Angela Ohlfest is here. She has sixty books on Audible and this is only in a couple years and she has a great YouTube channel called Voice Over Angela. She claims she's a gearhead, but she's twenty years in the automotive industry and then she transitioned out of it to be a voice over artist. And so we are thrilled to have her with us. And she also helps people learn how to be voice over artist and start their own home based business.
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Episode 383 – Angela Ohlfest
[00:00:08] Welcome to Screw the Commute. The entrepreneurial podcast dedicated to getting you out of the car and into the money, with your host, lifelong entrepreneur and multimillionaire, Tom Antion.
[00:00:24] Hey, everybody it's Tom here with Episode 383 of Screw the Commute podcast. I'm here with Angela Ohlfest and her parents couldn't have picked a better name for her because her voice is like an angel and she is a voice over artist narrator and she started. What I like about Angela is that she doesn't let anything stop her. It doesn't matter. You know, she has to have a quiet environment. Doesn't matter. Motorcycles are going out past her window or dogs bark. And she's made this happen. And she got out of the dreaded job a long time ago. And we're going to hear her story in a minute now.
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[00:04:24] All right. Let's get to the main event. Angela Ohlfest is here. Oh, my God. She has sixty. That's six zero. That's even almost as old as me. A number of books on Audible. And this is only in a couple years because she is. Yeah, well, you see, if you see the video over on her channel, she has a great YouTube channel called Voice Over Angela. They should call it Voice of an Angel is what they call it. So when you see her, she claims she's a gearhead. I don't see any grease on her fingertips or anything, but she's twenty years in the automotive industry and then she transitioned out of it to be a voiceover artist. And so we are thrilled to have her with us. And she also helps people learn how to be voiceover artist and start their own home based business. So, Angela, you ready to screw? The commute?
[00:05:21] Absolutely right. The gear. I'm always afraid to say that to somebody. I don't know that well, but a gearhead ought to be able to handle it. Oh.
[00:05:29] So thanks for coming on edge. Thanks for having me. I was I found you because I was trying to prove my own skills and do my own book narration, and I found you and wow, your channel is really, really helpful to people. So tell us a little bit about it.
[00:05:46] Well, I started my channel just to, you know, to pay it forward. But when I started my own business or when I started voiceover as a side hustle back in June of 2018, you know, I did. I'm one of those people that does just tons of research before I do anything. So I scoured the Internet for any kind of research, any kind of anything I could find about voiceover and, you know, namely YouTube. And there wasn't a whole lot out there. Away from women, you know, talking about voice over, so I thought that once I got the hang of it and I started to do well, I thought I would pay it forward and just share what I had learned as I learn it.
[00:06:28] You know, I've learned a ton from your channel and I really appreciate it because that's how I found you. But tell us about your journey here. You you're a gearhead. You've been in the automotive industry for 20 years. And what made you how did you make the transition? What happened that you said, you know what? I'm going to quit dealing with cars and I'm just going to talk or read?
[00:06:53] This is more like.
[00:06:55] Yeah, read, yeah, I being a gearhead, you know, the automotive industry just sucked me right in anything to do with cars.
[00:07:05] I was pretty close to the Hot Wheels as a little girl and Barbies.
[00:07:09] I did. I was one of those girls that didn't you know, I would get a Barbie as a gift. And I just, you know, take the head off and throw it somewhere. And then the Hot Wheels is what I played with out in the backyard, in the mud. That was what I wanted to do. I wanted to make cars always that in California. Southern California. Yeah. So I was outside all the time with my Hot Wheels and just kind of stuck.
[00:07:36] So but but they ended up getting into that industry and work on that for over 20 years, right.
[00:07:42] Yeah, I started in sales. Oh my God. My first week in the automotive industry, I was it was nine eleven. So, you know, so like, you know, my very first week of trying to sell cars, no one was really out doing anything. Everyone was kind of, you know, in home, in their homes, not doing anything. So that was kind of rough. But I stuck with it. Then I moved to finance. And then the last ten years I was on the service side. And then when I left, I was reconditioning manager. So I was in charge of reconditioning all the used vehicles and prepping the new cars or something.
[00:08:21] Now I'm looking at the Zoom screen, you know, because we're doing a video this time where I'm normally only audio. And are we supposed to be like both like one one on one side of the screen and one on the other?
[00:08:35] I don't know how to do it, though. Yeah, you do that. You know how to do it.
[00:08:39] Oh, I think you just just maximize your screen.
[00:08:42] I see you full blast. You see me full blast.
[00:08:46] I'm little, you and I are sharing and we are sharing the screen, OK, great, yeah, yeah.
[00:08:51] I'm just seeing you full blast and I'm like little up there, which is kind of opposite because you're really little and I'm really big in real life. OK, great. So you started this as a side hustle, right? How did you even get the idea that, you know what? I think I'm going to read books for a living because I guess you're self described book nerd. I heard you say that one time.
[00:09:15] I have a book.
[00:09:17] So what what made you think, oh, gee, I could read these and get paid for it?
[00:09:21] Well, I was having lunch one day in my office and reading through MSN or something, and I came across an interview with an audiobook narrator and I said, oh my God, how interesting. You know, I mean, because, you know, there are audio books. Obviously, someone has to read them. And I never thought about, you know, my me doing that. And I was like, oh, my God, I read books all the time anyway and how cool it would be to read them aloud and then get paid for it. So then I did a little research and I said, well, there's also voice acting, which kind of goes hand in hand with it. I said, I'm not going to give that a try.
[00:09:56] And then I absolutely just fell in love with, you know, what kind of books do you read normally for yourself if you weren't? NARRATOR.
[00:10:05] For myself, I read mostly horror or, you know, sci fi, I'm a big Stephen King and Anne Rice.
[00:10:13] Ok, so now that that does that make the choice of what books you choose to narrate or you'll narrate any kind of difference?
[00:10:22] No, no. Yeah, I'll read. I'll read just about any any genre.
[00:10:26] And speaking of genres, what kind of things are being put on audiobooks nowadays?
[00:10:32] Everything you can think of. I have narrated cookbooks. How do you decide? I narrate lots of self-help. Yeah, cookbooks.
[00:10:40] Do you do that? Well, give us an example of a recipe, how you inherit a recipe.
[00:10:47] Well, you're just reading what's on the page. I mean, you've I'm sure you've seen a cookbook, but they have you know, you list out the ingredients and then, you know the temperature and then you narrate the steps in which to you know how the recipes.
[00:11:03] Tom. You've seen a cookbook, right?
[00:11:04] I have seen a cookbook.
[00:11:06] But the but the thing is, is they they they expect that you know too much in these cookbooks.
[00:11:16] Like, for instance, I found this book one time and it was how to make low fat thousand island dressing and you're supposed to put some cottage cheese, put this in a blender and put some cottage cheese and some ketchup and some relish and all this stuff.
[00:11:31] Ok, but do you think they would have been kind enough to mention to put the lid on the blender before you turn it off once the good is shot up to the ceiling and my almost my lease was up, I figured I'm moving. All right, I'm going to get out of here. He'll never look up there to see when I get my security deposit back. And then they didn't tell you also do not lick razor-sharp blender blades either. Like, yeah, no bloody tongue over that. So so I just can't imagine what it's like.
[00:12:07] And that's what I would be thinking if I was trying to narrate a cookbook with. So anyway, so did you just say, OK, boss, I quit and I'm going to make a fortune doing narration or was there some transition period in February of this year?
[00:12:25] I mean, my direct managers knew that I did this on the side. And in February of this year, I went to them and I said, I'm finally at that point where I cannot do both, I'm actually losing money with my voiceover business by coming to work working here. So they they understood me. And it wasn't like it was a problem with them or a problem with me. It was you know, they understood. They wished me well. And I had my two weeks and then I left.
[00:12:54] Yeah, but you had been doing it for how long, though, to get to that point. At that point about it. So there was a transition period. You didn't stop your paycheck and then say, I'm going to do this with no money coming in. Right. Right. Yeah, right. And now what was the beginning like when you got into this business? I mean, getting how to get jobs and stuff?
[00:13:18] I, I found out that there were you know, there's there's about a hundred different freelance marketplaces where you can find this type of work.
[00:13:29] Excuse me, one of them I'm sure you're familiar with, I think I saw one of your podcasts that wasn't if I were you. Hmm. I yeah, Fiverr is a big one.
[00:13:37] Fiverr is where I find this show is also up. The voiceover was a five year job.
[00:13:44] He goes, yeah, yeah, Fiverr up work.
[00:13:48] And then, of course, there's ACX, Audible. There's there's tons of them available. And that's where I find most of my work. And of course, it was slow going at first because, you know, if you don't have that social proof on your profiles, it's a little difficult to have, you know, for customers to feel comfortable with hiring you. So it's a little slow going at first. But anything once I got going. Yeah, it was great.
[00:14:11] So is this constant jobs all the time or is it always audition, get a job? Every every day you've got a job lined up.
[00:14:19] Every day. Every day I have I have a lot of at this point, I have a lot of repeat clients that hire me, you know, multiple times.
[00:14:27] If you get a sore throat, if I get a sore throat, then I reach out to my clients and I say, hey, I have a sore throat. Would you mind if I, you know, took a couple of extra days? And that's never been a problem.
[00:14:37] Only a couple of days that you're young, you get over things fast.
[00:14:40] You know, I don't know how old you think you look like.
[00:14:47] I don't know, twelve, something like that.
[00:14:49] Oh, really? Yeah.
[00:14:53] So so I have some specific questions for you because I'm going to pick your brain while I got you on here. Shoot. I was looking at one of my books and trying to turn it into the script, to do the voice, to do the narration. Right. And so I get to a point in the book that says, hey, if you do what it says in this book and I'm thinking, wait a minute. They're listening to this am I supposed to change that audio book and then that messes up my whispersync?
[00:15:25] Whispersync is that where your book matches your your audio book, matches your e-book on Amazon and you can switch back and forth between the two? So should I switch and say audio book or just say book or what should I do there?
[00:15:42] When I am faced with this situation? I just read what's on the manuscript as it's written. But in this particular situation, I think you could say e-book or book. I think either would work. Because obviously they know that you're narrating your book.
[00:15:58] Ok, there you go.
[00:16:00] I think you could go either and not have, you know, ACX raise a flag.
[00:16:04] Ok, good. Now, here's the thing about me. You're somebody else wrote the words and you're reading them exactly right. I wrote the words for my books, but I'm a big goofball, so I could be you mentioned playing with Barbies earlier, so I'm going to give you a sample of how I would tell a Barbie joke in an ebook and I might laugh for 10 seconds on my own. Is that acceptable or is that should that be wiped out?
[00:16:35] She's laughing now for those who listening right now. She's like, what a dumb dork this guy is.
[00:16:41] No, no, no, no, no, no, I. I adore you. You're so funny.
[00:16:47] All right. Let me give you my sample and you say, don't do that, Tom. That's just stupid. So I'd be telling a joke in the book.
[00:16:54] Here, here, here it is. Hey, did you hear about the Barbie divorce doll?
[00:16:59] It came with it came with everything Ken had left, I left for 10 seconds because when I speak on stage, I'm laughing with everybody else and having a good time.
[00:17:16] But should that be cut out in my book?
[00:17:19] No, I don't think so.
[00:17:21] I think you can leave the lab and mess up whispers, saying, you know, no, I've heard I've heard authors narrate their own books and they add their own, you know, touch to it.
[00:17:31] I mean, absolutely. Why not?
[00:17:32] Thing of why I would do it myself. Right. I thought, is that going to mess up? Whispers I think that's what I now. I don't think. There you go. No, I think it'd be all right. Now, this room tone thing.
[00:17:44] All right.
[00:17:45] I'm on a dynamic microphone now because 370 episodes I've done and I've edited it all myself, but I got so sick with the condenser mic that picks up everything, editing our breaths. And so that's not breasts, folks, you know? Yeah, yeah, Borallon breasts. Another thing that, you know, when I try to lose weight, people ask me how much weight you want to lose Tom. And I say, I just want to get down to a B Cup, that's all. So, so, so I switched to a dynamic microphone for the podcast. But what I'm building this booth, I was thinking, OK, I'm going to go back to my good condenser mic to get really good quality. But then Bren's what do you do about breasts?
[00:18:35] Rats. Yeah, rats. Well, to be honest, there's rarely any authors that I've had that wanted me to cut out a complete breath or every single breath, a natural breath, I think is it makes the audio sound better, in my opinion. And I think most authors would agree, because you're telling a story. You know, it's the breath adds that human touch. You know, I honestly don't think that you need to remove all of your breaths. But if you wanted to, you know, a big breath, probably, but natural breath just reduced.
[00:19:16] The sound of it a little bit, because that's what I do a lot, I don't take everything out because then it goes all the way to zero. And that sounds weird, right?
[00:19:25] And yeah. And there's also do you have any plug ins when you dive?
[00:19:30] I have waves. Deep breath or I thought I'd try and then I have an isotope or seven. But again, no, you know, how do you use them properly is the problem. And then also I was watching ACX University asks, tell them what see asks is an arm of Amazon.
[00:19:50] It is where rights holders or authors find narrators and vice versa, and then they create audio books.
[00:19:57] So this is you know, they also help and teach people, you know, they have videos on how to do stuff and they have very strict requirements. That's the thing. And the one engineer was saying, I don't want to see any plugins. I don't want to see any noise gates. I don't want to see any of this that the other just EKU and normalize and that's and low noise floor and and so but I saw you putting a bunch of plugins in an IQ or in a fixed rack.
[00:20:30] And you do you're doing quite a.
[00:20:35] Everybody's recording space is different, you know, maybe some people can get away with just a light EQ and, you know, maybe a little bit of noise reduction, but some other people can you know, you have to make your sound right for you, for your voice and your recording space.
[00:20:52] Yeah. And so but that takes some experience to know what is really best. So that's where I guess you ended up. Yeah, it takes a lot.
[00:21:00] It takes a lot of trial and error.
[00:21:02] Yeah, now, do you consider yourself a coach?
[00:21:05] I don't consider myself a coach. I'm more of a.
[00:21:11] Someone who just wants to share information and workshop, I think, coming up, and you have some online courses for all.
[00:21:18] I do eventually I would like to get into coaching in the future, more of mentoring, you know, I do have a voiceover workshop coming up in a couple of weeks that I'm launching on my website, which will be courses and, you know, one on one time with me. If you have a specific question and you're one of those people that likes to work with someone one on one versus just watching videos so you can ask questions on the spot, I'm going to be doing voice over Angela for anyone just over Angela.
[00:21:51] All right.
[00:21:53] Yes, sir, voice over and they already have some courses over there, too, I do.
[00:21:57] They are not available yet. I'm still doing some final tweaks, but I have a meditation course for people who want to get into creating meditation because I narrate I create a lot of them. It's a very popular niche right now in this industry.
[00:22:12] Well, I could also look, watch, watch me.
[00:22:18] See, pretty good. Excellent, excellent. Perfect.
[00:22:25] Aside from the meditation course will be a success mindset course. There's an upward basics course and I'm also working on a five year basis of work.
[00:22:32] Folks used to be for those oldsters like me, Elance used to be Elance and now it's upward.
[00:22:39] So the meditation. Are you talking words or are you just humming or what are you doing.
[00:22:49] Meditations I nerit guided meditations I miss and mix them with music and sound effects and that sort of thing. I also narrate affirmations. I have a lot of clients that want personalized affirmations to listen to in the morning, the afternoon, that sort of thing.
[00:23:07] And there's also stories on affirmations like I'm skinny and well, I do believe it or not, you have to say it for there are.
[00:23:20] Well, yes, because they want to listen to it, you know, when they wake up, before they go to bed or while they're sleeping, I have some clients that have created subliminally, you know, positive.
[00:23:31] Like, my company is going to make X amount of dollars this year, that sort of thing, over and over, kind of like echoey and, you know, ethereal to music.
[00:23:41] And then they listen to that while they say, well, I want you to make me want to just say it over and over again so I can listen to it while I'm eating pizza.
[00:23:49] I am any. I am skinny.
[00:23:53] That's that's too sexy. I wouldn't say it like that. I mean, you I would say, like, you're not skinny. What's wrong with you? Who you try to get?
[00:24:04] So, hey, I do it any way you want to get paid to do this. Right.
[00:24:09] So so what's the best and worst part about this job? This profession, I guess.
[00:24:16] You know, the best part is doing something creative, you know, helping my clients, you know, fulfill their their needs. I mean, it's not only just the commercials, the video games and, you know, eLearning, all the other things that I do. But I mean, namely the meditations on helping people heal with my voice. And I think that is one of the most rewarding things. As far as cons, there aren't really a lot. I think there's a lot of training in the beginning to learn the technical side, but there aren't really any cons to running your own business other than, you know, you have to be 50 places at once, but motorcycles going.
[00:25:03] But it's also had motorcycles going by. Yeah. And today I have landscapers outside making noise. Of course, I'm hoping, you know.
[00:25:10] No, you know, every time I saw one of your videos and you'd stop and you'd have a little look on your face like I hear something, but we couldn't hear it. Yeah, that's right. But that's got to disrupt your work. All right.
[00:25:25] It does. It does. Being so close to my front door here in my studio, I hear like the air conditioner outside. So in the summertime in Arizona, I have to stop a lot. So I'll record when the air conditioners off and then with the air conditioners on and I'll do the editing 24/7.
[00:25:42] And there's a. In the summer, yeah, pretty much amazing, amazing. So so what's.
[00:25:48] Is there any of the books that you've done that just really stand out that you're the most proud of?
[00:25:54] Oh, my gosh. There was one that I narrated recently called Protecting Troy. It was written by the grandparents of a little boy who has been. Who's had some tough times, who was abused and neglected and that one was difficult to narrate, but we're getting into this.
[00:26:14] But I wanted to because yeah, and I and I wanted to help get this story out because this couple had written the book about their their struggles, you know, obtaining custody of their grandson. And I wanted to help get their story out, but it was definitely hard to get through. But I'm very proud of it.
[00:26:32] And you said I think you started at a place what was it called? Libra Vox.
[00:26:37] Is that Joe Lieberman about that? Yeah. Liber Volks is a website where you can donate your time, you can donate your narration, you have to be a good narrator or they'll take anybody. If I remember correctly, I don't think there was any kind of you know, you didn't have to submit a demo to see if they liked your voice. It was kind of open to everyone. If you were willing to donate your time and if you had the gear, you had the microphone and the ability to record, they would allow you to and you could record sections of a book or entire ordeal or the specifications, as exact as they are for acts.
[00:27:19] You know, the arms stuff pretty darn forgot.
[00:27:22] You can't be put in there and expect it to work, OK?
[00:27:28] Right. And that is that is exactly how I learned how to to edit and format was by working with Libra Box.
[00:27:35] Yeah. And and you probably did some good. I think I heard you mentioned some older people like to just listen, have not much to do and that gives them a chance to to listen to things. Yeah. Is it free for people to listen to.
[00:27:52] It is free. Yeah they are. There are books in the public domain. So so a lot of people who couldn't afford purchasing books can listen to stuff.
[00:28:01] Yeah, right, and you see, you are an angel. How long did you do that?
[00:28:09] Not very long, just a few months, I think, and then I decided to sign up with ACA.
[00:28:14] Beautiful. So come on, give us now use the same voice all the time, or do you have to do different voices? Oh.
[00:28:24] Most of the time, most of the time, I will use just my normal speaking voice, I do a lot of aside from audio books, I do a lot of e-learning, you know, like corporate training, online tutorials and stuff. So it's just mostly conversational.
[00:28:39] A little sample of your sexy eLearning voice assembly building.
[00:28:44] But it is good because nobody will listen to kind of knowing what you listen to. It doesn't sound sexy. You know, talking about corporate, you know, spreadsheets are so welcome to your online training. That sounds like a voice that sounded like the person that they're amazing.
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[00:31:48] All right. Let's get back to the main event. We've got the angel of voice over here, voice over Angela. And she has been sixty books. Oh, my goodness. What's the average length of the books?
[00:32:05] Angela, I would say most of the books that I narrator between about 30000 words and about 80000 pages is that my pages?
[00:32:15] 200 how many pages?
[00:32:17] Pages Oh excuse me, pages. That is about I would say 200 to maybe three or 400 pages. It all depends on also the font.
[00:32:28] Are you actually looking at the book or is you got a printout?
[00:32:32] I'm actually looking at a usually a PDF or a dark file o on a tablet or something while I don't have like a book.
[00:32:39] So you don't have papers. It's on a tablet or something. Oh, right. Yeah, so what's a typical day look like for you when you get up? Do you exercise? You have to be careful what you eat in this business, too, right?
[00:32:52] Yeah. Yeah. Because you don't you don't want any kind of gas problems or, you know, that the sticky the sticky mouth thing, which which I am plagued with. But. I get up at about seven o'clock, I make sure my son's up and ready for school and get him fed, and then I'm usually down in the studio by about, you know, eight or nine o'clock in the morning, check all the emails, check any, you know, any new orders, any new contacts. And then I sit and, you know, read them out, do my editing, take a break for lunch, hang out with my son a little bit and go right back to where he's home because of covid stuff.
[00:33:29] Yeah. covid, yeah.
[00:33:32] He's being yeah. He's learning language.
[00:33:34] It's rough. Yeah. Everything I see is rough for him. He's from.
[00:33:39] Yeah, he does so much better, you know, with the one on one learning, but it's it's been tough, but we're we're getting it done together.
[00:33:48] That's good. So it just amazes me. You got the discipline to sit there and read and keep it consistent and. Oh, man, that's. But you didn't you said you didn't have any formal training, right?
[00:34:02] I did have a coach for about a year, but most of it came from, you know, just just reading on my own.
[00:34:15] I took a lot of like English literature classes. So I. I don't know, I just I just really enjoy reading books, it's really it's you learn more by doing, you know, you learn to control your breath and learn where to add the inflection and, you know, maybe a different character voice. I mean, it all kind of comes with just doing it.
[00:34:39] Ok, so you're good at characters.
[00:34:43] I can be I guess it all depends on on how many there are without my gosh, I just narrated a book that had like 30 characters, and it's it's difficult. Some authors don't want you to do a different voice for different characters, and some do. And this last book, there were about 30 different characters with accents. And so that one was was a little rough. Or for that, you know, you get used to it.
[00:35:05] Can you charge. I'm sorry for that.
[00:35:09] No, it's all the signs, though, so pretend that you're me and how would you do me?
[00:35:21] I don't know. No, that's no, that was perfect. You can do me any time that that's kind of like my.
[00:35:33] Do you ever have to do male voices? All the time. Really?
[00:35:37] All the time. Yeah. Because, you know, a lot of the books are I mean, I do a lot of self-help books and that sort of thing where there aren't any people per say, but a lot of the ones that I do for the female voices, I'll give it maybe just a little bit of a lighter inflection or maybe just a different cadence. But, you know, male male voices are usually a little bit more gruff.
[00:35:59] You know, it's so funny seeing that voice coming out of your face.
[00:36:07] Oh, yeah. So. So how do you stay motivated? How do you stay motivated in your own business now? You're responsible for your own income, paycheck, the whole bit.
[00:36:19] Yeah, because you really have to have passion for it, I think, to stay motivated. It's it's really not that difficult. I really, really, really enjoy what I do. I enjoy what I do, how I do it, the people that I help when I do it. So that's that's all motivation. Not only that, but I'm providing for myself and my family. So that is all motivation.
[00:36:43] But you are a self-described introvert, right?
[00:36:49] Which amazes me because you've got a YouTube channel and you're your voice is being heard by hundreds of thousands or millions of people around the world.
[00:36:58] I try not to think about. Aren't you your Ceri?
[00:37:05] I hear that a lot. I have a lot of people tell me you sound like a robot. Is it that I sound like a robot or is it sound like I'm similar? They think they are. A couple of years ago, they found out who it was. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I've seen that video.
[00:37:19] So. So tell them how to get hold of you if they if they are interested in the take your workshop or if they want one on one coaching or advice, what's the best way to get hold. You.
[00:37:30] Yeah. Excellent. Yeah, my Web site is voiceoverAngela.com, my YouTube channel is voice over Angela, very creative.
[00:37:41] I pretty much kept everything the same. Like my user name is Voice Over and John. Voice over. Angela anyway, very easy to find.
[00:37:48] Yeah, most of my my socials are voiceoverAngela, aside from Twitter, which is AngelaO_VO but yeah, voiceoverAngela is the best way to reach out to me. You can contact me via email there. There's, you know, a chat.
[00:38:02] There's now that you're basically saying just about anybody could do this if they really want to do, because there's a demand out there that none of us realized. And and whatever your voice is, if somebody likes that voice that you get the job.
[00:38:20] Absolutely, voice actors represent the every person in the world, you know, there is there's every kind of different voice, every age group, every accent, everything, every voice is needed.
[00:38:32] You know, the world.
[00:38:37] Not personally, but I know that there are kids. Yeah, we have I've heard of kids reading or narrating kids books and of course there's kids in commercials. There's a lot of voice actors that can reach that that range and adults that can make a a child like a child's voice. But there are children also that voice.
[00:38:56] That's amazing. Well, thanks so much for taking the time to enlighten us on this.
[00:39:02] Yeah, no, just as soon as I saw you, like, eat up all your videos and I thought this is this is a beautiful story that you just decided to do this and you did it. And nothing stops you with the motor, the noise and all the stuff that the noises that you know. Yeah, that was the whole thing. It's supposed to be a quiet thing. And you in one of those episodes, you had a motorcycle driving back and forth all the time, almost every day.
[00:39:35] So. So anyway, thanks so much, Angela. I really appreciate it.
[00:39:39] Thank you so much for having me. It was a real pleasure, sir.
[00:39:41] Everybody, we will catch you all on the next episode, See ya later.
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