Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Look Me In the Eye

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.


Stephanie Ciccarelli said...

Hi Kara,

It was so great to meet you! You were right - we're instant friends.

Making direct eye contact is very important. That way you get to know a person instead of see through them.

Nearly everyone there understood that in order to network and make new friends, eye contact was critical.

Thanks for your undivided attention :)

Take care,


Kara Edwards said...


Thank you for the comment! I told Frank F. that next year we need more time to sit around and socialize! I enjoyed every session, but it would have been great to chat some more! I guess the old radio girl in me always has something to say :) Of course, by day 3- I wasn't 'saying' much at all, just staring through the sleepy fog! Hah! What a great week!


Dave Christi said...


Great post. Sorry I didn't get to make eye contact in Vegas. Judging by the pictures I've seen I have to ask...

Do you know HOW to take a BAD picture? I'll bet even your drivers license looks good. What a smile!

Dave C.

Kara Edwards said...


You are hillarious! Trust me- I always manage to photograph better than I'm sure I look in person :)

Next time- you better be there! I would love to meet you! I think it's time for you to bring the family to the Carolinas!