Carrie Olsen Voiceover

I'M GLAD YOU'RE HERE

Let's just stop and acknowledge for a second all of the crazy, unexpected, head-tilt-worthy events that led me to voiceover -- and that led you here. 

I was shy growing up. Really shy. I wasn't one of those performery kids who had dreams of being in show biz. I was quiet and practical. I wanted to be a novelist. In fact, I remember being terrified when I had to perform in one of my first school plays, and then I was horrified when I saw the playback of it. After that, I never wanted to perform on stage again.

My school play experiences convinced me that performance was not for me, but I had no idea that a medium existed that was made for people like me: creative people, with stories to tell, who love to connect with others, but don't necessarily want to be on a stage or in front of a camera. 

It wasn't until July of 2014, three months after the birth of my first daughter, Amelie, that I discovered -- and fell in love with -- voiceover. 

I had been working as a content design specialist for the e-learning department of an international company. I loved the job, but, you know that mom thing that happens after you have a baby, and something in your brain just breaks, and all of a sudden you can't do all of the normal things you used to do because you just want to be with your kid? That happened. And one day, as I was commuting to work, I turned on a random podcast that I had never heard of before, and learned about this industry that would drastically change my life in just a matter of months.

The podcast featured Alyson Steel, my now voiceover coach. I didn't even know that voiceover as an industry existed, but she blew my mind with details about the business: how it works, what she does, that she is able to provide for her family doing voiceover. I met with my husband to get the okay to spend $150 to book a consultation with Alyson, and three weeks after our first session, I booked my first voiceover job.

I kept training, kept booking jobs, and after a few national campaigns, I decided to take the leap and make voiceover my full-time gig. And here we are.

It didn't take long for folks to start asking me how I made the transition to full-time voiceover. And given my e-learning background, I figured the only logical thing to do was to make an online course to answer all the questions I was getting. Questions like, "How did you go full-time so quickly?" "How do you get so many jobs through your own marketing?" "How is your booking rate so high?" People seemed to be into it, so I kept making courses. 

So now my days are filled with the things I love: my family (I work from my home studio and get to see my husband and daughter all throughout the day), voiceover (my outlet and career soulmate), and serving others (through my online courses, podcast and blog). 

If your business is looking for a voice for your brand that is more than just a voice, but is a person who wants to connect with you, swing by my demo page and let me know if you think we'd be a good fit.

If you're a new or aspiring voice actor, or an established voice actor looking to grow your business, let's see if we can work together to get your voiceover career where you want it to be.

Good talk,
Carrie

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