We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Alexander and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I just realized that I no longer wanted to work for anyone else ever again. I had been the target of some extreme suspicion by a boss who was by nature extremely suspicious and distrustful of nearly everyone he hired. Push came to shove and there was an incident that happened where I realized that he had tremendous power over me as my employer, and I realized that I never wanted anyone to have that power over me again. I wanted to rise or fall on my own merits and be dependent on ME, not them, for my success.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a voice talent who takes his business seriously, but doesn’t take himself too seriously. I strive to be no hassle, with under an hour usual turnaround time depending on length of script. I have excellent pricing, broadcast-level home studio quality, and voiceover experience with roots back in 1993. I pride myself on giving my customers over and above what they expect from me. That’s what I have always expected from contractors that I hire, and my word is my bond. So my clients get my word, they get my bond. I got to where I am today by being a perfectionist, working hard, striving to have only the best, and never wanting to “try” something. It’s like Yoda said: “try not. DO, or do not. There is no try.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly? We just moved to nearly 4 acres south of Seattle and it’s gorgeous here. I would take them to my church. I would have a barbecue for them. I would walk around our pasture with them and smell the fresh air. I would play card games and cook them a fantastic dinner. If traveling, I would want to go somewhere filled with nature and calm…scenic vistas and sunlit waters. I’m not for the big loud crowd or the fame monster persona…I like real, authentic, down and dirty, intimate, and true.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am deeply grateful to fantastic Voiceover coaches and mentors like Scott Burns, J. Michael Collins, Paul Strikwerda, Pat Fraley, Thom Pinto, Carin Gilfry, Tracy Lindley, and so many others. But I am also unceasingly grateful to my beloved wife, who is so incredibly supportive of my Voiceover pursuits. I’m very grateful for the bloggers consortium we’ve started – a group of about 10 Voiceover bloggers who are all constantly sharing ideas and thoughts.
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