When my name was announced as the The Voice Arts® Awards winner of the outstanding e-learning voiceover category in the glamorous surroundings of The Warner Bros studios in Los Angeles back in November 2019, never could I have imagined that a year later I’d receive 2 nominations in the same category! Neither, of course, could I or anyone have imagined that a devastating pandemic could sweep across the globe with international borders closing and world travel halted. And so it was that the 2020 SOVAS Voice Arts Awards would take place behind closed doors at the New World Stages in New York and streamed live across the world.
Party food was prepared, the sitting room was adorned with decorations lovingly made by my two daughters, the bow tie was retrieved from the wardrobe and the stage was set.
Needless to say Rudy, Joan and all involved put on a fabulous show and it was a privilege to watch such amazing talent being recognised for their outstanding contribution to the industry. Particular highlights included Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, being honoured with this year’s Voice Arts Icon Award and Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr receiving the Muhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor. Tension mounted as the category for Outstanding Elearning drew ever closer. As the nominees were announced, any thoughts of winning again were quashed as I was reminded just how amazing my fellow nominees were. I was therefore genuinely shocked (as the audio in the video will testify!) when the envelope was opened and my name was read out!
My daughter’s were giddy with excitement (although I’m not sure if that had more to do with the fact that they were staying up later than ever) and I couldn’t have felt prouder. It can sometimes be a lonely job with little feedback, so to be recognised in this way is incredibly rewarding and makes all those hours spent alone in the booth so very worthwhile. I’ll forever be grateful to Rudy and Joan for all they’ve done for me and for the voiceover industry and it was such a shame that I couldn’t be there to thank them in person. This alone is enough motivation for me to work as hard as I possibly can to get another opportunity to revisit LA or New York. I pray that the world can start getting back to normal as soon as possible and that international travel will resume once again. One thing for certain is that I won’t be resting on my laurels and in fact, as soon as Christmas was over, I began regular coaching with award-winning film director and voiceover coach, Robin Armstrong. Onwards and upwards!