When Healthy Means Business

with Kesha Monk

Have you tapped into the healing power of voiceover? In this episode of the Entrepreneur Hustle Series, Anne and special guest co-host Kesha Monk talk about how your health can impact your business. Listen to learn what keeps these two “fresh and flavorful,” how VO can be therapeutic, and why being your authentic self can help you rock your business like a BOSS.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. If you’re having a health crisis, you may still be able to accommodate and evolve your business

  2. Sometimes a health crisis can bring new perspectives and joy to your work

  3. When you’re not feeling well, sometimes the creative aspect of your business is a nice distraction

  4. Voiceover can allow a flexible work-from-home schedule that can accommodate your health conditions

  5. As horrible as it is to be chronically sick or ill, it can put things into perspective. If you can get through that, nothing can hold you back from being the real you behind the mic

  6. Find something that brings you joy when you are ill, like voiceover

  7. The emotional component of an illness and conquering your fears can be just as hard as the physical recovery

  8. When you can bring an emotional component of yourself to the read, it will help you to sound more authentic 

  9. You can use the emotions of your healing journey to help your acting behind the mic

  10. If you have a passion for authentically using your voice to read and express, you have a chance for success

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Read more on health and business on Anne’s blog
Recorded on ipDTL


>> 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, with very special, extra special guest and colleague and friend, Miss Kesha Monk. Kesha!

Kesha: Hello! How you doin’, baby girl?

Anne: I am doing fantastic. How ‘bout yourself?

Kesha: I feel good. I really, really do. It’s a new year, you know. It’s, I feel fresh and flavorful.

Anne: Ooh, fresh and flavorful, I love that. You know —

[both laugh]

Anne: Speaking of, speaking of fresh and flavorful, I need to actually go on a diet. Well I’ve been needing to go on a diet since this whole pandemic thing, because my husband —

Kesha: Oh Anne, stop.

Anne: — my husband’s man cave is the kitchen. So he has been, you know, having a whole lot of fun in the kitchen, so. But he can, he can cook healthy just as well as he can cook, you know, decadent things probably I shouldn’t have as much of, but he’s so darn, so darn good.

Kesha: I’m sure, I’m sure. What a blessing, a man who cooks? What’s that?

Anne: I know, I know. Hey you know, speaking of health, Kesha, you know, you and I have been through a few trials and tribulations together in regards to health, and I think in talking with you, talking about it with you in the past, it has definitely affected our outlook in life and our outlook on our businesses. I thought it would be a good time to talk about those trials and tribulations, because you know, it’s crazy out there. And people are — thankfully I’m healthy, thankfully you’re healthy right now. But there are some people who aren’t, and I think there’s a whole mental game there that can maybe, I don’t know, we can strike some positivity in people if they’re not healthy and how they might be able to continue on with their businesses or evolve their businesses. You had talked to me about, you know — we’re kind of soul sisters in the fact that we both survived cancer. You survived cancer multiple times.

Kesha: A couple of times, three times, yeah.

Anne: Yeah, I think, let’s talk about, like what, what did that do for you in regards to your voiceover career? Or in life of course, that’s like the bigger question, right? What did that do for you in regards to being successful and wanting to make things, you know, joyful and just work for you?

Kesha: Well, so check it out. I actually, I was a radio personality before I made the transition to voiceover, right? And during my downtime, I, you know, admitted — and again, 20 years in radio, Anne. I’ve worked in the biggest markets, I’ve had an incredible career. And cancer kind of put my on my back, you know what I mean?

Anne: Yeah.

Kesha: And so once I accepted the fact I would not be able to go into the radio station — doing chemo and stuff took up all of my time. I used to do chemo like 12 hours at the, I like to call it the cancer correctional facility, you know?

Anne: Good name for it.

Kesha: Truly. Yeah, I used to do 12 hours of cancer in the, in the chemo center. And then I would literally have to go home with a pump as the chemo continuously flowed through my veins for an additional three days. And then you know, the nurse would have to come down and take the needles out, so forth and so on. I could not go in and out of the radio station. I don’t do well sitting still, you know.

Anne: Right, me either.

Kesha: Even though I wasn’t feeling my best —

Anne: You’re still active, your brain is active.

Kesha: Exactly. I’m kind of in love with touching people with my voice. I was trying to figure out, what can I do from home where I can still utilize my voice? And so that’s how I got into voiceover. Right? It was really, really crazy. I entered a contest where, you know, $100,000 contract was up for grabs, and the script that I had to read in order to aud — you know, get the gig, you know, was a cancer script, which was crazy to me. It is, and it happened several years ago, and I’m still like, really? [laughs] I didn’t get that gig, but they signed me anyway, and that’s kind of like how I got into voiceover. And Anne, I was incredibly sick for, I would say, the first year or two as I was kind of doing this. Even though I was a radio personality, making that transition to voiceover isn’t necessarily easy.

Anne: Oh gosh, no.

Kesha: Voice — it totally isn’t. It’s voice acting!

Anne: Yeah, and I say that having worked with many people who were transitioning from radio into voiceover, and working with them as students, and so I understand the transition and how difficult that is. And I’ll tell you what, when I was sick and recovering, I’ll never forget, like you’re saying you like to be active. And so even though you aren’t feeling well, it’s not like you can just be mindless and just sit there, you know. You need to have something to occupy your mind, to take your mind off of either the pain or whatever it is —

Kesha: Right!

Anne: — the boredom. I just remember when I first — I got into the booth really, as quick as I possibly could. And it was such a wonderful, like just to step in the booth and have something to audition, you know, whatever, that was great to have those things to do to keep my mind off of other things like maybe my pain. [laughs]

Kesha: Anne, it was totally therapeutic for me. And it, I, I really to be honest with you, I felt like I was kind of doing a lot of on the job training, because again I knew how to use my voice, but voice acting is like a different animal. But I’m home, so I can access YouTube, and I can, you know, just turn on the television.

Anne: Right.

Kesha: Just listen and learn and be inspired by others who were kind of like doing the thing, doing their thing. And so I just kind of was good at it. [laughs] And I just got better and better, and I’ve received more and more bookings. And again while I’m receiving these bookings, I’m still reaching out to, you know, folks like Randy Thomas — God, I love her. And I, you know, I’m starting to feel a little bit better as I’m healing. You know, I’m allowed to — that’s where I met you. I figured out, get my stuff together and right, you know take advantage of —

Anne: VO Mastery.

Kesha: — yes, VO Mastery and some of these conferences and rubbing elbows with people who are in it and doing it. And I’ve just, I’ve just been on a roll, girl. I really, really have.

Anne: I’ll tell you what. I think that going through that is horrible as it is, to be sick, or chronically sick, or chronically ill, it also really puts things into perspective. I remember myself thinking —

Kesha: Yes.

Anne: — wow, I can get out of my own way now. Because nothing really compares to like, if you can get through that, then really, what’s holding you back behind the mic? What is holding you back from being your best, or letting go, or being you, which I think is probably one of the hardest things for voice actors.

Kesha: Yes.

Anne: If they’re not used to being themselves, and just bringing themselves to the party, and being authentic, I think, you know, and it’s not a performance behind the mic, I really think that that was the one thing that really got me out of my own way. I thought, gosh, what am I, what am I, why am I so, you know, what am I holding myself back for? Why am I so stiff behind the mic? Just be me, because I remember in the depths of, you know, there’s a lot of mental things that happen when you’re sick like that, fear being the biggest one of them. But I do remember thinking to myself, I’ve got nothing right now, right, but you know, fear in my head, and so what can I do to get over that? And really, and I’ve mentioned this before on a podcast, the only thing I really could do was love people and love life and be grateful.

Kesha: Yes!

Anne: And once I could finally just breathe and think that way, I was able to really make some big progress in my own performance and in my own business in succeeding.

Kesha: Yes! Absolutely, and then bigger than that, Anne, I honestly believe that getting into the business of voiceover really was a part of my healing. You know?

Anne: Yeah, yeah, I agree.