Natalie Stanfield Thomas, a familiar voice those who listen to both Christian and commercial radio. Natalie started at a small mainstream radio station in western Kentucky. Previously Natalie hosted the morning show at Family Life Network based out of New York, currently an audio producer, and voice over professional.
What got you started?
“I was captivated at an early age with cartoons…there was one female voice that did all the cartoons. …her name was June Foray… I discovered radio and that people could create these images in your head with their voices, without showing you pictures. I thought that was the most fascinating things to do. So as a kid, it was something I wanted to be a part of, but I didn’t have a clue how to get started in that.”
How did Natalie get started fulfilling a dream she had no idea of how to achieve?
“… the theatre really helped a lot and I was surprised at how much more the theatre training helped me behind a microphone where nobody sees the acting… Vocal training is great and helped in a lot of areas, but … that doesn’t help as much as theatre training does in making it a believable character”
How did Natalie get to where she is today?
“…I wanted to do news…. That lead to me being a disc jockey … a 17 year career…after the birth of my youngest son, I got out of radio… Then I found out there was a little Christian radio station down the road from where I lived…I volunteered to help them out… They ended up hiring me full time to do the morning show. That station sold and new owners moved me to Mississippi… they sent me to a seminar in California for copyrighters.
Natalie went to that conference, Dan O’Day’s Radio and Creative Production Summit in Los Angeles, in 2004 and every year since. The conference is composed of instruction, and critiquing from professionals. Natalie was able to get one on one with those professionals at the seminar that would further her skills, talent and change her career. Voice acting coaches, copywriters, and other professionals helped fine tune her skills. Those she met at that seminar have become mentors.
“Three of my greatest mentors are Bob Souer, professional storyteller, (www.bobsouer.com who has the VO-BB website, Blaine Parker who together with his wife Honey runs an agency called Slow Burn Marketing, specializing for small business ( www.spotsbeforeyoureyes.net) , and Dick Terhune who does voice over out of Connecticut( http://dickterhune.com) .”)
Natalie studied with a voice coach in Los Angeles, Nancy Wolfson, who teaches Brain Tracks, a presenter at the O’Day conference. (www.braintracksaudio.com)
Natalie went from three clients a year to more than three clients a month now. Natalie has a couple of things coming up, a spot in Houston, TX, and Public Service Announcement were projects just completed
It is understandable why Natalie Thomas feels blessed to be living her dream. Natalie’s website is www.nataliesvoice.com