A Voiceover Resource and Podcast Like No Other
It’s no secret that the voiceover world has EXPLODED in the past few years. And it’s easy to see why. Who doesn’t want that glamorous work from home lifestyle while making the big bucks? The problem is, most voiceover talent who start their journey, don’t get very far.
Anne Ganguzza and Gabby Nistico have heard the woes of voice actor entrepreneurs and are here to help! VO BOSS is a brand new podcast that focuses on Business Owner Strategies and Success (see what they did there?) for established and just-getting-started VO entrepreneurs. These long-time voice actresses offer new insights, solid advice and interview other voice actors “in the trenches”.
This weekly podcast series combines invaluable business tips with undeniable humor and chemistry that comes when these two boss ladies collide. Who else could make the topic of accounting software fun? And that’s the whole idea behind VO BOSS. They focus on EVERY part of what it takes to run a voiceover business. Not just branding and marketing, but billing, collections, audition tracking – the stuff no other podcast gets into.
You don’t want to be the best voice actor that no one’s ever heard. Anne and Gabby are here to make sure you’re not! Learn more about these dynamic ladies in this episode!
Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:
The main goal of this podcast is to provide weekly pertinent info to help you create and build your Voiceover Business
Keep in mind, your voiceover career is not just comprised of your voiceover performance, it’s also about your business which is so critical for success in this industry!
Don’t be the best voice that no one has never heard!
Anne has an extensive background in IT and Gabby’s background comes from radio. Together, their experience brings together a business podcast unlike any other! Tune in weekly!
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VO: Today’s voiceover talent is more than just a pretty voice. Today’s voiceover talent has to be a boss. A VO B.O.S.S. Set yourself up with Business Owner Strategies and Success with your host, Anne Ganguzza. Along with some of the strongest voices in our industry. Rock your business, like a boss. A VO B.O.S.S.
Anne: Welcome everybody. Welcome everybody to the VO B.O.S.S. Business Owner Strategies and Success Podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza along with my lovely co-host Gabby Nistico.
Anne: And we are here in episode 000 to talk to you a little bit about what we’re here for and all about this podcast and all about your hosts. I’ll start off by talking about what we’re here for, we are again as I mentioned, the business owner strategies and success podcast and you guys in the voiceover industry, we are all entrepreneurs. We are all bosses. And it’s a rapidly changing market. And so, our hope with this podcast is to be able to bring you pertinent information to help manage and run your voiceover businesses. We’re here to help you dream big and build your business smart. So, hopefully we’ll be giving you some really great advice and hopefully we’ll also be giving you a whole bunch of inspiration. So, don’t be the best voice talent that no one’s ever heard. You want to be a VO Boss!
Gabby: Exactly and this is a long journey for most voice actors. It’s easy to get wrapped up in training and performance and bettering your skills on mic, but forgetting all about all of the things that make you an entrepreneur in the first place. And we’re not just talking about branding and marketing. We know a lot of folks talk about that topic. We’re talking about the business of voiceover. Literally, infrastructure, and in some cases the things that nobody else likes to talk about, including things like accounting and taxes. Ugh! We love that stuff!
Anne: Yeah! We’re geeks!
Gabby: Anne and I are complete geeks! Yeah, when it comes to those topics. We love it! And so, we’re super excited to bring you our expertise and to share our insight and knowledge not only as voice actors but of course as coaches as well, so we have the benefit not only of our own voice careers but the careers of hundreds, possibly even thousands of voice actors that we’ve worked with combined. Anne, let’s go ahead and tell everybody a little bit more about you and who you are.
Anne: Well, thank you Gabby! For those of you that don’t know, my name is Anne Ganguzza and if you’ve been online at all in the past few years you’ve probably seen me around.
Anne: I actually have a fairly extensive online prescence because my background is in corporate IT. And so, I worked in corporate IT for 20 years and had a really strong background back in the late 1990s, dating myself, here we go, and implementing technology and distance learning technologies across over the internet. I’ve said this many times that I absolutely love the internet and I love technology and if I could marry them, I absolutely would. So, that’s kind of my brand in a nutshell, is just loving the internet, loving the technology and being able to help people and share resources through those mediums. So, after my 20 years, I’ll say in corporate IT, I did a few years, a 5 year stint working for an orthopedic company as a design engineer as well, and so I like to keep my careers varied. And, at the tail end of my IT career, I installed Voice Over IP phone systems. And I was that person who ended up by default just doing everybody’s welcome greetings and the phone menu trees because nobody else wanted to do it. And I found that when I was doing that, I could lock myself into an office, because it was so far, so long ago, that there was no such thing as uploading sound files, I actually had to pick up the phone and record into the phone, and that’s
Gabby: Ahh, I remember those days.
Anne: Yep, that’s how I did it. And you know, people would just say to me after that, Oh, you have such a lovely professional voice, and you know, I heard it so much that I thought, you know what? Maybe I should do this stuff on the side. And so, I did my homework and did some research. Took some coaching lessons, due diligence, got some demos produced and started working on my voiceover business part time and did that until 2008, when I moved from the east coast to the west coast and then decided after 20 years in IT that I wanted to pursue voiceover full time because I just loved it and I loved the idea of being an entrepreneur. And I will tell you that after about 10 years doing this full time, you know, I absolutely couldn’t exist if I wasn’t doing it. You know? And I say to people a lot that I can’t imagine working for somebody else now. I love voiceover but I love the business of voiceover just as much and I love the fact that we are entrepreneurs and that we can guide and we can do whatever it is that we want to do. We can truly follow our passions and so I, I’m just so excited to be able to do that. I’m excited to be able to share my experiences with you guys and hopefully it helps you guys. Gabby!
Anne: I want to hear about you because you’ve been in this industry even longer than me!
Gabby: I was going to say we’re a little yin and yang-y which is what I kind fo love about this, because you’re like this positive powerhouse little firecracker and I’m more, you know, the cynical curmudgeon from this very like, realistic view point you know, I’m going to tell you that everything sucks first. And so it’s, we do, we balance each other out, I think in the best way possible. And my career um, very different. Obviously we’ve come to the same place and we’ve ended up in a very similar place, but yeah, very different experience. My career has literally been voiceover, voiceover and more voiceover since day one. I started in the radio industry at a very, very ridiculously young age. I was 14 years old. Started off doing that and my life as a young person in and around New York City was literally radio and audio production and copywriting, and advertising and it was kid of all of the external components of voiceover and eventually that led me to doing some freelance voiceover work and that was about 1996 or so when I first started, like really getting into voiceover and then I spent a coupld more years still kind of kicking around in the ad agency world and doing audio production for some independent production houses and then eventually I got into casting. And so, I spent a number of years as a casting director and working very closely to develop talent, to book talent jobs, working on negotiating jobs and all the while, there was my voice career underneath and it was happeneing and it was doing and it was moving forward but for some reason it still wasn’t my prime objective. It was more about the people that I was working with and the talent that I was helping. Eventually I was asked to coach and so that door kind of opened and things sort of took off there, and I ended up writing a couple of books and doing different workshops and much like that’s how Anne and I met of course is on the workshop circuit and doing the big conventions and conferences in voiceover and you know, it’s the same thing. I wouldn’t give it up for the world. I love this industry, I love what I do. My days now are pretty much 30, well, i’d say 35 percent coaching and the rest is all me as a voice actress and really putting that first. And being able to put on my own entrepreneur hat every day and get out there and kick ass and take names and I love it.
Anne: I do too, man. I’ll tell ya. Actually, I would say, yes, I coach about the same amount 30-35% and the rest for me is voiceover. I like to really keep myself in the pulse of the industry. I think it makes me a better coach.
Gabby: Absolutely. Yeah! It does.
Anne: But, and the other thing too though, is that I just love the fact that we have come together, I mean, Gabby, I’ve been wanting to work with you for many, many years. Once I met you I was just like, Oh my gosh, I would love to do a project and so I’m super excited that we’re here together doing this podcast, like, every week. And so, yeah, you guys can expect a really cool podcast from us every week. It’s going to be anywhere from 20-30 minutes and we’re going to talk about different topics in the voiceover industry and voiceover business as well as, every once in a while we’re going to bring in some really cool guests. So you guys are going to get a chance to listen to how everybody in the industry, or not everybody, but you know, quite a few of us are really, how we make it work. How we are our own VO Boss.
Gabby: And these aren’t just any guests. These are guests that are in the trenches. These are literally people that are in it, that are doing it every day, that are working voice actors like all of us. Living it and sharing their individual expertise and sometimes their pitfalls and giving us, you know, again a really realistic view of what it takes to do this and to do it well.
Anne: Yeah, we’re not going to sugar coat things, guys. This is going to be the way it is. In the trenches, real life, our issues, you know, our concerns, our successes, you know, and our failures. And I think that’s probably one of the best ways that we can help each other to learn is to really share those things.
Gabby: And what we’re hoping to do in many cases, answer questions that you might be afraid to ask. Talk about the things that a lot of voice actors shy away from because they don’t want to seem like they don’t know and they don’t want to seem like… Because that can ding and tarnish that reputation as an entrepreneur. So we’re going to do it for you. We’re going to help you there.
Anne: We’re going to dispel all the social media myths of all the voiceovers that you’ll only see success about. We’re going to tell it like it is and just to let you guys know, we do have a website, voboss.com and if you want to hear the latest podcast episodes, you can always visit us there. We also have a Facebook page, so if you could like us @vobosspodcast that’s all one word, @vobosspodcast and our Twitter @vo_boss.
Gabby: Yep. You can subscribe to our episodes on iTunes or on Stitcher and we have a sponsor too! All of our audio is brought to you by ipDTL. We’ve been a huge fan of theirs since the beginning. Anne and I both separately, just fell in love with this company and we’re so excited that they’re working with us, and literally this is how we’re recording these shows. Anne in Irvine, me in Charlotte, North Carolina and we’re bringing them to you over ipDTL.com. You can find out more about them on their website, yeah.
Anne: And you too, you too can record like a boss!
Gabby: Yes you can!
Anne: By finding out more at ipDTL.com. Well, Gabby, it’s been a great 000 episode and I’m so glad that you guys joined us and I hope you join us in the future, every single week. Go ahead and find us on the website and the places we just mentioned and just, or binge listen to all of our podcasts. We thank you guys so much in advance and we hope to see you next week! In the meantime, guys, rock your business like a boss!
Gabby: A VO B.O.S.S.
Anne: Take care, guys. Bye bye!
VO: Rock your business like a boss. A VO B.O.S.S. All rights reserved. Anne Ganguzza Voice Talent in association with Three Moon Media. Redistribution with permission. Coast to coast connectivity via ipDTL.
Gabby Nistico no longer appears on the VO BOSS podcast.