will be sure to check out those books!

I'm amazed every day how professional talent are so willing to help those of us just starting out- thank you again!