From The Booth and Beyond
By From The Booth and Beyond
A group of aspiring Voice Actors share their stories as they pursue a voice acting career. Follow their journey from the very beginning, through their ups and downs and everything in between. Get an honest glimpse behind the acoustic curtain as these "VO Buddies", turned real-life friends, get real about their experiences in and out of the booth. They discuss life, success, family, personal and professional struggles but there will also be plenty of laughter. They could not be more different but they somehow found their common thread.
Personality Tests Part 1
In the first part of this two-part series, Jozlyn, Gaby, and Lloyd go into their discoveries after taking the 16personalities test. Was the test accurate? Were there any surprising findings? Tune in to find out! Frankie and Angela dive into what they found on the next episode. Episode Links: 16personalities
February 03, 2023
Bonus Week 19
January 31, 2023
I raise you 1 P2P, for 2 more
Jozlyn talks about her acting training experience. Angela talks about an intimidating partner read she struggled through. We talk about the harsh reality of facing the real VO world, outside of class, once you are ready to venture out. Jozlyn and Angela discuss the pay to play sites that they utilize to find VO work, which are working for them, and which are not. Episode Links Voices Voices123 Backstage Bunny Studios Fivver VO Planet The Voice Realm
January 20, 2023
How ya doin?
Frankie shares his new backdrop as he continues to move forward with his acting training. Joz shares another success in her VO career. Gaby booked another gig! Angela booked a major Quaker Oats job! Gaby has only been booking jobs in Spanish. Angela has not been feeling well but nothing some whiskey (and honey) can't fix! Lloyd makes some short statements hat could turn into long stories. Lloyd releases some work related frustrations and his struggles with self-esteem. What is the is the ideal way to put your best forward? Carefully curating your content or just do your own thing and be real? We must find valid reasons to be happy, like seeing a butterfly on a unicorn - Angela.
January 06, 2023
Failure is Fun!
Joz takes an Improv class and talks about her experience. We talk about the concept of "Failure is fun" and how we can incorporate it into our lives as we pursue our artistic endeavors. Life is hard as it is so don't be too hard on yourself, allow yourself to fail because there are lessons in those failures. Gaby shares a bit about her experiences with failure and how she is changing her mindset. Lloyd shares the frustration of being told he was "close" to being ready to record his demo when he was expecting a yes and how an unexpected comment from a coach helped him. Embrace the suck and growth will come.
December 23, 2022
We're the Cake
We are all over the place on this one! We start with some technical issues from Angela and we all try to troubleshoot. Frankie shares some exciting news about his new acting career path. We talk about how VO and Acting cross over. Frankie shares how meaningful it was for Joz to join him for his first acting class. It is important to have buddies to go along your journey. Joz shares the acting class experience from her perspective. Then, Gaby shares her new VO booth! Angela shares some of the struggles with audio she is facing in her new space. Episode Links: The Online Acting Studio Snap Studio Portable Vocal Booth iZotope RX Elements Memory Foam Mat Audimute Sound Absorption Sheet Soundproofing Apogee HypeMic USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone Shure MV88 Microphone
December 09, 2022
Boy's Night Out
Frankie and Lloyd discuss life, struggles, goals and everything in between. Life can often get in the way but you've got to stick with it, good things come to those who persist. Let's hear it for the boys!
November 25, 2022
Jozlyn had not been feeling well for the last couple of weeks and during this time got her biggest audition opportunity to date. The show must go on so she just had to push through. Angela joins us as she is still settling in after her big move and into her new life after radio. This gets us talking about big transitions in life that change your way of life. Like going from a job where you get a paycheck every other week to a job where you are solely responsible to search for opportunities to make money. Such as being a Voice Artist or Actor and auditioning for projects in order to make ends meet. Angela is still trying to figure out her booth space to fully go into audition mode. Angela admits that she does much better when she has a concrete schedule, which is something she is actively working on. Don't get stuck in the booth! Make sure you take breaks because self care is important to keep you energized and motivated.
November 11, 2022
I'll have what she's having!
Jozlyn shares the booth struggles while dealing with her kids and pups. Lloyd is feeling better and ready to start taking classes again. There is no diving into Audibooks, it requires a great deal of training. We do dive right in to our conversation though, we talk about accepting jobs where you question your morals or the pay that they are offering as compared to the amount of work required. What is fair when you are starting out? What if it is in Perpetuity? We then discuss whether or not we would accept jobs with messages and/or beliefs that we don't agree with. As Jozlyn mentioned, maybe if you are not able to connect with the copy that does not align with your morals perhaps it will not sound as good or authentic. Do you have a price? We get derailed, as we often do, and start talking about the Backstreet Boys, Milli Vanilli, Karaoke song selections, and how Lloyd has never been to a concert. The takeaway? Your booth your rules, do what you need to do to move forward and create the career you envision, make choices you are comfortable with, and trust your gut. Also, you can't moan good when your throat is tightening up! Episode Notes/Links: @SaraSecoraVO on Twitter
October 28, 2022
Finding Your VO Website Essence
Jozlyn is juggling many people and too many things! Frankie and Jozlyn talk about auditing an online acting class they are planning to take. Angela finally got home and has yet to unpack and is figuring her life out. Gaby joins us from her phone and then that gets us on a whole conversation about phones. Angela shares her plans to get her booth going in her new home. We discuss VO websites, Jozlyn worked with a website developer and talks about the struggles that come along with that, like how difficult it can be to communicate your ideas to someone else. Then Gaby shares the difficulty of taking on the task of creating her own website and producing the content she envisions for the website. Jozlyn talks about the process of getting her website created, from photography to fonts to design, she experienced some hiccups but ultimately was able to get it done. Angela had a hard time finding her tagline. Jozlyn had a tagline but forgot about the logo so she created it after the website was completed. We then discuss about what parts of your demo to put on your website and how to do it. How do we find our essence? Jozlyn shares what influences she pulled from to find her essence. All of this and so much more! Enjoy! "Developing your website is almost like planning a wedding" - Jozlyn Episode Links: https://www.astonmics.com/EN/product/mics/spirit
October 14, 2022
Bonus - All About the Brows
We just keep recording and see where the conversation takes us.
October 11, 2022
Jozlyn and Angela start off by talking about vision boards. Angela is overwhelmed by the moving process. Jozlyn is moving closets, yet again, and talks about booth struggles. Angela loves to rearrange things in order to allow for new energy. Gaby talks about the air mattress in her booth. In the beginning, everyone has to get creative to soundproof their space. What is your ideal booth setup? Episode links: https://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Stainless-Steel-T-Pins-53mm/dp/B07FTC7ZX7/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?keywords=t+pins&qid=1664318591&qu=eyJxc2MiOiI0LjM4IiwicXNhIjoiMy45OCIsInFzcCI6IjMuODcifQ%3D%3D&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Stardrops-Ultimate-Cleaning-Multi-Purpose-Bathroom/dp/B08V7G5GYH/ref=sr_1_6?crid=3GDUDBOOLYDPO&keywords=pink+stuff&qid=1664318635&qu=eyJxc2MiOiI0LjA0IiwicXNhIjoiMy43MiIsInFzcCI6IjMuNjMifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=pink+stuyff%2Caps%2C325&sr=8-6 https://www.amazon.com/DEKIRU-Acoustic-Dampening-Soundproofing-Treatment/dp/B07VGKJNFT/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=18YXK0716PPMG&keywords=corner+bass+traps&qid=1664318840&qu=eyJxc2MiOiI1LjcxIiwicXNhIjoiNS4xMSIsInFzcCI6IjQuMzgifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=base+traps%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1
September 30, 2022
Consistency is Key
Jozlyn, Frankie, Gaby, and Lloyd get off to a wild start filled with sweet potato fries, barking dogs, and air mattresses! Jozlyn's sister was in town and we discuss having family support throughout this process. What happens after your demo is done? Realizing this is a long game and learning how to move forward while being patient and consistent. Jozlyn talks about launching her website "It's a whole lot of me". She also talks about setting goals when it comes to auditions and trying to stick to those goals while trying to remain positive through the struggle. Gaby talks about her experience after completing her demo and her approach to auditions and how to stand out above the rest. "Quotes, Rates, and Automobiles" When it comes to quotes and rates, do you like them? Do you even understand them? Jozlyn and Gaby try to figure it all out. We also talk Production Companies and Agents, when is it the right time to approach them? Then Angela joins us as she is preparing to leave Las Vegas and start a new journey. Angela weighs in on the audition discussion and also talks about her plans to get an agent. We also talk about P2P sites and how to best make them work for you and your needs. It's all about finding your flow. And remember, it is great to set goals for yourself but remain flexible as you do so because often times goals can shift and change. Episode links: https://www.voices.com/ https://voice123.com/ https://www.backstage.com/ https://bunnystudio.com/
September 16, 2022
Being the Center of Attention is NOT for Everyone
We kick off this episode with Jozlyn's Mexican food order, move to Frankie's search for a microphone stand and then go right back to Jozlyn's food delivery. Jozlyn is working on her website and talks about what that process has been like and the costs involved. This leads to a bigger conversation about all the upfront costs that come along with starting your business and spending money that you won't necessarily see a return in right away. But when you have a vision as to what you want your business to look like, some people would much rather spend the money up front and others will just get the work going and build the business in stages. Angela is also working on her website but she is taking a different approach. Her 12yo son is helping her to just get all the basic information on the website and later on, as she gets more money coming in, she will hire a professional to create it. "You gotta start where you are and then build on it". Our resident Graphic Designer, Gaby, built her own website in one night and talks about her process and wanting to take professional photos. We find out that Jozlyn does not like to be the center of attention, which she found out during the photo session for her business and feels as if she should've had her hair and make up done. We talk about the importance of truly capturing your essence when it comes to your brand and business and making sure that it all reflects who you truly are. To WAV or not to WAV? That is the question. We discuss file formats when it comes to submitting work to clients and how Angela helped Gaby during an urgent high res situation. We celebrate Gaby's getting her first gig! And she talks about how Lloyd inspired her by submitting himself for a gig that was out of his comfort zone but her just went for it and let it ALL go. We also discuss the different avenues people can explore to try to get work. As we talk about why we prefer to be behind the mic, Angela talks about how when she was hosting a live event she totally bombed as she fumbled some words and lost her spot, "All the words turned into triangles and squares, I felt like I was having a stroke!" This episode is jam packed! Don't miss it! https://wordpress.com/ wix.com
September 02, 2022
Recycling is Not a Thing
Jozlyn shares her experiences with her new microphone and testing new VO booth spaces around her house. Lloyd gives updates on his health and on his job (which he hates). We learn why Lloyd gets pissed off about once a week regarding the gatekeeping of resources in the country. Gas prices, food prices and the cost of living overall and why America does not recycle. This is a very interesting and eye opening conversation about the state of recycling and some of the ways to manage waste and be kinder to the environment. A discussion about paper towels lead to finding a new voice inflection for Lloyd. Overall we learn a lot of new facts about Jozlyn and Lloyd, like Joz's frozen bags of food garbage, Lloyd might be a germaphobe, nothing really dries in Florida, and Lloyd will not be mixing chemicals ever again. Do you use paper towels? Do you use a sponge? Do you use your dishwasher or just use it as storage? Deodorant making? So many questions! and this episode is full of answers and some "funny" facts, some not so funny but very informative nonetheless. You don't want to miss this! There's always a can of worms to be opened!
August 19, 2022
High Places With Sharp Bends
Jozlyn, Angela, and Lloyd talk about the right time to rip the band-aid off and face the music. When we start a new chapter, what do we hold on to? and what do we let go off? They share road trip preferences, scary driving stories, getting lost, and happy accidents. What makes a good driver and a bad driver and how driving differs from state to state. Setting boundaries as a geriatric millennial and what even is a millennial? Are we even recording?! And finally, how do you put yourself out there on social media while keeping your VO career in mind. "I like tacos not cats" - Joz LMAO!
August 05, 2022
Don't Be Your Own Roadblock
Coming from Jozlyn's tiny closet studio! We are celebrating Jozlyn being demo ready, it is all about celebrating victories along the journey. We talk about embracing changes as Angela and Frankie consider a move back home and what that means for their VO career. We also discuss how to prepare for unexpected, and/or expected, expenses throughout your career, specifically as you are starting out as you want to put your best foot forward and incrementally upgrade your equipment. We touch on what led us to VO and what our "big picture" goals are and it gets surprisingly deep as we discuss self-acceptance and issues that do not allow us to move forward and how we often act as our own roadblock. We gotta Flip the Script! Be kind to yourself.
July 22, 2022
Dating & VO, You Gotta Find Your Flow
This is a wild one! We talk about random and/or weird jobs we previously had, random words we have trouble saying or just don't like to say, and we are introduced to Lloyd's Fun Facts! Fun Fact: Lloyd is full of so much information. We also talk personality tests and dating!
July 08, 2022
Lloyd's Origin Story
What can we say about Lloyd? He is a beautiful and kind soul who you can always count on to bring all the interesting facts and questions about the world around us to the table. He is a very talented voice actor who is eager and ready to take the voice over world by storm. Join us as we explore his journey so far.
June 24, 2022
Angela's Origin Story
Angela is quite a personality! She is bubbly and SO funny! She brings brightness and joyfulness to everything she does. Angela has a "just go with it and see what happens" attitude which has served her well. She is determined and committed to create a better life for herself and her family. Angela is an incredibly talented voice actor who, we know for sure, will achieve greatness in this industry.
June 24, 2022
Gaby with a Y - Origin Story
We explore the origins of our traveling mama, Gaby. We discuss everything from her many travels to her many voices. She is our designated life coach who constantly pushes us out of our comfort zone. Where in the world is Gaby today?
June 10, 2022
PR Guru - Jozlyn's Origin Story
We take a deep dive into the journey of our PR Guru Jozlyn. She's our beach loving, mermaid vibes, note taking, queen of the side hustle. She is deeply connected to the world in a spiritual way and plugged into the emotions of those around her. She is a collector of the gems, or crumbs, she finds along her path, from sea shells, to crystals, to words of encouragement. She's a fearless mom, podcast host, and producer who, while Keeping Up With the Chaos, jumped in head first to pursue a VO career. Welcome to Jozlyn!
June 10, 2022
Frankie's Origin Story
In our first episode ever we explore Frankie's origin story, learn how he stumbled upon voice over and how he became our resident baby grandma.
June 03, 2022
From The Booth and Beyond Trailer
June 03, 2022