By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 12, 2011
Have you been wanting to use your voice as an actor since childhood?
Maybe you've had a change in your life that has given you the opportunity to go after your dreams and this is the perfect time for them to take flight.
Whether you were the class clown and now find yourself in animation or mimicked news announcers and found yourself in the producer's chair, everyone has a story to tell.
Ruth Rosen was kind enough to share hers with us at Voices.com and you too in today's VOX Daily.
When I was a kid, my dream wish, the one I wished when I blew out birthday candles or threw a penny in a pond, was for a tape recorder (cassette recorder!). When my wish finally came true, I was a little disappointed to find that my voice didn't sound like me when I listened to it on a recorder. But that didn't last long, because I never stopped recording and my recorded voice became as familiar to my ears as my live one.
I recorded mock game shows and radio shows where I was played the guests with a variety of accents and character voices. I wrote and recorded, parodies for people's birthdays and mock jingles. Once, I dedicated one of my radio shows to my mom on her 80th birthday. I asked friends of hers from all over the US and one from England to call into the "radio show." It was a fantastic birthday gift for my mom.
I remember thinking at that time that I wished there was a way I could do this type of thing for a living. It was something that felt so engaging to me. It was one of the few things I did where hours could go by and feel like just a minute had passed. A total "in the moment" experience.
Since those days, I have worked in several areas of the entertainment field. I was a professional dancer and choreographer (still do some choreography), a theater director, an actress (on camera and stage) and singer. I worked in NYC, S. Florida and in theaters around the country.
My love of singing and songwriting eventually took me from NYC, to Nashville, TN where I am writing songs geared primarily for the commercial country market. However along the way, I renewed my original love of voice acting and went back to "school." I took voice acting courses and workshops with Joe Loesch and Rodney Saulsberry, got several demos produced and set up equipment in my home studio (a big walk in closet). I have booked enough vo work to keep me very hopeful and excited about my future in this field.
My personalized songwriting, which started as a joke when I got my first tape recorder as a kid, has turned into my own business, It's All About You Songs.
I still have a way to go for some of my bigger goals to come true. But, I can say with satisfaction, that my birthday wishes from all those years ago have come true and I'm happy to say I am on my way to making my childhood joy my living...what a fun living it is!
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