Having just returned from a fantastic week in Las Vegas where I attended the VOICE 2007 conference, I hope you will forgive me for the brevity of this post. I hope to gather my thoughts once I am caught up and write out the details of my unbelievable experience!
I did want to write one thing...
Eye contact is so important. Actually seeing your co-workers and friends any chance you get is invaluable. [Are you wondering if sleep deprivation has finally gotten to me?]
As a voice actor, most of my time is spent in a padded closet or behind a computer. Even when I am outside in the gardens, I am often alone. Sure, I see my husband on a regular basis, and we make time to spend with friends and family. However, it is very rare that I am able to see my fellow voice actors face to face.
We e-mail, we chat, we work together via ISDN, we even talk on the phone occasionally. It is not the same as looking each of you in the eye.
Now that I know what a wonderful community I work in- I am even more proud to tell the world, I am a professional voice actor! I know I am in great company.
Take the time to meet the voice actors you work with. Look them in the eye. They have beautiful souls.