Before I quit my radio job, I was overcome with being trapped in a stagnant position. I was reporting traffic and every creative aspect of my job had been taken away with new leadership. I had to tell people the same bad news everyday without an ounce of humanity and it killed me. I thought about years of doing this same thing without growing or being challenged and it felt suffocating. 

Being on my own for the past 7 years, I’ve felt the exact opposite of being stagnant. 

I know the range of emotions, heartbreak and change that has taken place this year is more than overwhelming. Whether you’re starting your VO journey or have been on it for awhile, it has been challenging. But here’s the gift or the lesson in that…
Flexibility and Adaptability

In the seven years I’ve been a full-time VO talent and actor, things have changed SOOOOO much in the VO world. I don’t think there’s ever been a time where I felt like I COULD just get comfortable or complacent in my career. But navigating a career like this takes more than classes. Being in a posture of flexibility and adaptability doesn’t happen naturally or overnight. It takes challenging circumstances. 

Remembering the stagnant and trapped feeling from my “comfortable” days in radio has made me lean into the challenging days we’ve faced recently. It doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s hard and that there are days I just want to get into bed and cover my head, but if you and I can just keep pressing forward, doing what we can for today, tomorrow we’ll be better than before. 

Before I wrap up this email newsletter, I want to also say that Atlanta Voiceover Studio will continue to stand with our African American community. We’ve actually been having the conversation long before this year’s national conversation about how we can help build the African American voiceover community. We’re still working on the best way to do that, so thank you for your patience. We want to not just offer something in response but with intentionality, purpose, sensitivity and long-term change. 

And I don’t think we’ve said this recently but please know that we appreciate YOU. We appreciate you trusting our instructors, our engineers, our coaches, Hunter, Mike and myself. We strive to provide a warm, welcoming and supportive environment. 

-Mike and Heidi

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