Spotlight on Sandy Carman
“Using My Talents to Help Others”
In lieu of my regular Friday Friends column, today I will introduce you to another kind of friend and colleague, a professional who is helping me by lending me her voice to the audio version of Mobility Matters, my book about coming to terms with my vision loss and going through orientation and mobility training.
Meet Sandy Weaver Carman, a voiceover specialist who speaks life into the printed words of others.
At first, I wanted to read my own book. After all, I know every nuance I felt during each event I wrote about. But the more I researched it, the more I learned about the cost of equipment and even the challenges of articulating. Always in the back of my mind were the words of my professor when I was studying Mass Media in my sophomore year of college. He said, shaking his head and, I’m sure, trying to be kind, “Your voice is better suited to a children’s show than the news.”
My sister said, “Get an expert.”
“My friends said, “Get an expert.”
By then, I was sure if I asked my readers, they, too, would say, “Get an expert.”
So I kept researching it, had a few people who volunteered to read (they were so encouraging to do this). But none seemed to reflect my personality quite right.
Then I found Sandy.
Somehow our philosophies and personalities clicked. We lived similar lifestyles, seizing the moment and letting it take us to the places the opportunities and our hearts carried us.
Sandy has lived in California, a couple of cities in Georgia (where she now resides), Washington DC, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas (where else but San Antonio, where I lived for eight years!). Overseas, she has lived in Italy, Panama and Germany.
She says, “I’ve been on the radio in Columbus and Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA and Washington, DC. I’m part of the Happiness Recipe radio show, am CEO of Voicework On Demand, Inc., an audio production company, and have written the award-winning book, “The Original MBA – Succeed in Business Using Mom’s Best Advice.” Additionally, I’m a licensed American Kennel Club judge. What a great life!!”
I love how she is using the talents she has to bring out the messages others want to share and also how happy she is with her life. I think this quote she shares sums up her approach to life well, “Try to see the world as your dog sees it … in the moment and always exciting!”
Try to see the world as your dog sees it … in the moment and always exciting!”
This is the link to her audio portrayal of a key section in my book. If you’ve got the book, she jumps right in and reads the first 2/3 of Chapter 11. You can read along.
You can connect with Sandy on the following links:
What do you think of this recording? Share your opinion in the comments.
You have just read, “Friday Friends: Spotlight on Sandy Carman,” by Amy L. Bovaird. © Copyright, June 5, 2015.