Sunday, September 7, 2008

Two Years Today!

September 7th, 2006 was the day I made the decision to go full-time with voice over. It was something I had considered for years, but never felt brave enough to take the plunge. I remember so well the weight that was instantly lifted off my shoulders when my decision was final. I knew I had a ton of work ahead of me, but I looked forward to each and every adventure!

It's hard to believe it has already been two years since that day- it feels like yesterday! Two whole years later, and I still wake up every morning thrilled to walk the 50 feet to work.

I like to keep very detailed records of my business, and every few months I do a year to year comparison. My first year full-time was better than I could have ever expected. I was lucky- I went into the year with my plate already pretty full. In the first few months of that first year I recorded a new anime, a couple of videogames, and began recording Raggs for PBS. My business continued to grow as my different marketing efforts took effect.

This year has been no different. I'm fortunate to have seen significant growth in the amount of clients and the quality of jobs I get to do! It is such a joy to do this work that I love so much, and I can't begin to express my gratitude to my fantastic clients and colleagues!

I spent a portion of the day today working on a project for a client that has joined me in the past year, Highlights. It is truly a pleasure to work with such a large company...and one I grew up with no less! In the past few months alone, I've had the opportunity to voice several videogames, a few animation projects, dozens of radio and TV commercials, e-learning projects, and a few narrations. What an awesome opportunity each has been! I've also picked up a new agent that I'm very excited about, and have had the chance to audition for some incredible projects in the past couple of weeks.

As I enter my third year full-time there are many changes on the horizon. At this moment, as I sit here typing, I am surrounded by boxes and bubble wrap. I'm getting things packed up to head to my new home in Tampa, FL. Where that new home will be exactly remains to be seen (we are still in the looking process) but I will soon be a Floridian regardless of the exact location!

I am sad to leave dear VO friends here in NC I've met over the past 2 years such as Bob Souer, Brian Haymond, Rowell Gorman, Donovan Corneetz, and so so many others! The fantastic studios I've worked at like The GroundCrew, Concentrix, and CHP. I will miss my amazing local agent, LuAnne, who is the sole reason I still do on-camera work!

Of course, the best part about being a full-time voice actor is that they are all one ISDN line away! I will continue to work with each and every one of them through the magic of technology, and for this I am beyond thankful!

Speaking of new technology, this move to Florida will also allow me to set up a new studio- which is always exciting! My third year full-time is sure to bring about many new adventures, and many pieces of new equipment- oh yeah!

As of now, I am planning to head south the first week of October, and I can't wait to meet my new Tampa VO friends I've met online!

It's been a fantastic, wild, emotional, incredible voice over journey thus far...and I love that it's really only just begun!


Peter O'Connell said...

OK now we have to deal with Kara going through the terrible twos. The whining, the crying fits, the tantrums.

Ugh. Another day at the office! ;)

Congrats, pal.

Best always,
- Peter

VoiceOverForYou said...

I still maintain that if I were an agent I would be getting you into the ears of everyone I could. I still plan to make it big one getting you a VO job on a feature or a looooooong running cartoon.

I'm proud of you and I'm certain that where you are now is as low as you will will only get better!

Remember, lift with your legs on all those boxes!!

Brian in Charlotte

rowell gormon said...

we'll hope against hope for some kind of NC-VO send-off party for you, dear one. if that proves impossible, at least we'll have your bubbly personality close at hand via the boards and your website.

best wishes with the bubble wrap (don't spend all your time popping the packing, like i would!).

one of your newer "old friends",

AFN Broadcaster said...

I'm excited and jealous for/of you! I have three more years with my current gig before I can retire. Right now it looks like I'm still leaning towards being a school teacher. Who knows...maybe there is room for one more VO.

Dave DeAndrea said...

I've really enjoyed getting to know you (and work with you... finally!) this past year, Kara. Congrats on 2 great years! Your success is deserved...I'm excited to see what year 3 brings you!

-Dave DeAndrea