Care building blocksLast week I talked about how you can change the world with your voice.

There’s some even better news… you don’t have to stop there!
You can also change the world when you show gratitude to others and encourage them to continue their good works through random acts of kindness.
Find out more about how to do this here at VOX Daily.

Be a Fan

Do you know what it feels like to work hard at a what may seem like a thankless job?
We all have moments when we feel as though no one cares about what we were doing when feedback is not forthcoming, regardless of how grateful people truly are.

The reality is that people are overwhelmed with information, by advertisements, and can barely get through their day achieving what needs to be done in their own lives let alone keep up with the constant stream of activity and chatter online to engage with other people.
Like other bloggers, sometimes I feel discouraged when there aren’t as many comments on an article as may have been expected. While I can track page views, subscribers to the blog, links coming to the VOX Daily, and how many people have shared my articles through channels such as Twitter, nothing quite beats hearing about what people think in terms of how it made them feel.

Positive feedback encourages people to continue and inspires them to keep at it.
This is why it is so important to be a fan, a cheerleader, or an encouraging force to help lift others up and remind them that what they are doing is of value and has made a difference.

3 Ways You Can Encourage Others

๏ Email 1 person per day to encourage or thank them for their hard work and contributions
๏ Send an appreciative handwritten letter to someone you admire
๏ Comment on a blog post and thank the author for sharing their insight
When you reach out to someone and share what’s on your mind or in your heart it means a great deal to the person you are connecting with.

Each day, I make an effort to comment on at least one blog to show my appreciation and join a discussion. For you it may be something different like making a phone call, sending a letter, or even commenting on someone’s Facebook status or giving a thumb’s up to a posted item.
When I receive emails from people along those lines and let me tell you, it makes you feel valued, appreciated and validates what you’ve put out there for people to benefit from.
Can you relate?

Any Comments?

Best wishes,
© Slobodkin

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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. Stephanie, this is a beautiful post. I definitely agree: a random act of kindness can make a difference, both to the giver and the receiver.
    Sometimes it seems that we live in a cold and hectic world. I was feeling that way while waiting for an appointment one day, when an old man, seeing my unhappy mood, came up to me and handed me a flower. I cannot express how touched I was.
    Life isn’t always easy, and simple acts of kindness remind us that there is goodness and caring in the world. They should inspire us to perform acts of kindness ourselves, so as to bring some happiness to others’ lives, as well.
    Your suggestions for encouraging others online are spot on.

  2. Yes, Stephanie. We do need each other. For support, for affirmation and for clarification. Taking part in an online community takes effort, but pays big dividends if only in the satisfaction of helping others. Communication is vital, of the two-way variety — we all have the basic human need to connect with our fellow travelers.
    So I read you — loud and clear.

  3. Stephanie,
    It is nice to feel appreciated. I recently started my own blog to compliment my website and my social networking. It makes me wonder sometimes when I spend a great deal of time in putting together a post to share with others, then getting no feedback at all, if no one really read the post, or just didn’t care. What I’ve learned, now that I’ve started my own, is that even a one word response to someone’s posting, is better than no words at all. I will take your list of 3 way to encourage others to heart and hope it comes back in return.

  4. Bless you, Stephanie, for starting this conversation. Far too many people in this increasingly un-civil world do not take the time for these small but very meaningful gestures.
    I recently, and unexpectedly, got a note back from a person to whom I had written when her dad died. She simply said, “Years from now I doubt that I will recall what you said, but will always recall how you made me feel.”

  5. This is a lovely article, Stephanie! I completely agree with the Random Acts of Kindness philosophy! Besides making it a habit to read emails and respond each morning before auditioning, I try to keep up with handwritten thank you notes. Right now, I have two notes I’ve just finished that I’m dropping the the mail. BTW, thank you for all your efforts to reach out to all members of and share your insights and information. It truly has been such an interesting journey into your thoughts and interests! Learning more about the world of voice overs has been incredibly fascinating! It takes dedication and time to commit to writing as many articles as you do, and I enjoy seeing them pop up in my email on a daily basis! Keep them coming….
    All the best,

  6. Thank you to everyone who has commented so far! I truly appreciate hearing from you and am very touched by your responses.
    What a community we have here! I hope these articles of late have been of particular help 🙂
    Thank you!!!
    Best wishes,

  7. Good Morning, All…
    Today I’m going to name names and pull no punches in this response! There are people in the voice over world who are accomplished experts in their fields of expertise…who make a living because they are gifted and professional…who actually perform random acts of kindness and giving just because.
    This is a public acknowledgement and “Thank You” to Nancy Wolfson who gave me a tremendous free gift from her vast catalogue of voice over experiences and business practices…just because!
    Thanks, Nancy…and Stephanie.

  8. Stephanie,
    Thank you so much for this blog post. It’s so true what you said in today’s Vox Daily. It made me realize that I’m doing random acts of kindness and I want take advantage of this opportunity to say THANK YOU STEPHANIE, for posting this blog entries at the proper time, like today! I say thank you with all my heart, because right now your blog entries (along with Voice Over Experts podcast) are my only source of voice-over education since right now I don’t have enough money to pay for a formal training in voice-over industry. Every Vox Daily article that you publish is an inspiration for me and a great way to get a real view of the voice-over industry and what it takes to be a voice-over talent. Thank you so much Stephanie
    for your wonderful work and kindness, it’s greatly appreciated. I hope someday I will be able to attend a voice-over training and finally make it into the voice-over industry.
    Best wishes,
    Pablo Hernandez

  9. I know you weren’t fishing for compliments but just feedback, and has been a major source of information, encouragement, and sharing for me. Thank you sooooo much for all you do.
    And I have a public thank you to Lori Taylor who has taken time to share wonderful advice and suggestions and even invited me to participate in one of her jobs when she needed a new voice. She’s a great representative of the voice-over industry.
    I’m no longer actively pursuing a career, but still enjoy the Vox daily.

  10. Hi Stephanie,
    Thank you for helping me to realize that the little things I do, like giving a thumb up or a comment on FB, does make a difference and can be considered a random act of kindness. I know that my intention is to share some caring and encouragement. Sometimes I’ve wondered if it mattered or not but I still try to listen to my heart and do it.
    Marla Thompson

  11. Validation is a feel-good gesture, even if it’s disagreeable. It addresses the questions “Is anybody listening? Does anyone care?” Yes, some do…it’s just nice to see or hear it.
    With the flu-like spread of social media opportunities for reacting&commenting, it’s a bear to keep up. Some will be offended. Others take advantage of the opportunities to “spam” the readers w/ unlimited posts, all of which can not be answered, and that’s OK too.
    I attempt 2B selective and respond to those that I want to support&encourage.
    Speaking of supporting, I have yet to join an on-line VO casting service, but positively, if I do, it will be for all the right reasons.

  12. I’ve been reading the blog for a few weeks now, and I really love the time you spend detailing so many topics about voice-overs. I initially took interest in the field through video games and animation, but all of the other jobs and specializations that are covered on your site were eye opening to me. I also love how you make the reader feel empowered about being able to make choices regarding what they want to do. I also enjoy reading about the various ways that VAs take care of their voices. I was especially surprised about the article that discussed the Bogart-Bacall syndrome. Being a guy with a very low voice, it really stuck out for me, and my mother even seemed interested about it when I discussed it with her.
    I’m not a professional, and I haven’t done any VAing yet, but your site is a great information resource that I’d recommend to anyone that asks me about it.
    Thank you Stephanie

  13. Stephanie,
    Thanks for this reminder and thank you for all of the long hours and hard work that you put into I always make a point of thanking people who have helped me. I also believe in “Paying It Forward” whenever possible.

  14. Stephanie,
    I must apologize, I have been reading your posts and have enjoyed them, every one. I have not taken the time to Thank You for your hard work because I have taken your posts for granted. I know you work very hard writing your blog, among other tasks you have during the day. Please keep your very helpful articles coming, it keeps me and others connected to the industry. P.S. Say Hi to David for me. Hope to see you next year.

  15. Dear Leo,
    Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts! I’m very happy to hear that 🙂 I will certainly say hello to David for you and also hope to see you at next year’s Voice Coaches event.
    Best wishes,