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Baby Steps and Big Voices: A Mummy's Journey into Voice Acting

Buckle up, because you’ve just stumbled upon my very first blog post! It’s all about passion, parenthood, and what it was that led me into the enchanting world of voice acting

From the early days, I was that annoying child who, armed with confidence and determination, could coerce even the most stoic soul into downing their mince pies and watching my self-directed one-woman Nativity extravaganza. Fast forward to today, I might be a tad less annoying (fingers crossed), but that fiery passion for performing still burns bright within me.

After earning my degree in Acting and spending 13 amazing years as a working actor, I embarked on my next adventure of motherhood. As my maternity leave drew to a close, the prospect of returning to the demanding world of acting sent shivers down my spine. The late nights, the long hours, the days away from home - I couldn’t even imagine being away from Willow for a day so I came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to go back to that life.

I found myself soul-searching, wondering if there was a way to balance my passion for performing with my new role as a mother. The persistent thought of being there to pick her up from school echoed in my mind. I grappled with the idea of giving up the career I adored, one I had painstakingly built over the years.

Then, the idea of voice acting sauntered into my thoughts. The relief that washed over me when I realised there was a way to merge my love for performance with my desire to be present for my daughter was immeasurable. In that moment, a new chapter began – one where I could chase my dreams with a microphone in hand and my little one by my side.

She became my driving force, my reason to dive headfirst into this new adventure. Yet, it hasn’t been easy. Starting anew meant scraping funds together for equipment, demo reels, websites, and voice training. But armed with my past experience and unwavering determination, I knew I had the talent to make a go of it.

Little did I know, being a Mummy is the ultimate training ground. It has reinvigorated my creativity; I spend hours and hours with my daughter doing endless silly voices and storytelling and roleplaying her favourite characters. It’s given me an arsenal of characters and an ocean of patience (oh, so much patience!) I’ve also found that being a parent has hugely enhanced some skills that are so important as a voice artist, like being adaptable, being able to multitask and quick problem solving.

Navigating the waters of being a new mum and an aspiring voice artist simultaneously hasn’t been easy. I have to continue to do the day job to earn money (hello nursery fees!) as well as find time to train and practice; which is difficult when all you want to do once the baby is in bed is sit on the couch and watch Netflix. But amid the chaos, my goal remains crystal clear: to be there for her, every day.

In just nine short months, this journey has transformed me, both personally and professionally. The drive to succeed has taken on a whole new meaning, surprising even myself with my determination. I've set ambitious goals: from the everyday dream of picking my daughter up from school to the grand visions of voicing a AAA game and being able to support my family entirely through voice acting.

Yet, amidst all these goals, there’s a quiet, steadfast one in the back of my mind: to make my daughter proud. To show her the hard work and the late nights are worth doing to chase your dreams. I want her to learn that with determination, passion, and a bit of silliness, she can go out there and take whatever she wants for herself (in life, not the supermarket).

So here I am, in this whirlwind adventure of voices and reusable nappies, chasing dreams, and cherishing every moment of parenthood. And most importantly, trying to remember that life’s most beautiful stories are written in the quiet moments between chaos and cuddles.

Until next time,

I am available for work on 𝗧𝗩, 𝗢𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀, 𝗔𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗡𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗘 - 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗧𝗩 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘀, 𝗡𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁𝘀.

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