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Making Your Childhood Joy Your Living

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 12, 2011

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Ruth RosenHave 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.

Dreaming

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.

Living The Dream

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!

Ruth Rosen

Related Topics: Accent, animation, birthday wishes, child, dreams, radio, recording, Ruth Rosen, voice overs


Comments


    Nice blog Ruth! Very interesting and encouraging. Also, thanks for the link.

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      Ruth! I am so thrilled to read this and know that you truly have made your childhood JOY your living! We each come into this world with gifts and talents that bring ourselves and others JOY. That you have taken the steps and committed yourself to this path is fantastic!! You are an inspiration to anyone who has a dream about putting their true JOY out into the world but finds it hard to believe that they could earn a living with it. I'd love to publish this article on my blog to pass the message along!

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        I thought that's what all kids wished for! No, seriously... Ruth's childhood sounds like mine. I recorded talk shows, fake call-in shows, even video taped my own cooking shows with a huge camera plugged into a VCR the size of a suitcase, with mechanical buttons that seemed impossible for my little fingers to press - my sister and friends often dragged into the production. Aaah the good ol days. Now as a voice actor, I do feel I'm living my dream. As Ruth said... what a fun living it is!

        Posted by:

          Great blog. As kids, we all dream of something that we want to do that is near and dear to our hearts. Kudos to those who make it happen!

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          • Monique
          • January 13, 2011 10:30 AM

            As a child growing up in the rural part of Arkansas, I would oftentimes dream of one day leaving the small town and going to the big city of Chicago to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! only to discover, all that I desired was already at hand, a family who loved and wanted the best for me. There was still a feeling that if I could just get a good job, and marry Mr. Right everything would be different. How could those dreams become a reality as a high school dropout? I developed a thirst for reading, I would open up the encyclopedia and just start reading, spelling and preparing for the future of wherever that would lead me. There were family members who traveled to Chicago, so I decided to come and try working in the factory were jobs were plentiful. In the small town of Arkansas there were no ethnic groups, But in Chicago there were ethnic groups whose language was melodic and a breath of fresh air, I would try to speak some Spanish, polish and I liked it so much that I now speak Spanish as if it was my mothers tongue.

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            • Mary Holmes-Johnson
            • January 13, 2011 11:01 PM

              Where did it start? Half a century ago, when I took a big old mike to school, and plugged it into the radio, without asking. Teacher might have thrashed me, but instead took the creative route: "Make a radio programme." Of course we all loved giggling and bellowing into the thing, and I guess a seed was sown. Not long after that, came the magical first BBC broadcast of Under Milk Wood, narrated by Richard Burton. No turning back, though it took time.

              Posted by:

                Ruth,

                Great blog from a very talented voice-over artist.

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