We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Baskin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kelly, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
This can be seen as such a mysterious question, and it’s important to know that every person will have their own balance that works for them. My work life balance has changed dramatically in the last year. I used to think that I had to be working at all times; working on my business, working my day jobs to make as much money as I could, working out, etc. It’s almost as if I would loan out time to myself that I had to pay back. I would schedule myself down to the minute, including when I ate, showered, saw my husband, and had “down time.” Just looking back at my google calendar now gives me anxiety.

I’m in the process of understanding that work and life are not separate; we have one life, and everything we do falls under the umbrella of life. Trying to grasp that idea, I attempt to focus on the things in my life that bring me the most joy and let go of former ideas I had about work as it pertains to my life. For example, who says I have to work exactly eight hours or more a day, sacrifice my physical and mental health, make a certain amount of money, acquire specific material things, or meet the milestones of others to be successful? What happens if I let go of molding myself to fit a definition of success that I didn’t create for myself? It’s been a metamorphosis, but I’m grateful to be going through this process now as I shape my life moving forward.

To put it simply, I trust that following what brings me joy will balance everything that falls under my umbrella of life, including work. My hope for anyone who struggles with their own work life balance is that they give themselves the time and grace to figure out what works for them, and then once they figure it out, they own and trust their process and what it reveals. To anyone needing encouragement to start or continue answering this question for yourself, you got this!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Voice over is everywhere, including but not limited to animation, video games, commercials, audiobooks, phone systems -you name it!

My journey into voice over was kind of an accident, albeit a difficult one. I studied and performed musical theatre for years, and that, along with my day job as a fitness instructor, led to vocal nodules. Not only is building a voice over business challenging in itself, but I was also physically and mentally recovering from my vocal injury for years. My training in musical theatre helped me overcome the challenges, and I apply a lot of that training in my voice over work. From how I get into character and create a voice to fit that character to knowing the importance of communication and knowing that “the show must go on,” my training is my backbone.

Right now, I’m most proud of sticking to my dream and putting in the work everyday. In the day to day it’s hard to see my own growth. However, as I look back, my progress has steadily increased, and it’s comforting to know that it’s not one or two big things that pushed me, but all of the seemingly small and incremental steps I’ve taken along the way. Everyday I just put one foot in front of the other, and I’m most excited to see where that leads me.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many amazing things to do in LA!

For a perfect weekend, I’d start with a quick hike at Fryman Canyon. Then I’d go to the Studio City farmers market, grab the vegan bahn mí from Mendocino Farms, a vegan donut from Fonuts, and window shop on Ventura. From there, we’d head south to stroll around LACMA and the Tar Pits. Then I’d catch happy hour at Sun Cafe (they have the most delicious nachos and mac’n’cheese) and end the evening at Mirabelle Wine Bar with one of their specialty wines.

The next day, I’d grab an almond chai latte from Harvest Moon in Valley Village and drive over to Zuma Beach with a picnic to enjoy the amazing weather. I’d book an afternoon tour at Malibu Wine Safaris, followed by happy hour and dinner at Stonehaus in Westlake.

If we had a third day, I’d definitely hike Mount Baldy and bungee jump off the Bridge to Nowhere, and go to Pasadena to show them Pawnee City Hall (Pasadena City Hall)! Then we’d order takeout from Now on Nine and recover from a perfect long weekend.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people to thank for where I’m at in life! First, I have to thank my amazing husband, Adam. He gives me the space and patience to grow, as well as endless love, support, and homemade baked goods. Also our puppy, Robin, who reminds me everyday to live in the moment and play.

My accountability partner, Triya Leong, deserves so much credit. Building a voice over business can be a lonely experience, but she’s basically my co-worker and I can’t tell you the amount of times she’s been my cheerleader, made me see things from a different perspective, take a risk, or shared her honesty to challenge me to grow.

I physically wouldn’t be here without Doctor Steven Sims, Doctor Jan Potter-Reed, and voice teacher Davin Youngs, who healed me from vocal nodules. The work y’all do is incomparable, and I am filled with gratitude everyday. Thank you isn’t enough for helping me find my voice again.

To my incredible first mentor, Deb Doetzer, all of my amazing coaches, including, Jeff Lupetin, Dave Leffel, Lisa Biggs, MaryLynn Wissner, and many more, thank you for your inspiration and guidance.

Finally, I am indebted to my incredible friends and family who support my decisions, listen with open ears, and are always willing to help. Thank you, I love y’all.

Website: KellyBaskinVO.com

Instagram: @KellyBaskinVO

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/kelly-baskin-allison-i-voice-talent-855701ba/

Twitter: @KellyBaskinVO

Facebook: Kelly Baskin Voice Over

Image Credits
Color drawing: Ryan Scottie. Black and white drawing: Zara Solava.

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