We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Singer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Experiencing balance has always been important to me on some level, but it took a while for me to actually understand what balance meant to me. To me, balance is honoring and prioritizing (in mind, body, and speech) what’s most important to me. I’ve never felt wildly out of balance when it comes to work-life for an extended period of time, but what I notice now is how much more I value prioritizing my time both personally and professionally. I’m much more intentional with my energy. I’m always checking in with myself to make sure what I’m doing is aligned with my core values and will help me (and in turn others) continue to thrive. By doing this and honoring my boundaries, I’ve been able to integrate work and life in a much more fluid way. Sometimes that might look like staying up late working a few nights in a row to be able to enjoy a daytime hang with a friend. Or it might mean saying no to a project because the content doesn’t fuel the direction I want to go next. Or it might mean cutting back on entertainment and other purchases so I can invest in vocal lessons. It all depends on what’s important to me at that time, and then organizing my schedule and using my energy in alignment with that. Meditation has been an essential component for helping me experience balance, so I make time for one to two nonnegotiable meditation sessions per day. It’s my reset button and it reenergizes me. Through meditation, I’ve gained much more awareness and clarity around my core values. I’ve also been able to cultivate the ability to give myself more permission to do what I need to do to honor and prioritize what’s most important to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a voice over artist, and I also teach meditation. I record voice overs for everything from company videos, product launch announcements, commercials, documentaries, in-app content, and e-learning courses, to guided meditations, podcasts, IVR systems, and more. Being able to see my voice as a gift has allowed me to use it for my and others’ benefit. I see our voices as a “vocal print,” like a thumbprint, that’s uniquely our own. Yes, we can develop our instrument (our body and breath) and expand our range, which I continue to do daily, but our voice it’s something that makes each one of us different. My client base and niches are technology, science, and wellness. While I began my career as a TV reporter for a CBS affiliate, I quickly pivoted into industries ranging from technology, health and wellness, and medical research, to commercial property development, advertising, and education. I lead product marketing and partnership efforts for different tech companies. That’s where I cultivated my love for technology and innovative software/hardware. My passion for bringing stories to life with my voice never waned, though, and I found myself voicing ad campaigns, product demos, webinars, course material, client videos, and voicemails at each company I worked for. Eventually, I decided to pursue voice over work on the side and later made the leap to full time when I moved from New York to Los Angeles. This may seem like it’s been a smooth and somewhat clear path, but it definitely was not. There was a lot of doubting myself and not knowing where I was headed. Continuing to come back to my interests and creative desires when I felt lost has served me well. While I record voice overs for a variety of industries and companies, my background and interest in tech became a natural point of intersection for my voice over work. Recently, one of my dream companies to work with in the XR space reached out to me, and I felt like I had a full-circle moment. I feel so lucky to be able to blend my passions together in the way that I have. I also teach meditation, which has been an essential part of my personal and professional journey. It quite literally helped me find my voice. Without meditation, I don’t know if I would have cultivated the courage to pursue voice over work full-time. I’ve studied and practiced many techniques over the years. Meditation has helped me create a much more enjoyable life, by easing anxiety and cultivating more calm, creativity, and confidence in everything I do. A couple of years ago I enrolled in a meditation teacher training program to go even deeper into my practice and learn how to support others in their meditation journeys. I also use my voice to record guided meditations (which are different than the technique I teach in my courses), so it’s been exciting to blend my passions even further to create unique projects. One meditation series I created was for driving anxiety, which I dealt with when I arrived in LA. Being able to help myself and others with my voice and meditation has felt like such a gift. Throughout my journey, two key things I’ve learned are 1) We human beings are so much more resilient than we think we are and 2) Maya’s Angelou’s definition of success rings true for me – “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I moved from NYC to LA, I fell in love with the landscape and scenery. So, naturally, I want to share it with everyone who visits! We’d start on the east side and venture to Huntington Gardens. If it happened to be the winter season, I’d take them to Descanso Gardens too for the seasonal and magical Enchanted Forest of Light. We’d make our way to Griffith Park the next day for a drive, a hike, and to check out the views from Griffith Observatory. While in Los Feliz and Atwater Village, we’d go to Stamp Proper Foods and Dune. And of course, stop at Van Leeuwen in Silverlake. The next outdoor spot would be Echo Park Lake for a stroll, and then walk over to Sage for another meal. Before we head to the west side, we’d need to go to Salazar in Frogtown for more food, because there are so many good restaurants and we need to pack them in. We’d also visit Greystone Mansion by Trousdale Estates to walk around the beautiful grounds. Over on the west side, we’d make our way to Santa Monica and Venice for walking and relaxing. And, of course, more eating, at Gjusta and Rose Cafe. We’d round out the week with hikes in Malibu and Topanga, check out the Getty Gardens and Museum, and finally visit the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades for some rest and beautiful views.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Friends and family have been such a supportive force behind me. This shoutout goes to my husband – producer, songwriter, musician, and engineer, Jesse Singer (likeminds-music.com). He’s one of my top cheerleaders. I came from the corporate world, and while full-time entrepreneurship sounded exciting, it was nerve-wracking for me to sit with so many unknowns. My husband started his music production company years prior though, and over time I saw him build and grow it from the ground up. Jesse gave me a behind-the-scenes look into what entrepreneurship can look like and what I needed to prepare myself for. He’s been there every step of the way and I’m forever grateful. I’ve also learned so much about audio production skills, thanks to Jesse’s mastery of his craft.
Other: Meditation Website: traversestudio.com