I smashed it again!

Last year I started a new tradition: write a motivational list on a post-it note with personal and professional goals for the year and pin it to my studio wall.

Well, it worked pretty well as you can read in last year’s blog. In 2018 I built a new studio, won an award, gained some great new clients and got healthy and strong.

So, I decided I had to do it again. And guess what? It worked again!

This was 2019’s list:

  • Win an award
  • Complete my family
  • Lose 1.5 stone (if not pregnant)
  • Get a regular new e-learning client
  • Get a new regular radio commercial client
  • Renew my Commercial demo reel
  • Maintain or improve my income
  • Do the loft extension
  • Read more books

Again, some stretching stuff in there – and some stuff out of my control. But it’s so useful to keep your goals front and centre and have a clear direction of travel.

So, how did I do?

Well, I only went and smashed it again!

 

  • I won the Best Female Radio Drama Performance at the One Voice Awards.
  • I was also a finalist in the Female Voiceover Artist of the Year category for the 2nd year in a row and a finalist in the Best Female Radio Commercial Performance category too!
  • A client nominated me for the Private Education and Development Awards 2019 and I won the Educational Voiceover artist of the year award!
  • I worked with the amazing Pete Gold to create my new Commercial Reel. I think it really captures my range, how my voice has changed and improved over the years and includes some more contemporary styles. I’ve also split it up into Vocal Styles to make it easy for clients to pin-point exactly what they’re looking for.
  • The loft extension was completed in time with the extra bedroom we needed which leads me to…
  • After hitting the gym and eating well in 2018 and taking a well earned break from all things BABY to just focus on me, we decided to have one last try. I’m thrilled to say that on 12th November we welcomed baby Ada into our world. Just like her Mum and big sister she has a whacking set of lungs on her, so I’m clearly breeding the next generation of voiceover artists.
  • I’ve continued working with the amazing Nancy Wolfson to keep my voice and skills in tip-top condition. Her training is keeping me fresh and ahead of the game in terms of commercial vocal styles and stopping me from falling into lazy bad habits. I want to make sure I’m always giving my clients the best and continued professional training and development is the best way to do it.
  • I’ve developed a great relationship with Maple Street Creative and have been doing loads of commercials with them.
  • The TV has been on less. The phone has been put down more. Social media must think I’ve vanished. But I’ve read loads of books and I have to say I’m much happier for it. More books, more podcasts, more brain stretching stuff. Bliss.
  • And, despite the ill health that I sadly suffer whenever I’m pregnant, and the last few months of the year being dominated by sleepless nights and nappies, I’ve somehow managed to earn more this year than last!

Well, that’s the post-it note sorted. But it doesn’t stop there! In addition in 2019 I …

  • Became the voice of an online game and app that teaches kids to read
  • Started a great relationship with a mental health and wellbeing company providing the voiceovers for their inspirational and life changing training
  • Voiced my 1st ever long form audio book for Games Workshop. I narrated it and voiced the 25+ characters (more than half of which were men!).
  • Picked up some new clients in America and I’m working some great agents and agencies over there too. 

There’s probably more, but I can’t  think!

So, what does 2020 have in store?

Well, it’s going to be a tricky year as I negotiate running my business with two small children. But, I’m pretty confident it’s only going to bring good things. I’ve doubled my turn-over since having my 1st child, so let’s hope number 2 brings me the same luck!

But the real mission is to keep going. Keep servicing my clients with the top quality performance and production quality that they’re used to and for them to feel no ‘bump’ as I navigate my new, busier road.