Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Voiceover Insider by Julie Williams

I get Julie’s email blasts and I noticed that she included a free webinar by Julie and Vanessa Hart called Audiobook Techniques and Getting Work. They worked together a lot. I did meet Julie Williams at VO Atlanta 13. She was really great and presented in long form nonfiction narration. She also spoke about medical narration, whereas Vanessa did mostly fiction.

Thank you very much for this. Below is a link to an article written by Julie Williams.

Voice Actors are extremely generous, so it’s nice to receive these gifts.

Check out Julie Williams’ articles at or email her at



Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Voice Overs


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Memorial to Vanessa Hart, audiobook narrator and voice talent

Vanessa Hart unexpectedly died on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Her sister, Dana, posted on Facebook the news. The family will post her obituary in the LA Times on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

We studied for five months from June to November 2013. She told me towards the end of our sessions that she wasn’t trying to take my money. lol I just wanted to take my time and learn from her. I knew that once I started teaching, that it would get difficult and it did. However, it was ALL WORTH IT. I’m so glad that I LOVED training in audiobooks. I loved words again. I enjoyed telling the stories in every paragraph and enjoyed my character research. The audio computer issues…not so much. I had plenty of those and George Whittam, Vanessa and I (along with Zach Herries with Mosaic Audio) had to really try to figure out my issues. That took time.

I was going to meet Vanessa here in Atlanta for the VO Atlanta 2014 convention with Voiceover City Atlanta in March 2014. Vanessa was excited and I was going to help her while she was here. However, I never got to meet her. I knew her well as a student though. Once, I canceled my session with her but she didn’t have time for a replacement, and I felt like a little girl in the 7th grade when I had to tell her that I ran out of money for the session. I had to explain to her that I didn’t pay her, nor my utilities for the month. I couldn’t pay anybody. lol Thankfully, I was able to pay everyone quickly soon after that incident. I had to slowly get back to her good graces after that. That was the only time that she was upset with me during our five month training session. I’m just glad that it wasn’t the acting that she was upset about. 🙂

So, I didn’t get to meet her but we knew each other well. What a treat to study with the great Vanessa Hart. She was a master audiobook narrator, actor, and voice talent. I’m so thankful that I had the courage to send a Facebook message on Christmas Eve 2012, asking if I could study with her. I wanted to start during the summer, and we did. My audiobooks demos are on ACX (audiobook creation exchange).

So, I will toast Vanessa after completing a book. I will complete many with prayer and tenderness, knowing that I trained with the best.

Thank you for your time spent with me, Vanessa Hart! It was ALL WORTH IT.



Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Voice Overs


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There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale, music by Ruth Morris Gray

Depression, anxiety, distress, loneliness: These are the feelings that I’ve had lately. There are times that I could just transform into a vapor and be done with everything. Moments such as these are fleeting but it’s disturbing at how quickly we think of our lives during depressive states.

It’s times like these that I’m thankful to surround myself with people, customs, ideas, and interests that are like my own when life is a lonely road. Brave souls tread a jungle of bushes, grass, and trees mostly without a compass.

Just hug a person that may totally be different from you. We’re all just the same, really. Their road has a more treacherous path, or so it seems, than yours.

We all have friends of different faiths, cultures, and customs with like-minded similarities that will include you and not exclude you personally or professionally. These people are gifts, and they are cherished.

Thanks for listening, literally. Here’s a clip:

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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Uncategorized