Here at Such A Voice we bring together some pretty incredible professionals from all different parts of the world to provide our students with a top voice-over education. Our staff members have such a wide variety of backgrounds and unique personalities. From working VO actors starring in movies, videogames and national TV commercial campaigns, to producers spending their days working on voice-over demos as well as broadcast voice-over work, to copywriters, casting directors and many other industry skills in between! We genuinely love bringing our expertise and our experiences together to create the best programs for our students.
For the third spotlight in this series, we’d like to introduce you to one of Such A Voice’s personal coaches, Bonnie Gilgallon.
- How did you get started in the voice-over industry? I got started in the v.o. industry when a friend who was working for a small radio station asked me to record a few spots for him (I was in college.)
- Where were you born and where do you live now? I was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Maryland. I now live in La Quinta, California, just outside of Palm Springs.
- What was your most exciting voice-over job so far? I would say my most exciting/rewarding v.o. job so far was being the signature voice for Lifestream, a local blood bank. They do great work and I was proud to be associated with them.
- What is your favorite childhood memory? I loved the 7 years of piano lessons I took as a child.
- Why did you choose this profession? I chose this profession because it’s challenging, creative and fun. Being able to use one’s voice to move people and affect them emotionally is quite rewarding.
- What microphone do you have in your home studio? My microphone is a RODE NT1-A
- What’s on your bucket list this year? On my bucket list this year is recording a jazz cd and finishing a book I am writing about the detached retina I suffered 3 years ago. The aftermath of the surgery and 6 week rehab was life-changing. It was a profound experience that resulted in huge spiritual growth.
- What are you the most proud of in life? I am most proud of being a survivor who has turned traumatic experiences in life into lessons that have made me a better person.
- What’s something most people don’t know about you? That I write theatre reviews for a local newspaper.
- Tell us what was the best advice relating to the voice-over industry that someone told you once? The best v.o.-related advice I ever got was “be the best you that you can be!”