Special Guests: The Sheppards

We got ‘em. The VO power couple: Sheppard squared!


Erik and Lindsay Sheppard join Anne and Gabby this week for the VO B.O.S.S.’s first ever four-way! Both Lindsay and Erik have been in the industry since they’re late teens and have been killing it ever since! They are both voice actors, agents, activists, educators, YouTubers and parents! In this episode they share how they got started in VO, how they met, what they’re doing to help unify the VO industry, goals they have for the future and recommendations for EVERY voice talent!



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Lindsay and Erik are the VO power couple

  2. Keep up with The Outspoken YouTube Channel

  3. Union vs Non-Union – we’re all in this together

  4. Don’t waste your time marketing yourself to other voice talent

  5. Lindsay’s Advice: Say NO more


Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++


Lindsay’s Website – Bubblegum Voice
The Sheppard Agency
The Outspoken YouTube Channel
VO Agent Alliance
The Hub
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Transcript

VO: Today 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’s 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, to the VO B.O.S.S. Podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my beautiful co-host, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby!

Gabby: Hi, Anne.

Anne: Gabby. I am super duper excited today because we have not one but two special, special guests with us today. A power couple extraordinaire, we have Sheppards squared. Lindsay and Erik Sheppard.

Gabby: YAY!

Anne: Yay, welcome, guys, to the podcast, thanks so much for joining us.

Erik: And the crowd goes wild.

Gabby: Whoa!

Anne: It does. You know there’s so many questions–

Gabby: So, let’s–There is! There’s so many questions so let’s do a real basic recap for the folks–just so everybody knows exactly who it is we’re talking to. So, Lindsay and Erik, couple, they have beautiful children, voice actors, voiceover agents. Erik, of course, being the brains and mastermind behind The Outspoken – a very popular YouTube channel that you may have seen. They are activist in our industry. Obviously, supporters of our industry, educators. I mean, what haven’t you guys done?

Anne: I know, right? It’s crazy.

Gabby: Am I missing anything?

Erik: Slept.

Gabby: Yeah!

Anne: Tell us a little bit about how you guys got into the industry, and let’s just go individually. Let’s start with Lindsay.

Lindsay: Okay. I went to college for animation, too many years ago, for the drawing part of it. And I was the only girl in my class, so for all of our student projects I had to be the one to do the female voices, so I’m like, “Wait, this is more fun than drawing. I don’t have the patience for that.” So… that’s just kinda how I got into it.

Anne: And, Erik, what about you?

Erik: I been doin’ this forever. I did my first VO project when I was about 17, for a friend’s parent’s company, they had a law firm. And they wanted me to do their telephony setup, and they paid me a couple hundred bucks, which was, like, crazy amounts of beer money when you’re, you know, kind of a kid, and that was it. You know, I was hooked. And I’m still doing telephony today. So, nothing much has changed.–

Anne: I love telephony. Erik:–I’m boring and–

Lindsay: But I love telephony.

Anne: I like it too. Boring? Because he’s boring.

Gabby: So unbelievably humble and played down. The two of them.–

Erik: Predictable.

Gabby: So, how did you guys meet?