I left my copywriting job at the then Mix96 radio station after 6 years when I got pregnant with my first son, Ethan. Before I left, I asked that kind producer who led me to my first on-air commercial announcement if he could put together a demo for me, on a CD, to take with me. He did.
Now, as any new mom knows, I became completely focused on my child. I got a part-time gig singing for mom and their children, and before I knew it, I was pregnant with my second son, Micah, 4 years later in 2010.
My focus once again turned to motherhood, until a year ago. I suddenly felt this strong drive to work again. Both my kids were in school during the day and I wanted to do something productive, and not just shop at the mall. I came into contact with an old colleague of mine, who used to be announcer at Mix96, but was now working from his home, making tons of money as a full time voice artist. He quickly became my source of inspiration, and gave me tons of great advice on how to get started in my new career.
First, I needed a new demo. The one that lovely producer had out together for me was dated. My mentor, David, suggested that I contact Syllabes Studio Lounge, a local studio that could produce a new demo for me, as well as provide me with a voice coach to guide me though the session. I took his advice and had this dynamic, well produced voice demo with which to sell my skills. I was pumped.
Next I did some research on how to set up a home recording studio. A fellow voice friend accompanied me to Steve’s music store in downtown Montreal where I bought everything I needed to get started. I couldn’t wait to get home and set it up so I could start playing around. I put up some sound filtration foam on my walls, and built a privacy wall behind me, which I covered in a quilted moving blanket, to help make my studio sound as quiet as possible, as I was working in an open space in my basement.
I was set up and ready to go! Yippee! Then the hard part kicked in – actually finding and booking jobs.