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Sharon Cline is a professional voice-over artist and audiobook narrator in Atlanta, and she has recorded voiceovers for podcasts, authors, internal company videos, doctor’s offices, automated voice recordings, and you can hear her on YouTube and educational videos. She has recorded 16 audiobooks so far, and love working with authors and businesses alike.
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Intro: [00:00:07] Broadcasting live from the Business RadioX studios in Woodstock, Georgia. It’s time for Cherokee Business Radio. Now, here’s your host.
Stone Payton: [00:00:23] Welcome to Cherokee Business Radio Stone Payton here with you this morning. And today’s episode is brought to you in part by Alma Coffee, sustainably grown, veteran owned and direct trade, which of course means from seed to cup, there are no middlemen. Please go check them out at my Alma coffee and go visit their Roastery Cafe at 34 or 48 Holly Springs Parkway in Canton. As for Harry or the brains of the outfit Leticia and please tell them that Stone sent you. You guys are in for a real treat this morning and please join me in welcoming to the broadcast voiceover artist and audiobook narrator Miss Sharon Cline. Good morning.
Sharon Cline: [00:01:07] Good morning. Thank you for having me.
Stone Payton: [00:01:08] Oh, what a delight to have you in the studio. So, voiceover artists, audiobook. Narrator Why, when, how, what compelled you to get into this line of work?
Sharon Cline: [00:01:20] Well, I used to do a lot of driving down to Atlanta every day, and I would listen to a lot of audiobooks, which is the most fun for me, because I’d be excited to get back in my car to kind of hear what was happening with the rest of the story. And so I really just thought, well, I wonder if I could do any of these kind of characters or I think I just got so used to hearing what it sounded like. I wondered if I could sound the same. So I did some I did some research online and I found a website called Ask.com, and it teaches you kind of how to become an audiobook narrator and what you need and how to be successful. And so I started to audition for different books and got a few books, and that just started sort of my, my audio journey and then voiceover work a couple of years later, I thought, gosh, you know, it’d be nice to, to do something similar, but, but a shorter amount of time because books can be, you know, months of recording, you know, in my spare time outside of my my regular everyday job. So but the goal would be to be able to make this kind of work, my everyday job. So it’s part of why I’m here with you. So I really appreciate the time.
Stone Payton: [00:02:27] Yeah. So I hadn’t thought about the character aspect so, so much. So do you have an acting background or like did you do community theater? Did you were you always in the high school play kind of thing?
Sharon Cline: [00:02:38] It was, you know, my story is like you’re following me. Yeah, no, I really was. I did a lot of theater in high school and, you know, like musicals and just kind of loved getting into characters. And so I think one of one of the most fun parts about doing the audiobooks and recording is kind of, you know, becoming a different person. And I’m trying to identify with the energy of who that person is to make it easy for the person listening to automatically know this character speaking. You know, it’s different from when you’re just reading a book and you’re hearing voices in your head as opposed to hearing it. You know, you don’t want someone to question who’s speaking and get confused.
Intro: [00:03:13] So.
Stone Payton: [00:03:14] Well, I can’t imagine that challenge because it’s one thing to see an actor on stage and they’re in costume and they have different movements. And maybe, maybe now that I’m a little more informed, I’ll look and listen for different voice, too. But you’ve got to do it all with the voice, right?
Sharon Cline: [00:03:30] So the main, if it’s a woman speaking, usually I get a book where the main character is is a woman. So I have like a certain tone for her. And then her friends will come along and they’ll either have a higher pitch or a lower pitch or an accent. And and then, of course, men will be speaking. So I try to speak in a bit of like a lower tone, not not exactly like that. But I try to make it sound more distinctive so that when you’re listening, they don’t always say he said. She said it’s more just a natural flow of conversation.
Stone Payton: [00:03:58] So of course, I’m a huge admirer of Frank Caliendo. The me and my nephew candidly does a pretty darn good Christopher Walken and Donald Trump. No kidding. So he’s like entertainment at the family dinner, right? And I enjoy the heck out of it, but I wouldn’t even know where to begin. So you just you’ve had to train yourself. You’ve gone to help get people to help you. How does that.
Sharon Cline: [00:04:23] Work? Well, I really kind of I look up YouTube videos a lot on different accents. Like there was one book that I did where a character was from Jamaica. Yeah, I think. And I was like, I don’t.
Intro: [00:04:36] Know, I sound like an idiot.
Sharon Cline: [00:04:38] I sound like an idiot. And people are going to hate this book and write the author. And so I just did a lot of like listening over and over to just the tone. And I checked with the author and it’s like, Here’s how I sound. Are you happy with this? Because my goal as sure is to make the author just so happy and feel like, Oh, yes, this is exactly what I was looking for. That’s the way I want to be. With anyone I’m interacting with in this industry is to just hope that they’re extremely happy with everything that I’ve done and that that they feel like, okay, yes, this this is brought to life, my product. This has brought to life these characters. And it’s very special. When an author feels that way, it’s like very satisfying for me.
Stone Payton: [00:05:16] Well, no, that’s that’s the beginning, too, to the answer, I’m sure. But a question I wanted to ask you is, why do you. You feel that that that this kind of work is so important to business, to businesses and authors?
Sharon Cline: [00:05:28] And that’s a good question. It is a good question, I think, in terms of business or product. When I read a statistic and I wish I could give you the exact source, so I hope you believe me. But there’s about 8 seconds that we have when we’re listening to something for for an ad to catch our attention, because I do the same thing. If I’m not really into it, I switch over to something else. So having a voice set the tone of of what your product is or your business is or your services is really important. It gives an energy. It gives almost a call to action. Listen. Listen to what I have to say. This is important. You know, it brings to life your product. And it and it explains in a really super concise, non confusing way. Usually this is the problem that people have. This is an answer. You know, it could be us and this is why we’re different and this and so it’s it makes it’s this the product or service that you have or even book. It sounds very professional and serious and not just someone off the street speaking. And I think a voiceover artist kind of knows the audience as well, knows what audiences want, because that’s kind of what they’re thinking about all the time. What what would someone want to hear and how how how can you make it sound even more appealing than than just someone on the street speaking? So I think that’s why it feels really important is is to have that professional sound be taken seriously, set the tone, explain in a concise way why your product is wonderful or different or important. You know what your values are.
Stone Payton: [00:07:01] So, so, so let’s walk that through a little bit. What are some of the applications? One that comes immediately to mind, of course, is the we interview a lot of business authors here throughout the Business RadioX network. A long, long time ago, when I had black hair, I self-published a book. Right. Good for you. But there are a lot of people out there in the business world. So that’s one application is to is to have their book have an audio version of their book. But there must be a ton of other applications for this.
Sharon Cline: [00:07:33] I agree the voiceover industry is so huge and I’m just still what, two years into it? So I’m not as definitely not an expert yet. I hope to be some day. But just from the experience that I’ve had in kind of dabbling in this industry and I did go to school for it. So got some really good insight into different ways that I can market myself. And one of the big genres is, is like computer games and video games and it’s it’s huge. I would love to get involved in that way some way and be a character on one of these kinds of games. And it can go on and on and on. And that’s the goal kind of for me is steady work. But also if you you’ve got obviously radio and commercials and you’ve got oh my goodness, I’m trying to think there’s like so many different aspects. It’s kind of crazy because when you really pay attention, you can hear how voices are involved in so many different parts of our lives. And I watch TV, obviously, and have hear a commercial come on and I wonder, what would I sound like if I had tried to done that? But but also there’s voice over announcing people like if you’re having an event and you need someone to speak and kind of announce people’s names, right? What’s happening? There are different videos that you can do as you’re walking around town, like there are media companies that need a voice for an explanation of what their projects are. There are real estate offices that would like to hire people to kind of explain this model home is coming and put that on YouTube. And I’ve done medical explainer videos like software that’s that’s brand new for a medical office and they want to have like their whole team learn how to use it. I’ve done the the voice for the explaining how that works. Gosh, I can’t even think it’s so funny. I’m like, race, my mind is racing. So I sound great and articulate. I’m sure I sound great.
Intro: [00:09:27] No, you don’t.
Stone Payton: [00:09:28] And I know our listeners can feel it too, and I can certainly feel it in this room. Your your passion for this work. I mean, this really I mean, I think this is what you’re meant to do.
Sharon Cline: [00:09:36] That’s so sweet. It’s very fun. And I find a lot of joy in it, which is to me, that’s kind of the key if you’re really finding some joy in what you’re doing. You know, it’s not really just about me making tons of money. It’s it’s it’s providing a service that you’re happy with. And we both win. You know, that’s the best is when there’s a win win, you know, you’re happy. I’m happy. You know, let’s hope. Let’s hope everyone walks away with a good feeling.
Stone Payton: [00:09:58] Sure. Okay. So how does the and I’m sure the answer to this is evolving, but how does the whole sales and marketing thing work for a small business like this? How do you get on people’s radar? How do you get those first conversations to talk to somebody about, Hey, maybe I could voice over your training videos or something?
Sharon Cline: [00:10:15] It’s a great question. There are lots of different ways that I could be marketing more, and it’s kind of my goal this year is. Actually to build this business. And and this actually is is part of it. I started to go to some local business meetings once a week like.
Stone Payton: [00:10:31] Like Woodstock Business Club or why or. Those are my those are my two. You know.
Sharon Cline: [00:10:35] I go to FAO and that’s how I met you. And it’s really great in that I feel like I’m not just a name or just even a voice that you hear somewhere. It’s getting to know people because ultimately that’s what business is. It’s it’s meeting with people and interacting with people. And I wanted to build my own brand in that way, not just be a business card or a mailer. I wanted to be a person. And I think just having met all the so many different, really wonderful and innovative and smart people that work here in Woodstock, it’s really been fun to say, you know, do you have an an interest? Like there’s the Reeves house, which has it’s an art center, but it’s also coffee.
Stone Payton: [00:11:18] Right. Right.
Sharon Cline: [00:11:18] To go and get a drink.
Stone Payton: [00:11:19] Beer and wine and some great waffles and before. What a waste. They promoted Zack, and now he’s running more stuff. But, Zack, if you guys have ever met Zack, he makes these sirups out of beer and it poured over. No, I love. I love everything about the retail.
Sharon Cline: [00:11:35] I’ve never had. That sounds amazing, but that’s what I mean. So if, like, let’s imagine that they had a little video that they wanted to explain their new I don’t know, sirup, you know, like, and put it on YouTube or put it on their website. Perfect. Exactly. Something like that. So I try to speak to different people. You know, there are mortgage lenders that are there. You know, do you have any need for a communication that you’d like to explain to people? Or is it do you need some direction on something? I mean, I would love to be able to help people to get whatever their message is out into the world in a way that they’re really happy with.
Stone Payton: [00:12:08] So let’s talk about process and again, probably evolving, but let’s walk. Let’s say that you do get a chance to have a meaningful, substantive conversation with Darren Hunter over there, over there at Mortgage. Mortgage. What is the name of his outfit that isn’t that awful? Anyway, Darren is a great he’s the mortgage hunter, you know. All right. So you talked to Darren. You meet him at Woodstock Business Club or around town or something, and he says, okay, yeah, tell me more. What what’s the process particularly like early in the Engage, you sit down and kind of think through goals and stuff.
Sharon Cline: [00:12:39] Yes, that’s exactly right. So what are some of the needs that you have? So for example, if he’s saying, well, we’ve got a new kind of mortgage that we would like to promote to people, well, I would ask him to come up with some of the highlights and a script of of how he would like it to sound. What are some of your what would you like the audience to know the most about and what would you like them to do about it? And how are you different? Those are some of the the highlights that I think are important. So I have a studio in my basement. It’s a it’s a booth. It’s not a studio. This is a.
Stone Payton: [00:13:10] Studio. But you can well, I mean, it’s a different application. This is an application of some of this kind of work. But you can go in your booth and you can create really high quality stuff.
Sharon Cline: [00:13:19] That’s it.
Stone Payton: [00:13:20] You edit it, all that stuff.
Sharon Cline: [00:13:21] That’s right. And it’s really important to have the correct equipment. The sound is obviously it’s everything. So having the right software and microphone and being able to edit out certain sounds that just letters that are difficult to nail because they just pop too hard, you know. So anyway, there’s there are a lot of really great ways to make yourself sound so professional, so that it’s it’s very low, low noise floor so you can’t hear anything in the background. It’s just the message is as clear and concise as possible. So I can do that and turn that audio around and, you know, 12 hours. And it’s great because there are different ways to process the files. And if anything is like a real immediate of course, let me help you right now. So yeah, so I would be able to send them an audio file and have them, I don’t know, even if they wanted something on their their voice, like as an answering service. You know, I have one one of the companies I do is, you know, thank you for calling Stone Payton.
Intro: [00:14:20] Yeah.
Sharon Cline: [00:14:21] For this press one for, you know. So those are really important as well.
Stone Payton: [00:14:24] You know, you just just occurred to me, if anybody should have a really good, solid professional sounding voicemail, it’s Business RadioX people.
Sharon Cline: [00:14:32] Well, you know.
Stone Payton: [00:14:33] All of us do.
Sharon Cline: [00:14:33] Right? It’s true. But whoever did your intro, I was like, Who is this lady? She sounds great. She sounds great. You don’t need me at all.
Stone Payton: [00:14:40] I don’t know. Well, we’ll find out. But that’s another application, right? Exactly. And podcasting is so prolific. Not a lot of folks I don’t think are doing what we do with the in-studio and all the comforts. Right. But there’s a I don’t know, maybe they are. But there’s I mean, a lot of people are doing the podcasting. And so to reach out and have you do.
Sharon Cline: [00:14:57] Those, it’s true in the pandemic. That’s kind of when I started to do I had been going to school a couple of months doing voiceover, and that’s when the pandemic hit. And so I had no idea but was able to kind of watch as my business and kind of as I was learning it really did change. There’s so many people talked about, I’m home, I’m home, I can’t go to a studio, I can’t do anything. And so actually, I lost some. Opportunities to buy equipment because they were being sold so fast, because people were doing things from home, which is great and it’s actually a wonderful business to be part of, to not have to go to a big studio or live near a big city. I’m obviously able to just be in my B in my booth, used to be my closet. Now I have a booth and just, you know, record and feel like I’ve got opportunities to affect the whole world in a really small way. I’ve done podcast intros before. I’ve done questions for podcasts. It’s like it really does set a really nice tone of these people have invested time in making sure they sound polished and professional and it just gives, like, a nice feeling to to a consumer.
Stone Payton: [00:16:03] All right. So let’s go on the other side of the table. Someone who is pretty sure or at least they’re interested in exploring the idea of of capitalizing on talents like yours. I don’t even in fact, I know for sure I don’t know what to ask, what to look for when I begin. I mean, I do now. I just I just I’ll just reach out to Sharon. But but right. But but you and I haven’t gotten to know each other a little bit. And maybe even looking at doing some projects together, I wouldn’t know how to go about shopping for what kind of questions, what am I looking for? What should I be asking?
Sharon Cline: [00:16:35] You know, it’s interesting. There are a lot of people who if they’re looking for a voiceover artist or even an audiobook narrator, they have an idea of what they want the sound to be, but they don’t know it till they hear it, which sounds kind of odd, but it is very subjective. My voice is not for everyone, which is totally fine. I want to be whatever anyone really feels and identifies with. That’s what I want the most. But I would say that where I have a lot of my work I get from voices dot com. So if you’re interested in hiring a voiceover artist for a book or anything else, that’s one of the websites that I’m listed on and really appreciate. And if you Google like voice artists, you’ll find so many different ones and it’s nice they have samples of how people sound. So it’s not just what someone looks like or, you know, what other work that they’ve done, their list, their resume, it’s how do you sound and do you do you have an emotional connection at all to any of the products that I that I want? So I do a lot of auditioning stuff.
Stone Payton: [00:17:36] So there’s these demo kind of reel and some voiceover artists might even be willing to do like a little brief auditioning.
Sharon Cline: [00:17:44] Kind of thing. I do. I audition all the time. It’s just. Yeah, and the more the better. Yes. And I obviously don’t always get jobs, but I feel like every time I audition and I’m trying to identify with the energy and the and the emotion of whatever spot this is, I get better and better.
Stone Payton: [00:18:01] Okay. So let’s let’s say that I do this or I don’t call you because I really need a male voice for this or whatever, or young or kid or something. And I like this, but but what else should I be? I should be asking how they work, I guess. And there’s other stuff I should get. That’s right. Lined up, right?
Sharon Cline: [00:18:17] Yes. A lot of people want to know what’s the equipment that you have? What is your turnaround time?
Stone Payton: [00:18:22] Well, turnaround time, yeah.
Sharon Cline: [00:18:23] Okay. Do you do edits or, you know, revisions if I’m not happy and some people are not as detectable as others. So if you were like, you know, I really like the way this sounded, but can you say it just a little bit faster or a little bit slower? Put an emphasis on this word. You know, I tried.
Stone Payton: [00:18:39] To.
Sharon Cline: [00:18:40] I really like the I’m very direct. I don’t know what’s the.
Intro: [00:18:44] Word you can direct for me. You can direct me, right?
Sharon Cline: [00:18:48] Yeah. And I think it’s just important because, again, I’m such a pleaser regarding this job. I really the industry itself, I’m just like, why do I want you to be so happy? What do you want? You know, I’ll do it. And so definitely being able to have someone kind of listen and take direction and adjust themselves to to kind of match what your vision is. And even if you’re just starting, if you have no idea what you want something to sound like, here’s the script, here’s what I’ve got. Do you like how this is? It’s a starting point. And I think that’s kind of fun to with books because a lot of times the authors that I’ve worked with have not done an audio book before. And when they hear their characters come to life, it’s like so special. And I don’t know, it’s like a really I feel like, so honored, you know? It’s like a little sacred thing that I get to do is to be part of what their little vision is, you know? So I really appreciate the opportunities for sure, and I’m grateful for them.
Stone Payton: [00:19:36] Well, I can tell that you are. What are you enjoying the most? What are you finding the most rewarding about this pursuit? Whoa.
Sharon Cline: [00:19:42] Okay, I love these questions. I’m taking them for myself. So when I have an interview show someday.
Stone Payton: [00:19:47] Oh, you’re going to have a show. We’re going to talk about that after this.
Intro: [00:19:50] Oh.
Stone Payton: [00:19:50] You’re going to have a show.
Intro: [00:19:52] Well.
Sharon Cline: [00:19:53] I can’t wait. This is so fun. So I think the most rewarding is when I feel like I’ve really been able to identify with what an author or a business or producer is looking for, like the energy of what they want, the tone of what they want. And I feel like I’ve been able to match it, understand it and match it. I don’t know. There’s just like I just get a little thrill about it myself. I’m like, Yeah, I did what I did it. You know, I some the way that I was put together in the way I. Sound naturally somehow really makes someone else really happy.
Stone Payton: [00:20:25] With, yeah.
Sharon Cline: [00:20:26] Whatever I can do for them. So there’s just like a really personal, deep satisfaction. I get out of that and it’s just like a little party I have. Any time I get hired to do anything, I already have one for sure, but I’m still just so honored, so honored and just want to, you know, prove them right for choosing me. I guess so. Yeah, it’s really it’s really fun. I mean, and an author being super happy is. Yeah, it’s oh, it’s the best. Yeah. I feel like they’re my, they’re my people. I don’t know. They’re my family now.
Stone Payton: [00:20:55] All right. So let’s shift gears here for a moment. Talk about being an entrepreneur, the decision, because that can be a daunting prospect for some people. Was there like this catalytic moment? Was it just a slow roll and you eased into it, accidentally tripped over it? Because I’ve heard all of those things over the years. Yeah, let’s let’s let’s talk about that a little bit. What was what was that?
Sharon Cline: [00:21:18] So when I started to do audiobooks, being paid was, was part of the process. Like, how do I what what is going to happen now? So I had to create, you know, a little business for myself so that I had a tax ID number. And really I stumble through everything. I kind of the first thing I did when I decided to do audiobooks is I put like a little sample of what I sound like. And I auditioned for a couple of different ones. And when I got hired, I actually had like a total meltdown. Like, what.
Intro: [00:21:40] Do you mean? Oh, no, I got.
Sharon Cline: [00:21:41] To do this for real. I’m like, What does this mean? I don’t even have this or that. Like, I kind of like through the through the phishing hook out there. And it someone caught it and I was like, Oh, no. So then I had to kind of go backwards. Well, what do I need to actually make this work? And in in figuring all of that out, it’s a lot of resources on the Internet, obviously, of how to create your own business. You have to make a name and apply and pay certain fees or actually I don’t even remember. I just kind of did. Everything was like, please, please make this work. I hope I did this right. But yeah. So in the beginning it was really just doing audiobooks and kind of everything I did was just online and very slow and I wanted it to be so good. And just as time’s gone on and I think I’ve done maybe like 16 or 17 audiobooks. Wow. Yeah. So I realized, well, I really kind of need to understand how to market myself as Yeah. And with voiceover work enormously competitive and very subjective, I can only sound how I sound.
Stone Payton: [00:22:37] And you are doing a great job and it’s just this is like an audition for a movie, you know, I need somebody five, eight and you’re five five, right?
Sharon Cline: [00:22:44] Exactly right. It’s just very it’s very interesting because it can I just I just booked one for Harley-Davidson, which I actually do ride a motorcycle. And I think that’s why I got this job, is because I can understand, I guess, the energy behind the spot. But I never would have thought they would have chosen me over anybody else that auditioned. I’m like, why me? Why question it? Just be happy, you know, but at the same time just be great, which I am. But it is just so almost random and serendipity and who knows the right person at the right time. So I just keep trying to put myself out there, I guess, and hope someone likes it. But as far as building the business, this next part, being a voiceover artist and and and trying to understand the different markets and what they want and how the how to best help them. I through school actually, I had gone to a studio called Such a Voice and they helped me to understand that there’s just the first part of of trying to become a really effective voiceover artist.
Sharon Cline: [00:23:41] But the other part is letting people know who you are. And I have not embraced that as much as as I would like. So again, that’s why I kind of this year has been my don’t hide, you know, be brave. Go out there and try to help yourself to to learn, not just, I guess, kind of to avoid hiding. Because for me, I’m like, oh, I’m in my closet or I’m in my studio and you know, no one kind of knows where I am or what I’m doing. But that’s not going to to grow kind of my business, which is ultimately, yeah, I would love for this to be every day, my full time, every day. And getting to know people is, is a huge part of it. Not, not just I’m sharing voiceover artist. I’m sharing this kind of what I’m all about and what I what drives me. And, you know, I like getting to know you and your story, too. It was really fun. We met for coffee at the Reeves house, and it was really it was really.
Intro: [00:24:29] Fun to.
Sharon Cline: [00:24:29] Just sit and chat and kind of, you know, what are the ways that you kind of move through the world and is there a way that I can help you and do that as well? So yeah, I don’t that was very random. All the different things I know. I think it’s I answer your question.
Stone Payton: [00:24:41] I think it’s a marvelous piece of counsel for all of the entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs out there. Don’t hide.
Intro: [00:24:48] No, no, that’s perfect.
Sharon Cline: [00:24:50] It’s it’s it’s a challenge. I naturally don’t want to, you know, be brave. I tend to want to just, like, comfort. And so, yeah, it’s forcing myself to to to say, what’s the worst that can happen? They just say no and can I take a no? Heck yeah, I can take a no. So. Right, yeah. That’s the best thing I can think. I can think at this moment, maybe I’ll have better words in like five years.
Stone Payton: [00:25:11] So you get four or five no’s in a row or things don’t go well or you’re buried or you run out of gas and all that kind of stuff. Where do you go? And I don’t necessarily mean if. Physical place, although the answer might be motorcycle. Where do you go to get recharged to get kind of inspiration rejuvenated? What’s your path for that?
Sharon Cline: [00:25:31] Oh, my goodness. So I go through phases of being enormously, enormously busy. And then I think you’re right. Like, I will run out of gas a little bit where I’m just. Oh, I got to I got to not worry about this. I can’t be in that in my booth all, all day. So, yeah, I definitely try to balance out my life a little bit, but. I read a lot of blogs. I’m on different Facebook pages that are associated with voiceovers. And so when I read what other people are working on it, it’s very inspiring for me. Yeah, yeah. In different questions. They have also problems that they come up with that I haven’t experienced yet. Well, I think it’s wonderful that people are willing to share kind of their experiences and what are things to look out for. So I try to keep my my mind focused on those. It’s kind of nice with social media, but I also look at my audition pages and what different jobs are out there. And some are super inspiring for me and some I’m like, Oh no, I wouldn’t do that one. I know a lot of people I’ve been asked to like. Are there things that you won’t do? And there are some people don’t want to do a political ads. I tend to stay away from those as well. But anything that can kind of like make a little spark, oh, I know what this is like. I know. You know, if it’s about a Prius because I drive a Prius, well, I’d be happy to.
Intro: [00:26:44] Do it.
Sharon Cline: [00:26:45] Because I know what that feels like. So if there’s something I can identify with personally, it really helps to make the audition or the spot sound, I guess, identifiable, you know? And that’s the goal is to really have a moment when you’re auditioning or or is, is to get someone to feel the emotion behind the spot. It’s not just this is a great glass of water, you know, but it’s like, why is this a great glass of water? So you kind of go back to how can you get someone to understand the passion behind why this water is so great, you know? So it really is. It’s just acting. A lot of acting, not just acting, but it’s a lot of acting. But yeah, so I think I just try to keep my mind focused in that way. I can definitely balance myself out easy by doing other things. But yeah, I think it’s trying to find that balance is really important because I can get burnt out pretty quick.
Stone Payton: [00:27:32] This is turning out to be the Sharon Klein Masterclass on Entrepreneurship.
Intro: [00:27:36] No, it’s not.
Stone Payton: [00:27:37] No, you don’t hide. You decide where you draw your lines. You look for the balance. You look for the inspiration. You look for the connection. This is perfect.
Intro: [00:27:44] I love you.
Sharon Cline: [00:27:46] I’m so glad you’re not disappointed.
Stone Payton: [00:27:47] No, no, I’m learning. Okay, so where’s this thing headed? You touched on it early in the conversation, but it sounds to me like you’ve got a pretty, pretty clear vision of where you want to take this thing.
Sharon Cline: [00:27:58] Yeah, I do. So when I was going to college, I was. I worked at a radio station at Kennesaw State University. Go Owls. Anyway, I loved it. I loved it. And it was just so much fun. I had a couple of different radio shows and I would interview different people on campus and I just thought, This is like joy for me. I have the highest joy. And because I really do, I like people so much and just kind of understanding people, I like to identify with them in some way. So I think that would be my ultimate goal, is to be able to still somehow do radio and and get to know people and not just have I mean, I’d love to I’d love to do it all. Like, I love to have books and I love voiceovers, but also, yeah, just chat with people and kind of. I don’t know. See what they’re all about. And is there is there a way that anything that I can do can help? Because I do think that we’re all here to kind of help each other, I think.
Stone Payton: [00:28:46] Amen. I agree.
Intro: [00:28:48] Yeah.
Stone Payton: [00:28:49] All right. So if our listeners want to get in touch with you and have a conversation with you on any of these topics, let’s leave them with some coordinates, whatever you think is appropriate, whether it’s LinkedIn, email, website, but I want to make sure they can connect with you.
Sharon Cline: [00:29:01] That’s so sweet. So my my website is Sharon Klein C, Klein E and I have my phone number there and I have like a little form that you can fill out and those samples of how I sound. So if it sounds like something that could work for you. All right, but feel free. Feel free to let me know. I’d love to help.
Stone Payton: [00:29:20] Well, it has been an absolute delight having you in the studio this morning. Thanks for coming and hanging out with us.
Sharon Cline: [00:29:26] Thank you for having me. You’re so sweet.
Stone Payton: [00:29:27] Yeah. We’re going to do some more of this if things go my way.
Sharon Cline: [00:29:30] Oh, okay. I’m on board.
Stone Payton: [00:29:32] All right. This is Stone Payton for our guest today, Sharon Klein, voiceover artist and audiobook narrator and everyone here at the Business RadioX family saying, we’ll see you next time on Cherokee Business Radio.