Clock strikes midnightAre you ready for what next year will bring?

I’m excited to share an inspiring and encouraging article with you that acknowledges individuals and reminds us all to be grateful for our blessings and the people in our lives.
Written by a constant source of encouragement and light, Herb Merriweather joins us through this festive article leading us toward 2010.

Resolutions… or Revelations!

By Herb Merriweather
When the New Year rolls around will you find yourself promising to be better, do more, lose weight, make friends, quit smoking, etc.? Or will you look back on your triumphs and set your goals accordingly?
Most of the time when the calendars change we find ourselves looking at what we haven’t done, what we didn’t achieve or the one that got away. And while hindsight can be 20/20–we have to focus on our successes in order to build for the future.

This is not a recommendation to rest on your laurels or be complacent about success.
Diligence is ALWAYS in demand in the voice over world. Rather, this is a call to action to first of all acknowledge the success (however small) that you’ve experienced. Even if you’ve just decided on voice over as a career choice–Hooray! You’ve successfully negotiated a serious turn in the road.

Rather than use our 20/20 ‘Super Vision’ to reflect on past failures and inconsistencies, I would like to start a discussion about what went ‘right’ these past few months–the projects completed, the jobs gotten, the great new relationships that were established.

I saw the entire VO community come together to ‘Read the Bill‘ and kick off construction of a new state-of-the-art recording studio that will bear the name ‘Don LaFontaine‘. had a contest and got a new sloganRob Sciglimpaglia taught us all how to be careful with our celebrity impressionsRalph Hass let me do some production work for him—Bob Marini gave us more looks than a chameleon–Nancy Wolfson shared her teleseminars–John Taylor is tall…REALLY tall–Stephanie and Dave Ciccarelli help keep the voice over industry industrious–Bob Souer’s always telling us to ‘Be Well’ (sound advise)–Pat Fraley and Julie Williams do their part by teaching us all they know–Penny Abshire reminds us to think positive!

This page could easily turn into twenty when taking year-end inventory of our blessings and successes.
What positive foundation will you be building YOUR voice over year on? This year…let our ‘revelations’ carry us to victory, peace and even gainful employment!
Let me take this great opportunity to say ‘Thanks’ to those who deserve it, ‘Hello’ to all I haven’t met yet, and ‘Yeeee-Haaaa!’ in celebration of a New Year filled with new hope and opportunity.
God Bless…Happy Voicing!
Herb Merriweather
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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 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. You are an inspiring friend Herb!
    I was inspired this week by the movie “The Blind Side” – the true story of Baltimore Ravens’ offensive tackle, Michael Oher. Tim McGraw plays his adopted father in the movie and has this advice for kids, but I would say it applies to those of us doing voice over work too:
    “Take advantage of opportunities that you’re given in life. And always take a step forward. There are so many kids who are talented or are given chances and don’t take advantage of them. You only get out of life the effort that you put into it.”

  2. Such a good thought to reflect on what went right and what we’ve accomplished over the past year rather than beating ourselves up over any perceived shortcomings.
    I have been fortunate to have continued working and building my client base while biting the bullet to work with a great coach, Nancy Wolfson, after being in the business over 20 years. Trust me, you really have to get over yourself and just dig in!
    After 6 years of working from my black hole of a studio (nice but definitely outgrowing it) work on my new studio is in progress and should be complete in time for the New Year! I suppose it’s a leap of faith to invest considerable dollars in a top of the line new “bunker” of an audio booth and renovation of the studio, but the amount of joy and soothing of the senses it will bring should be well worth it! And….I hope to expand my client base significantly without reservation feeling completely confident in all areas of the professional product I will deliver. I’ve done quite well with my current set up, so this new environment should give me the freedom to pursue anything!
    Happy Holidays to all of you and here’s to a Healthy, Happy, Prosperous New Year!

  3. Hey, y’all…
    Thanks for reading/commenting and thanks to Stephanie for letting me share.
    Melanie–you RAWK! I got tired just reading your plans. Your future’s so bright…aww, you know the rest!
    Joe and Ralph (two of my brothers from other mothers) thanks for your input…I always learn bunches from both of you!
    Merry Christmas Happy Chanukah Happy Kwanzaa Happy Boxing Day Happy New year!
    (Hmmm–there’s a song in there somewhere)

  4. Excellent post!
    When I’m feeling down, I like to look back at my past successes. It’s a great way to pick up my spirits and get me focusing on what I should be doing and not what I should be worrying about.
    Happy holidays, everyone and here’s wishing you even more prosperous 2010!

  5. I really enjoyed your post, Herb. I’m glad Stephanie provided the platform for you to write this so-true article. Since today is my 32nd wedding anniversary, I tend to think of the glass as being half-full. Focus on the positive, deal with the negative, and find ways to problem solve are a large part of my life and VO career. Find joy in small pleasures, two minds are better than one, and never let the sun set on an argument were pieces of advice I received on my wedding day so long ago. And yet, the ideas are as wise today as the day they were spoken. Enjoy life and look forward to another wonderful year in 2010!


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