by Kyrsten Weber - The Modern Mom on April 15th, 2020

My voiceover work has been a lot more...interesting of late. Not so much the content of the scripts, but simply trying to get the work done. As is the case for most of us, my kids are home and trying to do school. My day job has expanded substantially. I am now substitute teacher, principal, lunch lady, referee, counselor, voice actor, bookkeeper (in the midst of tax season), and mom with all the regular tasks involved.

My kids are 14 and 11, so they don't require the hands-on care that younger children require. However, as parents of teenagers know, they do require supervision so that they don't kill each other. Or at least so that no one is emotionally scarred for life.

I am not alone in the struggle. But I'm accustomed to working alone, so this is...different. For the first week or so, it was really nice. I like my kids a lot. We enjoyed the extra time together even in the midst of my work and their schoolwork. About half way through the second week, they started to wear on each other. By the third week, we all needed a timeout.

Fortunately, the fourth week was "spring break" and my husband had the week off. Of course, not a lot changed except the kids took a homework hiatus and I had my best friend around. Actually, that is a lot and I was grateful for the adult company and the tag-team parenting. We had fun. We made great food, hiked some, watched movies together, and generally got along better.

Yesterday, Daniel went back to work. The kids and I managed to make it through without any blowups, but by evening I was already looking ahead to the weekend and tag-team parenting again.

We're in this for the long haul, so I need to put on my big girl warmups, make that cup of tea, and pray to God that the Xbox and iPad keep working or I'll never get that VO recorded.

by Kyrsten Weber - The Modern Mom on July 8th, 2014

Tomorrow I'm teaching a private Voice Workshop for an eclectic group - some financial planners, hosts of a radio program and a young voice actor.

I love teaching. Workshops require intense preparation and focus. Knowing precisely what my students need and what they are looking for makes that work even more rewarding. I've distilled my 2-and-a-half hour workshop down to almost half that. There are some elements of "Find Your Voice" workshop that I will leave out, but this give us room to truly focus on the Voice. ("Find Your Voice" is a voice and public speaking workshop.)

Tomorrow's session will be the foundation for my Voice Actors' Workshop in the fall. The class will be limited to 12, so let me know if you want to be on the invite list.

by Kyrsten Weber - The Modern Mom on March 27th, 2014

Saturday, April 19th
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

SNAP Conference Room
3102 W. Fort George Wright Dr.
Spokane, WA

As Actors and Voice Actors, our speaking voice is an instrument we cannot take for granted.

Do you use your voice effectively? How wide is your vocal range? How can you improve on what you have? How well do you care for your voice? How does "the rest of you" impact how you use your voice?

We'll address these questions and much more in the Voice Workshop designed specifically for Actors and Voice Actors.

Topics we will cover include...
**  The Basic Mechanics of the Voice
** Tension, Relaxation, Breathing and Posture
** The Voice Variables ~ Rate, Volume, Pitch & Quality
** Different Styles of Delivery
** Vocal Problems to be aware of and eliminate

There will be exercises and individual participation, so be prepared to make yourself heard. Class size is limited to 15. Registration is $79. Register online at

by Kyrsten Weber - The Modern Mom on March 4th, 2013

After a long wait, my computer, ProTools and interface are officially upgraded. Check that--the computer is the same, but my Mac has more memory and a new OS, so it FEELS new. I was holding back the panic as I prepared for a steep learning curve on ProTools... only to find that the the software isn't that different and I could even open my ancient PT LE 7.0 sessions in the new PT Express 10.0. Celebrations were heard throughout the neighborhood!

Well, these weren't the only upgrades. I've been using Quicken 2003 on my other Mac (which probably does qualify as ancient). I did not hear good things about more current versions of Quicken for Mac, so I asked for recommendations. iBank seemed to be the go-to software for my needs. I downloaded a demo and low and behold, it's great! I can even (drum roll, please) download my transactions directly into the software from my credit union's website. I know, a lot of you have probably be doing this for years, but it was a new experience for me. Oh, the hours of entering transactions that I will save!

The downside is that I still need to do my 2012 taxes using my old Quicken software. The data is already there and the reports will still run, but I want to play with my new toy--uh, new software. I bet it does all kinds of tricks that my old one didn't. Ah well, give me a month and I'll be done with Quicken, the old computer will go to some needy family, and I'll get to play around--um, delve into the complexities of my new software. I've never been so motivated to get my taxes done!

by Kyrsten Weber - The Modern Mom on February 6th, 2013

In addition to voice-overs, voice workshops and writing, I also do an occasional on-camera gig. Last Friday, I worked with our local Community Minded Television to do some PSA's for the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance. Gotta say, PSA's are some of my favorite projects. You get the word out on an important issue, stand up for the little guy, make the world a little better. Well, that's the idea anyway.

The guys at CMTV were delightful to work with! Our 2 hour session wrapped in just 45 minutes. (Might have had something to do with the actor's experience too.) I love my job.

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