By Stephanie Ciccarelli
April 17, 2009
Already a member of Voices.com, Voice Over Universe, and the online group Teen Talk V.O. Style, Travis is well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a career voice over talent.
Hear about how one boy is making a big difference in shaping the future of the voice over community.
I first heard about Travis Mustang and his story through a nomination and his being a finalist in the category of Best Child Voice this year for the 3rd Annual Voicey Awards. I was floored by what I read and I wanted to share what an inspiring person he is and how Travis has embraced more than just the role of performer, but also that of a business man and an industry ambassador, already having tackled stand-up comedy by age 8 and ADR by the age of 9.
In his business, Travis does things that every adult should do to strive towards making their business a success. He practices his craft, takes college courses (reportedly the youngest student they ever had), and professional courses in theatrical arts, singing, and voice over in order to make himself an asset to the Voice Over Community. He has studied privately with M.J. Lallo and is now a member of her voice talent roster.
If that wasn't enough, Travis attends industry conferences, seminars, comes prepared to mixers bringing his own business cards, and has even given a pro-bono talk to a business class of college students at Mount San Antonio College on how to get into the Voice Over business.
Travis' mother, Connie, relates that her son volunteers his time to direct her voice over sessions, reading along, sometimes narrating textbooks that are high school level or higher. His direction helps to ensure that the recordings are perfect before presenting them to Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic's Hollywood office.
Connie Mustang, shares, "This is Travis' business, and it is pleasing to see him take such an active role in running it. He is truly passionate about being a voice artist and plans to make this a life-long career."
By now, you're probably wondering how Travis does it all, and by most accounts, I'd wonder too, but I think what we're looking at here is the exception to the rule, and people who fall into that category are rare and worth watching.
In addition to his voice over career aspirations, contributions to the community and other activities, Travis is also sensitive to the well being of those around him and the challenges people face in their lives.
In this difficult economy, while most boys are out spending their parents' money on expensive wants, Travis is helping his out by providing a means to pay for his own boyish desires while saving for his college education. He also has a heart for people and has volunteered for many projects, including assisting a single mom who was struggling to make ends meet for her and her son.
His mother confided, "Travis has a giving nature and never expects anything in return. He has the same passion with his voice work, although he does get paid, I think the true joy for him is bringing happiness to others through his work."
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