Craftsman fixing a baritone saxophone in his workshopLast month I received an email asking for permission to quote something from this blog in a book regarding my definition of work and the significant role work plays in enabling us to use our gifts.

Do you find meaning in your work as a voice over talent?
Add your own contribution by commenting on today’s VOX Daily!

How Do You Define Work?

In a previous VOX Daily article, I defined work as follows:
“Work is meaningful, work is essential, and through our work we use our talents, gifts and strengths to the best of our abilities to serve other people, and through that service, we see a return that sustains us.”

Something I want to stress is that work can be meaningful regardless of how menial the task may appear to others. For instance, people might place one profession above another because they think it serves a higher purpose, affects more people or simply because the pay is higher.

The same can be said when recording voice overs in terms of the work and also of some talent who think they are above others.
While all jobs may not be equal in terms of pay or prestige here in this world, the motivation behind why someone works is very important and each job serves a greater purpose.

No Shortage Of Work

One of the saving graces of troubled economic times is that there is a greater need for advertising and entertainment. Unlike some other industries, our industry has grown and flourished in this economic climate because audio products are usually digital which means they are easily delivered, there’s no inventory so to speak and the cost of production is lower than most.

Advances in technology and new products requiring the human voice have also produced more work for freelance voice talent.
For these reasons we should be grateful and take time to consider what makes voice over work meaningful on a personal level.

Do You Find Meaning In Your Work?

Be sure to join the conversation and let me know what your work means to you.
Best wishes,
© Vauteck

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her blog serves an audience what wants to grow in their careers as professional voice users, and more specifically, voice actors. Stephanie was recently listed on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. …I heartily agree with your work definition. Gratitude for being gifted to communicate in some unique way to others (no matter how many) is also a large part of the equation. Whether I’m bustin’ suds in my own kitchen or voicing for people who trust me enough to pay me, I’m glad to be able to contribute SOMETHING…there is immediate and ongoing reward for a job well done.
    Besides–the biblical work ethic says, “…If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.”…and I LOVE to eat…

  2. Absolutely, Stephanie, I find meaning in my work as an actor. Whether on stage, in film, or behind a mic, what I do reaches out to people, makes connections, joins us in recognition of our common humanity. Case in point: I just finished narrating an audiobook–hired through thank, you very much–and while the files are still in the process of being accepted, the feedback has included the statement that “Many people commented that they had tears in their eyes when listening to the audio …” Meaning comes from making connections. In VO that can mean a connection with someone you will never meet but whose heart you have touched half a world away. Amazing!

  3. I love being an entrepreneur and working as a voiceover talent from home for five years now. I do not take it for granted:)
    My computer has a hard drive but I have a HEART drive❤
    My daughter painted me a beautiful piece of acrylic artwork for my birthday recently. The verse she put on there from the Bible said: “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the HEART.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7
    Continued success to all!

  4. Even though I haven’t had overwhelming response, I just don’t audition for projects in which I can’t find meaning.

  5. Gosh, it’s more than fun. There’s the perpetual motivation to build skills and the pleasure of sharing them not just with our public but with wonderful professionals who so evidently love the craft.