Clubhouse Opportunities

with Kesha Monk

Nothing great comes from comfort zones! Anne and special guest co-host Kesha Monk discuss Clubhouse ― the new audio-based social media app ― and the unique opportunities it provides voice actors. If you’re nostalgic for the days of radio, Clubhouse is for you. If you’re looking for ways to connect and learn, Clubhouse is for you. Discover the magic of bringing people together and how the unknown can lead to your greatest reward. “Heavy hitters,” producers, VO stars, and more … you never know who you may chat with in a Clubhouse room. Tune in to the latest episode in the Entrepreneur Hustle series to learn why it pays to take a leap of faith.



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Clubhouse is a new, all audio, social media platform. It is currently only available on iPhone, by invitation only

  2. The voice is an important tool for connection, and Clubhouse allows us to connect on an emotive level and have conversations

  3. You can be in the room with someone on Clubhouse that you wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to engage with

  4. Anyone can host a room on any topic of their choosing

  5. Clubhouse Rooms can host virtual conferences

  6. These rooms include virtual stages, panels, speakers, and audience members. The people connected to the panel members are in the front row, and others can join in the audience

  7. Hosts and moderators can bring “audience members” up on stage to join the conversation

  8. Clubhouse can connect with your Instagram and Twitter account 

  9. Clubhouse will curate your interests based upon your actions and suggest rooms for you to join

  10. The more you participate, the more the app understands what you like

  11. There is no recording built into Clubhouse. You need to attend events live

  12. If you make an impact with people in your audience, they will often follow you on Clubhouse, and also your Instagram. This can lead to new business opportunities

  13. Being strategic with the types of rooms and panels you host can lead to new business leads

  14. The opportunities for networking and meaningful impactful discussions on Clubhouse can really change people for the better

  15. Whenever you have people in a space who have a commonality, magic happens

  16. Clubhouse is a haven for creatives and entrepreneurs 

  17. When a group of people did an audio production of Lion King, it received over 300 million impressions across social media

  18. Not only is Clubhouse a place to network, but also is becoming a place to showcase our talents

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Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. KESHA

  2. VOICEOVER

  3. LIVE ANNOUNCER

  4. Recorded on ipDTL


Full Episode Transcript

>> It’s time to take your business to the next level, the BOSS level! These are the premiere Business Owner Strategies and Successes being utilized by the industry’s top talent today. Rock your business like a boss, a VO BOSS! Now let’s welcome your host, Anne Ganguzza.

Anne: Hey everyone. Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my most wonderful, excellent guest co-host, Miss Kesha Monk. Hey Kesha!

Kesha: That’s a lot of descriptors in there. Wonderful, excellent. Like “wow, who are you talking about?”

Anne: I could add, I could add so much more. [laughs]

Kesha: Aww. That’s sweet.

Anne: I was just blast, blasting off those today. But Kesha, I want to talk about a new platform, a new social media platform or relatively new platform which I happen to love because it’s all audio. And of course being a voice talent, I like audio platforms like podcasts. It always, you know, it always surprised me how few of the voice talent out there have podcasts. I think it’s now kind of catching on because this is what we do. It’s audio. But you know of late, this new social media app, called Clubhouse, of which I just became a member, but I know you’re a member, I think we should talk about it because you’ve been doing some really exciting things on this platform. And enlighten me, please.

Kesha: Without exaggeration, Anne, this app has literally shifted my career.

Anne: I love it.

Kesha: I’m not exaggerating.

Anne: Well, how? So I know, well, one thing I do know, I saw your video on, you posted maybe a couple weeks ago, you were cast as the narrator for a Dreamgirls production.

Kesha: Yes, ma’am, yes, ma’am.

Anne: And also I think another production — there’s not two productions that you’re apart of now?

Kesha: Well, not necessarily. I’ll tell you exactly what it is. First of all of course, I’m not sure if the BOSSes heard my previous podcast with you, but I am a radio personality in my blood. And I did 20 years doing that thing. I was the kid that lugged around that big, you know, the big [laughs] tape recorder and did all kinds of crazy things growing up.

Anne: I can see that.

Kesha: Yeah, totally. I’ve always, even as a child, have been absolutely amazed and fascinated with the power of voice.

Anne: Yeah.

Kesha: Not sure if I mentioned the story to you. When I was a kid, they had these like 900 numbers —

Anne: Oh yeah, I remember those.

Kesha: Party lines.

Anne: I remember those. Yup.

Kesha: I used to run my mom’s phone bill up astronomically just hanging out on these party lines. I used to do like little corny things like grab greeting cards and read them to the, like, the people in the room and stuff like that. People always used to say “oh my God, your voice is so nice!” You know so, again, there’s just something about the voice. And if you are in voiceover, if you’re not in voiceover, subconsciously you have to understand that the voice can emote, invoke emotion.

Anne: Oh absolutely.

Kesha: It’s the great connector. Whoever created the radio knew that, they knew that. That’s why, you know, the voice is such an important tool. And so obviously when I discovered Clubhouse, I’m like O M G. It’s a voice app where you can kind of just like, you know, go have conversations with people. And there —

Anne: And there’s a lot of people on there, and there’s a lot of heavy-hitters on there. It’s really, to me, it’s amazing because you can be in the room with somebody that you would, under normal circumstances, never have an opportunity to engage with.

Kesha: That’s the thing people don’t quite understand. I will tell you in a little while, but just like you said, you could be literally sitting next to someone who’s pretty much, pretty much of a, I don’t know, a power, a big heavy-hitter, you know?

Anne: Absolutely, absolutely.

Kesha: And that’s exactly what happened to me. That’s exactly what happened to me.

Anne: Aha, so tell, tell, do tell, please, because it’s exciting news.

Kesha: So I again, I take this Clubhouse thing very, very seriously. I did a women in voiceover panel a couple of weeks ago, and I grabbed some of my good, good girlfriends and I put them on the virtual stage, and we all talked about voiceover obviously, our careers, our journeys, our struggles. We talked about racism in voiceover. It was really, really good. I want to say maybe 300 people showed up.

Anne: That’s fantastic.

Kesha: Yeah, it was awesome. We took questions. It was very interactive. I tried to do like a women’s empowerment thing at the end. It was great. And so a couple of days later, somebody contacted me from NBC.

Anne: What!

Kesha: And they said you know, “we really, really love your voice. We want to hear you do your best Kamala Harris impression.”

Anne: Whoa, really?

Kesha: And so I got to be honest with you, Anne, at first I was like, there’s no way I could do that. I don’t do impressions. But you don’t tell an exec, an exec at NBC no.

Anne: Yeah, absolutely.

Kesha: So I went into the booth, and I did the best I could, and I sent it, and they loved it, and they hired me.

Anne: Nice! [laughs]

Kesha: Period. But get this, that’s not where it ends, my friend. After I hit send, they sent me another opportunity to play the role of the manila folder on Nancy Pelosi’s desk in the Capitol.