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If you were to stop now, would you miss out on a career that’s spoken of for centuries?
Find out more in today’s Vox Daily.

Having Conviction

Earl Nightingale (d. 1989), personal development pioneer and radio legend, recorded programs starting in the early 1960s that still inspire people and help them to grow today. David has started listening to recordings of Nightingale’s old broadcasts and happened to come across this wonderful anecdote relaying an exchange between a teacher and one of their pupils.
Teacher: I hope you’re just dabbling in paint to amuse yourself.
Renoir: I’ll stop painting when I stop being amused.
Impressionists Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Monet and Manet formed a society because they were viewed as outcasts in painting circles at the time. When looking back at the period now, most would consider those painters to be the best of their era. The walls of Paris’ Musee d’Orsay are lined with masterpieces featuring works of Impressionist painters and those who followed in their brushstrokes.

Finding Pleasure in Your Work

It may go without saying but doing work that you consider to be fun makes work less laborious.
As you can see, taking the road less traveled can also yield success as you step away from the crowd in your art if only to amuse yourself.

Overcoming Naysayers

Have you had an experience where you stood your ground and then later achieved success?
Add your story as a comment!
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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. 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 podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found 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. It was just the opposite with me. I was my own naysayer but my wonderful wife refused to let me quit. She supported me in this even when I wouldn’t support myself. It was only through her endless encouragement that I was able to attain my dream. I miss her dearly.

  2. For me it was quitting radio. I was only in the biz for a little over 10 years and my heart just wasn’t in it anymore. But, as I’m sure many voice talent can attest, having a steady paycheque was always a relief. Like Bob, my wife supported me in giving it up. “If you’re not happy, you have to get out.” That’s what I needed to jump full time into VO and now, I’m doing what I love everyday.

  3. I do both. I try to make money doing voice over and want to do it. I also do it for fun with podcasts, fan dubs and audio plays.

  4. I didn’t get into this business because someone said I sounded good when they heard me chatting at a cocktail party. I got into it because I am an actor, and VO is acting by other means. Of course it helps that no one cares what kind of suit I am wearing when I’m doing the gig…

  5. Sir/Madam
    Really your vox daily is a magnificent guide to the voice over
    artists who have passion for the job. Please continue to mail the
    Thanks and regards,
    Mahesh Seelvi

  6. I am trying to juggle both, a full time day job to pay the bills and voice over work in the evenings for supplimental income. I have only been doing this seriously for 2 months.
    I am looking forward to being able to do this full time.

  7. At the moment, it’s neither….it’s a talent that I have been blessed with, but I don’t have the $$ or opportunities (due to lack of transportation & $$) to turn it into a career…..it’s what I want to do for my career, though!

  8. After at least 10 years of encouragement and flat out “just do it” from about everyone I know, Im just beginning this process. I’ve been researching it for about a year and recently took steps to make it a lucrative hobby. I’m pretty excited and look forward to meeting others in the business and making trips to various events.

  9. Its a hobby for me for now.. however I would love to convert it into a part time job! Love following whats the latest in the world of VO… understand how people do it and stay successful and how I can contribute and make my identity in the world of VO as starting from scratch!


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