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The Psychology of a Voice Actor

The Psychology of a Voice Actor
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It’s the tenth episode of the VO School Podcast and this week I wanted to do something a little different so we’re taking a look at the psychology of the voice actor!

How does one deal with disappointment, rejection, and self-doubt? What techniques can you use to combat performance anxiety? How do you deal with a person bringing negativity into a session? We also explore tactics to help you get into character, perform at your best in the audition room and recording studio, and how to unwind after a difficult session.

I’m thrilled to have been joined by two fantastic guests. Dr. Chloe Carmichael holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University and her Manhattan-based private practice focuses on stress management, relationship issues, self-esteem, and coaching. She’s worked one-on-one with many stars from stage and screen and contributes to media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Fox News, Cosmopolitan, the New York Post, US News, Refinery29, and Forbes.

Anna Vocino is a voice actor, stand up comedian, and food writer. Her voice credits include promo campaigns for ABC, Nickelodeon, Fox Sports, Cartoon Network, and the Tennis Channel, plus hundreds of TV and radio spots for clients like Subaru, Bud Light, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, FedEx, Legoland, and McDonald’s. She can also be heard on TV in “The Office,” “Celebrity Death Match,” “The Young & The Restless,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” as well as “a bajillion video games.”

Jamie Muffett is a British voice actor, audio engineer, and filmmaker based in NYC. His voice clients include Coca-Cola, Warner Brothers, Microsoft, and National Geographic. For more information, visit

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