We had the good fortune of connecting with Laurie Burke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laurie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started Virtual Voiceover™ in the true spirit of creativeness. It was organic. When the world shut down, Backstage Magazine asked me to be their resident Voiceover Expert and share my knowledge via “Youtube Lives” with those interested in Voiceover (a field that has been growing exponentially ever since).
For the last 20 years, I’ve been a working Voiceover Artist, Actor, and Coach and built my own home studios from the beginning so meeting/teaching all of the wonderful people online that were eager to learn, not only how to be successful VIRTUAL Voiceover Artists and work from home but also live a happy, multi-creative life, was just SO fun and inspiring…I decided to create Virtual Voiceover™ (under Laurie Burke Productions). It’s a revolutionary way of teaching Voiceover consisting of courses and live/virtual instruction and I get to help people learn the craft I love so much and fulfill their creative potential (and inspire them to live their dreams can be in the process).
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel like I’m the luckiest girl in the world.
I came from an entire family of professional musicians and actors and was raised that if you want to do something, the first step is to study your craft. The second is to always be grateful that you get to do that craft (what you love) every day.
I have certainly worked an unbelievable amount of varied jobs along the way – sometimes 5 at a time (a fact my friends always tease me about:). It wasn’t always easy but every single job/event/situation brought me such perspective and knowledge – I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I know the key to my life’s happiness…I’m happy if I’m creative every day, it’s that simple. As the original Voice of Google and a 20-year veteran Voiceover Artist, Actress, TV Host, and Singer, I’ve been so lucky to be able to do so many amazing things and live a happy, multi-creative life and now I get to show others how to do that as well!
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?
As an ex-flight attendant (did I mention I’ve had a million different jobs on my journey?;), I think traveling and exploring new places is invaluable to one’s happiness – even if that exploration means just going to a new place down the street. L.A. is the perfect place for that. It has so many different parts to it. My absolute favorite place/thing to do in L.A. is to catch a great band/show at The Hollywood Bowl – it’s just pure magic. I also think hiking the beautiful canyons, exploring The Getty (the Villa too), and I also love some quiet time walking around the Self Realization Center to get my spiritual juices flowing (my Dad used to go there often in the 1960’s and told me it was a great place to get balanced (and visit Ghandi’s ashes:).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my Dad who passed away a few months ago. He was an amazing Actor, Director, Musician, Teacher…the list goes on…and human being. He was a true creative and I feel honored that I get to carry on his legacy of helping and inspiring people to fulfill their creative potential.