Special Guest: Rob Reese – Warrior Voices

In honor of Veteran’s Day and all who have served, The Bosses have a super special guest – Rob Reese, Founder of WarriorVoices.org. Warrior Voices is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to training and job places for voiceover veterans. Rob tells us all about the amazing work his volunteer staff is doing to make a difference in the lives of veterans every day. These good works left us speechless a few times. This episode will give you all the feels!



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. WarriorVoices.org provides training, equipment, demos and more to Veterans free of charge.

  2. Veterans are very well suited to a career in voiceover. Especially those with disabilities.

  3. The digital nature of voiceover allows veteran voice actors to work from all over the world.

  4. All Veterans from any branch of service are encouraged to contact Warrior Voices.

  5. Norm Silver created the Warrior Voices voiceover curriculum.

  6. Vets with PTSD may have a hard time working a standard 9-5, so at-home work environments are a great option for them.

  7. Warrior Voices is 100% volunteer and they are actively seeking more help.

  8. As a 501-c3 non-profit company, any money a client pays is 100% a charitable donation that they can claim on their taxes.

  9. All the money a client pays for a voiceover goes to the Veteran. Warrior Voices doesn’t change a commission.

  10. Warrior Voices will also create commercials free of charge for any Veteran owned business.


Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++


Visit the Warrior Voices Website
Learn more about Rob Reese
Recorded on ipDTL

Transcript

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Anne: Welcome, everybody, to a special edition of VO BOSS. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my amazing cohost, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby!

Gabby: Hello!

Anne: Gabby, today we are talking with Rob Reese, who is founder and CEO of Warrior Voices, an amazing nonprofit organization, whose goal is to provide support, training and employment for veterans and their spouses in voice acting and voiceover services. Welcome, Rob Reese, to the show. Thank you so much for joining us.

Rob: Hi.

Anne: You have such an impressive resume and experience in all aspects of voiceover and production. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started with Warrior Voices.

Rob: Well, I, I started radio when I was 17 years old up in a tiny little town called Petoskey, Michigan. And from there, I, I got into voiceover, voicing for the station. I’d voiceover advertising and you know, commercials, different things of that nature. That eventually blossomed into a television career, and as far as how Warrior Voices came about, it was January 5, 2014, about 6:05 a.m. I woke up with the words “warrior voices” in my head, and couldn’t figure out why I was thinking about those two words. Was getting my daughters ready to go to school, and poured a cup of coffee, decided to check my email, and I had an audition request for a voiceover. And that’s when the lightbulb went on, and I knew right then, Warrior Voices is going to be a U.S. military veteran voiceover agency, and we’re going to teach especially disabled veterans. That was our, that’s our main focus is to help disabled veterans with this. Within a couple of weeks, we had a Board of Directors. We had a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS within three months, and away we went. And since 2015, we have given out over $150,000 in voiceover work to the veterans that are on our talent roster.

Gabby: Wow.

Anne: Wow, congratulations. That’s amazing.

Gabby: So cool. I kind of found you guys I think through social media, and I was just blown away. I was like, this has got to be one of the coolest things happening in our industry right now, and more people need to be aware of it. And of course we wanted to have you on specifically for Veterans’ Day. Can you tell us a little bit about what some of these vets are going through, what some of the process looks like with training, and, and just helping them to have this new career?

Rob: We receive emails believe it or not from veterans all over the world, who are living in the Philippines, Vietnam, Germany, and —

Anne: Wow.

Rob: And of course all across the United States. And when a — when they find us, a veteran will email us and inquire about online voiceover Academy or voiceover training. And if they’re from, let’s say, Dallas, Texas, we have a coach down in Dallas, Texas, we put them together with a coach, and they, they begin coaching them. They give them lessons. They teach them mic techniques. Everything we do is free for the veterans. So all of the training, if they need a blue microphone or if they need even a laptop, we’ll, we’ll provide those for them. And then once they’re, once they’ve gone through the training, we create a demo for them, a voice reel, and we create a talent page, and so they become a Warrior Voice talent upon graduating were being certified as a voiceover talent.

Anne: Wow, you are like an all in one. That’s amazing. Not just —