BOSS Mindset – #VOLOVE

Oh for the love of VOICE! We thought we’d let YOU tell us what you love about VO! This very special episode features a bunch of guest Bosses from around the globe! A big thanks to Stephanie Matard, Linda Poff, Brian Craddock, Morgan Walton and Adam Dergiman. When entrepreneurs share their love, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. We’re all here because of love.

  2. Voiceover actors LOVE what they do and have chosen this career.

  3. We all have unique challenges but its love that keeps us going.

  4. As an industry – we are full of love.

  5. The voiceover community – more so than other areas of acting – lifts one another up.

  6. We work to meet our personal best and challenge ourselves.

  7. We can love this career and make money – it’s a great bonus.

  8. At most trade shows people shake hands – voice actors are huggers!

  9. We get to work and train with our idols – we’re an attainable community.

  10. Many people in corporate jobs crave a playfulness and the fun we get to experience for a living. We can be ourselves and simultaneously be a character.

  11. Our industry does not restrict our individuality or personal sense of style. It’s encouraged.

  12. Bring yourself to everything you do in voiceover. If you are brave and bring yourself to the party – voiceover will work for you.

  13. Be in touch with yourself – accept and love yourself.

  14. Most voiceover actors both love and hate their voice in cycles.

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Stephanie Matard’s Website
Linda Poff’s Website
Brian Craddock’s Business Page
Morgan Walton’s Website
Adam Dergiman’s Website
Recorded on ipDTL

Full Episode Transcript

>> Today’s voiceover talent is more than just a pretty voice.

>> Pretty voice.

>> Pretty voice.

>> Pretty voice.

>> Today’s voiceover talent has to be a BOSS.

>> BOSS.

>> A BOSS.

>> A BOSS.

>> Join us each week for business owner strategies and success with your hosts Anne Ganguzza and Gabrielle Nistico, along with some of the strongest voices in our industry.

>> Rock your business.

>> Rock your business.

>> Rock your business.

>> Like a BOSS.

>> Like a BOSS.

>> Rock your business like a BOSS.

>> Rock your business like a BOSS.




Stephanie: Hi everybody, hello BOSSes. My name is Stephanie Matard, and I am an entrepreneur. I am a VO BOSS, and I am BOSSalicious. I love it. Before I say anything about myself, because let’s be honest, we don’t really, we don’t really care. We just, we just want Anne and Gabby. That’s the main, the main event, OK? So I just want to say, thank you so very, very much for everything that you are doing, and it is sometimes creepy when there are situations that are going on in my business, and you guys then have a podcast about that same subject. And I sometimes feel like you’re tapping into my phone wires or like spying on my VO BOSS life because you know all the subjects. It’s quite impressive. So [laughs] anyways, thank you so much for all that you’re doing. So the question is, what do you love about voiceover? And for me it starts with being an entrepreneur. I was 16 years old, working at the Pretzel Stop in Toledo, Ohio. At that time I was 16, and I was already saying this business stuff is cool. I’m into it. I want to do this. This is, I want to be my own boss one day. So with this entrepreneurial ideal in the back of my mind, I said, “why don’t I go for the easiest entrepreneurial thing that we can ever do, and that everybody is a success at it? I’m going to become an actress.” So I ended up studying theater and drama in San Diego, and then I got a job in Italy. And after Italy I met my husband, and the rest is history. And I ended up in France. So I’m a French-American now and I live in France, and the situation is that when you are an actor, normally you have to speak the language. And when I first got here, I did not speak one word of French. It was horrible. So I kind of put all those dreams aside, and I got a regular 9-to-5 job, and I wanted to put bicycle spokes into my eyeballs every single day. Fast forwarding again to recent years and my husband basically saying, “hey, Steph, I’m looking at these ads, and they’re looking for English-speaking voiceovers.” I’m like, “what, what is that,” in like my dumbness, and I realize that, “hey, this voiceover thing, there’s something to it. I can live and work in France and speak English and bring a value to my clients and serve them because I am now in a niche market here, and I can also work globally from any client all over the world. And I can now follow my dreams, and I can become an entrepreneur, and this is so exciting!” So I studied, and I studied, and I did some internships, and I did some training, and I learned about equipment, and I did so many things. I did all the things. And every single step of the way, it felt right. There was that knowing, sort of like when you meet the right guy, and you’re like, “yeah, I’m going to marry this Frenchie, and I’m going to leave my whole country, and friends, and everybody.” And everybody’s like, are you sure? And I’m like, “this is totally right. I get it.” Now we have been married for nine years. So, but I knew it in the depths of my soul that this was the right thing, and that’s kind of how I felt about voiceover. I’m following my gut here on this one. It’s like that gut feeling that’s saying, “this is why, this is what you should be doing,” that sensation that you know that you’re in the right place. So I hope that you guys are all in the right place, and I hope you guys are rocking your business like a BOSS, and thank you, Anne and Gabby, for this opportunity to be on the VO BOSS podcast! Woop-woop!

Anne: Welcome, everybody, to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my VO Valentine bestie, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby.

Gabby: Awww! VO Valentine!

Anne: Yay!!

Gabby: Oh, I love you.

Anne: ‘Cause I love my VO Valentine BOSStie-bestie Gabby.

Gabby: Yeahhh! It is, it’s the Valentine’s day addition of VO BOSS. Instead of us telling you all the reasons that we love voiceover, um that we ask you all the reasons that you love voiceover. And so we have some very special guest BOSSes for today’s episode.

Anne: We do. And we are so full of… love.

Gabby: Oh, I thought you were going to say something else, but yeah.

Anne: Wait, that just sounded bad, didn’t it?

Gabby: [laughs]

Anne: We are so full of love.

Gabby: Full of –

Anne: Gabby and I.

Gabby: – something.

[both laugh]

Anne: We’re full of something. You know, I love this podcast. I say this all the time, I love working with you. I love the fact that we’re doing something cool for the community and that hopefully they’re benefiting and getting some really good stuff out of it. I don’t know, Gab, I mean, it just makes me feel good.

Gabby: I’m swaying and blushing. You just can’t see it yet.

Anne: Aww! [laughs]

Gabby: [laughs] I totally – I know what you mean. I do, and I love the love, period, that, the outpouring of support that we’ve received. I love when we have random people come up to us and tell us that something that we did or said in the podcast has helped them or impacted their career, or you know, I – you know what? Actually the thing that I love the most is the “I needed to hear that today” comments, or when somebody goes, you know, “I thought it was just me.”

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: I’m like, “no, it’s never just you. It’s not. It’s never just me either.” We’re all in this.

Anne: Yeah. Sending us an email, thanking us –

Gabby: Yeah.

Anne: – or giving us a text message saying “thanks so much for talking about that, that was really helpful, and I really needed to hear that,” I love that too. That’s probably one of my favorite things –

Gabby: Yeah.

Anne: – that I love about this podcast. [laughs]

Gabby: You know what? There’s two guest BOSSes today that are right there with you. So Linda Poff and also Morgan Walton were cool enough to send us their audio as to why they love voiceover and what they love about our business. And the resounding answer was this industry, the people. So let’s hear what they have to say.

Morgan: Hey, BOSSes, this is Morgan Walton, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, now #CalifoniaDreamin in SoCal. I want to thank you ladies for everything you do for this community. I really enjoy all the information and advice you guys give us on a weekly basis, and that really kind of goes hand-in-hand with what I love about VO. Now I mean, I love creating characters. I love doing the character work and bringing the words from the scripts to life, but the overall support that we have for each other is absolutely stunning. I have been in the theater community and the live-action community for over 25 years, which parts of that can get downright nasty. So it’s refreshing to see how welcoming and supportive this community really is. I mean, and how much we stand up for each other, which you don’t see very often in the acting world. Honestly the camaraderie and support for each other in every step of the process is really just heartwarming and makes the entire process that much more magical. So my part that I love about VO is just this amazing, supportive group which, thank you for everything you guys do that helps lead that frame of mind. Thank you for giving the opportunity to share our voices with everyone. So sweet VO dreams to everybody out there, and appreciate and keep working and doing the things that we’re doing here.

Linda: Hi, this is your SoCal VO gal Linda Poff, talking to you live here from beautiful southern California on a Sunday afternoon. While there’s a lot of reasons to love VO, to be honest, and it was really hard for me – I thought about this all day – the different things I love about VO and to pick just one, ehh, how do you pick? You guys, we have the most spectacular community. It is so supportive. We fill each other in on opportunities. We give each other heads up on scams. We give each other direction towards great coaches, great groups to join up with, wonderful seminars to attend. I mean, I can’t say that I’ve ever experienced that with any other group or society that I’ve belonged to. In a nutshell, why do I love VO so much? I guess because it’s a moving target, and I’m always trying to beat my best and hit that target every single time. So I love the challenge. I don’t get frustrated. Sometimes I do, a little bit. But I love the challenge. It’s always pushing me to be my best