We had the good fortune of connecting with Ann Coatney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ann, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have done voiceovers for 25 years. A couple of years ago, after setting up my home studio, I decided to take the leap and start my own voiceover business full time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started out as an actress in Los Angeles and then New York. I worked in theater, film and television. When I moved to New York in the mid 90s, I met a woman who helped me get into the voiceover business. I discovered that I had a facility for it and haven’t looked back. Although the meeting was fortuitous, I wouldn’t say it’s been easy. I’ve gradually built my client base over the years and I’m always looking to expand it. I’ve had the opportunity to delve into a lot of different areas of the business including audiobooks, commercials, corporate presentations and videos, and IVR or phone systems. IVR may not be the sexiest part of voiceover but it does help to pay the bills! I’m always learning how to better market myself and be a better businessperson. If I could describe my “brand”, it would be warm, smooth and precise.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, you won’t be able to do much sightseeing in Denver currently but when things are back to normal, I would start with a trip to Red Rocks. It’s one of the most beautiful spots in CO and is worth seeing, even if there isn’t a concert going on. When there are shows again, a concert by ANYONE is a must! I would also take a visitor to Union Station. It has several great restaurants and bars and the architecture is beautiful. Denver is home to a number of food halls and the best one is Avanti Food & Beverage. I love to take visitors there for the eclectic choice of food and the fabulous view of downtown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a shout out to Susan Berkeley. She is the owner of Great Voice in New Jersey, a voiceover studio. She is a long time voiceover professional, an author, instructor and mentor. I have worked through her studio for 25 years and she has been a source of guidance during that time. She has helped me in so many ways to find new clients, improve my skills and grow my business. I’d also like to thank all the fine people at Rocky Mountain Recorders in Denver, CO. I have worked with them for nearly 17 years. A special shoutout to Justin Davis for being the best recording engineer around!