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Life & Work with Keyla McClure

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keyla McClure.

Hi Keyla, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I wanted a career that allowed flexibility and creativity in a variety of areas, so I struck out on my own in 2020 when my regular job wasn’t meeting my creative needs.

I’ve been in theatre since high school and have an MFA in acting from the University of Iowa. As an introvert, I naturally gravitate towards voiceover work over other forms of acting.

I now work as a full-time creative, splitting my time between voiceover for a wide range of clients and design work for a woman-owned startup based out of Atlanta. (obviously, the story is much longer, but that is the short version!)

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve struggled with imposter syndrome a lot.

Feeling like I’m not a “real” voice actor or “real” designer because I have a split focus. I have to keep my thoughts in check and remind myself that I am a talented creative in a variety of ways!

It has also been an adjustment to the ebbs and flows of creative freelance work over a regular paycheck of the same amount. It is still totally worth it!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have a youthful voice so a lot of my work is split between narrating children’s books and narrating pop culture videos for Youtube channels.

I recently worked on the third book in a series of children’s books written by Linda Montgomery and illustrated by Tami Boyce. I have had the privilege of narrating all three audiobooks in the series and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done to tell these stories!

I love working on children’s books because you get to be a little wilder with the character voices. This particular book has an entire farm of animals and I have loved voicing all of their personalities!

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I think a lot of voice actors are worried about AI taking our jobs, but I’m really excited about how my work will intertwine with technology in the future.

There is something irreplaceable about the human voice, especially with storytelling. Slight imperfections make us unique and I’m excited to see where all of that goes.

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