Entrepreneur Hustle with Kesha Monk

with Kesha Monk

Anne and new special guest co-host Kesha Monk kick off the Entrepreneur Hustle series of episodes by talking about the power of intention, the importance of community, and the art of hustling to make your VO dreams come true. Kesha’s impressive radio career and family ties to music royalty did not give her instant success in voice overs. Hard work and determination have always been two of Kesha’s top motivators. Showing people that she could do anything she set her mind to even if they thought she couldn’t is a delightful bonus of her success. Listen in as these two friends, and respected colleagues talk about what drives them, never giving up, gratitude, and how support from the VO community inspires growth.



About Kesha:

Kesha Monk is described as a woman who is a young, spirited “go-getter.” Kesha Monk is a phenomenal radio personality, instrumentalist and voiceover talent. Kesha Monk has been wowing people with her voice for over 25 years. She has voiced projects for brands such as: McDonald’s, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Coca-Cola, Dunkin Donuts & more. Additionally, she is the current live announcer for the Soul Train Awards aired on BET. Kesha’s professional career began as a radio personality in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her talent took her to many cities across the country including major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago & Boston. Additionally, she was the co-host of a syndicated countdown show with Randy Jackson of American Idol fame. The show ran for 5 years and aired in 50 US cities and internationally in Japan and Kenya. After 20 years in radio, her career path shifted after a devastating cancer diagnosis. During a chemotherapy break, Kesha decided to enter a contest that was awarding a hefty voiceover contract. Coincidentally, her actual audition was a script that included the role of a cancer patient. Because cancer was her reality, that audition got her in the door of a reputable talent agency and catapulted her into the world of voiceover.


Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Trying new things that you aren’t sure you are good at might lead you to unexpected success

  2. If people tell you you can’t do something, let that be your motivation

  3. Knowing how to effectively use research tools can help build your path to success

  4. Manifesting and hyper-focusing on your goals helps you build success

  5. When you find your passion, you know it. It instinctively hits you, and nothing can stop you

  6. Unexpected life obstacles, even illnesses, can cause you to refocus your life and choose a new career

  7. Touching people emotionally with your reads increases your chance of booking any given job and finding success in the industry

  8. We are never at the “top” of VO. There is always more to learn. We can continue to grow and evolve

  9. Connecting with others in the voiceover community can help motivate you to have success


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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 a very, very special guest co-host, which I am so excited to introduce you guys to. Good friend, colleague, we’ve known each other for going on — we’re just trying to figure out how long we’ve known each other, going on six years at least — my awesome friend Kesha Monk. Kesha, thanks so much!