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Spotlight on Sandy Carman

“Using My Talents to Help Others” 

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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:

Facebook page
Linked in
Google +

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. 



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8 thoughts on “Friday Friends: Spotlight on Sandy Carman

  • June 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    She has a great voice — very quick, just like you! Congrats on finding someone you can work with!

  • June 6, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you, Melissa.I loved your voice, too.
    Tuesday. We can meet on Tuesday in the morning if you want, around 11 am?

  • June 7, 2015 at 9:33 am

    At first, I thought the well-modulated voice sounded too American. But when I got to know the rhythm, I understood better. (I’m English, you know.) It must be exciting for you, Amy, to work with someone else and hope they’ll get your story across just the way you want it. I wish you every success–you deserve it.

  • June 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Francene,
    Thank you for the perspective of an international listener / reader. So helpful!
    Yes, I do know you’re English. Actually, I may have thought you were Australian since you grew up there.
    It is exciting! I’m playing around with some ideas to get the word out about the audio version as well. I want to have it done by the end of summer as I am working on a new book that I plan officially plant to come out on October 1 to coincide with National Cane Safety Month. That would mean it would need to be done by Sept 1 to have time for people to pre-order it.

  • June 10, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Great choice Amy!!

    I’ve been listening to books on Audible.com for a number of years and one of the things I learned pretty quickly is how much impact the narrator has on the book. I was going to buy a book that I read years ago (such a good book) but when I listened to the sample (the author narrated) I just couldn’t do it. She’s an awesome writer but the narration just didn’t seem to be a good match for the book.

  • June 12, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you for this helpful information, Stephanae! She is quick and enthusiastic like me but has clear diction and can carry the mood of my book. Can’t wait to get it done. Fingers crossed by summer’s end.

  • June 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I listened to the sample. Sounds great Amy.
    I have listened to a lot of audio books in my day and I agree that the narrator can make or break a book. It’s like a combination of a book and a movie or show for me. The right narrator can bring the book to life for me and this is what I believe you will accomplish here.
    It is hard. Expression. Timing. PAcing. It all matters. It’s funny to see if the narrator makes slight alterations to their voice for different characters. I could not keep up. Wouldn’t be able to change voices when the different people switched during any blocks of dialogue. I wish I were able to do it, but narration is probably not for me, but I believe you have a winner here.
    Congratulations and good luck in the completion of this project.

  • June 13, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Hi Kerry,
    Thank you for your excellent comment and feedback on my audio sample. I really appreciate learning how important all those details are, especially coming from someone who listens to them frequently. It makes me even more excited to move ahead!

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