Today we’d like to introduce you to Tasia Valenza.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began my career as an actress, and, after receiving an Emmy nomination, I then transitioned into voice-over work, which has been a 20-year long career for me.
Along the way, I began to coach a select group of voice-over artists, and I observed how so many elements of the way that we utilize our voices as our tool can effectively transcend from our professional into our personal lives in a way that facilitates our succeeding at our goals in life.
Each time I play a role, on or off-screen, I ask myself these questions: Who am I? Who am I speaking to? What do I want? And how does my voice support that intention? In daily life, our voices have the same power to help us get what we want out of life and to assist us in embodying ourselves authentically in a way that rings true and helps us better connect with the people around us.
You’d be surprised, how a few simple modifications in the way that you speak and present yourself can play a role in your success – whether you’re a corporate lawyer, speaking to her senior colleagues, a CEO communicating with his employees, or even a wife or mother, talking to her husband, or sharing with her children.
When I realized the gift that this is, that we can give great voice to the people in our lives, and also to ourselves, by being more mindful of how we speak to ourselves, I knew that this was a skill set that I had to share with others. I became a Communications Coach, and haven’t looked back since!
Along the way, I began the #givinggreatvoicechallenge which has taken on a life of its own, and it moves me to see how my message of getting back to genuine communication resonates with so many.
Great, 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?
It has been about a three-year journey in growing and lending my own message of how to take what I do as a voiceover artist and figure out how to best frame that process in a way that is accessible and teachable.
To a lot of people, it’s a very abstract concept at first, so I start with them at the beginning to facilitate their understanding of what it is that I do as a coach. But it has been so wonderful because every day and each time that I’m working with a new student or group.
I see the value that it has for them as they learn to better embody themselves, to reconnect with themselves in all their facets and complexities, and then use that new knowledge in speaking and giving great voice, both to get what they want in life, and also to succeed interpersonally, to improve their relationships, even their relationship with self.
Giving Great Voice – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
In this day and age of digital communication and conversations being held entirely via emojis, voice is still the most powerful, meaningful and intimate way to communicate. And I teach a really fun and unique way to go about gaining mastery over that.
My students sometimes experience my coaching as public speaking with a twist, because it’s private speaking as well, and it’s understanding it through the eyes, ears, and voice of a voiceover artist. We incorporate mind mapping into the fundamentals of how I get each student on the path of understanding themselves in the multiple roles they each play in their own lives.
Each of us is a mother, daughter, wife, sister, professional, etc., and all of those roles entail different motivations, needs, and various things that we’re carrying with us, emotionally and mentally. Gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves in that sense, of how many roles we each play, can be very therapeutic, and also eye-opening for my students.
It is a process sometimes of unlearning some habits and modes that aren’t serving us and replacing those habits with new self-talk and speech that lifts and empowers. For some students, it’s a major ‘Aha’ moment, when they realize how much POWER giving great voice can offer in life circumstances, how quickly we can access this tool to assert ourselves or give the impression that we want to give to optimize our chances for success.
And for me, that is a gift, to really give my students this strength and empowerment in their lives. I’m also able to then bring more depth to my voiceover students, so they are not only getting tips and tricks but real depth that they can bring outside of their careers as well. It’s been a great learning curve.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I am very proud of the charitable work I have done throughout my career. It is always important for me to give back and to support causes I am passionate about. This is my way of “Giving Great Voice Back.”
I was inspired by Oprah’s Big Give and decided to get involved with the SOS Children’s Villages campaign. I helped get 100 orphans sponsored – which was incredibly rewarding. I also voiced the SOS Children’s Villages website as a way to support the cause.
I have also donated my voice multiple times to the Wild Animal Sanctuary, including for an Emmy award-winning project where the story of Morelia, The Magnificent Lion, was told; an inspiring story of how she was saved by the Wildlife Sanctuary from horrible and cruel circus life.
Another project I am proud to be part of is the Haven App, which is my gift to the world to help people to give great voice to themselves. The Haven App is a free application created to rewire your brain using science-based affirmation meditations. It can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.
- Website: www.givinggreatvoice.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TasiaValenza
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TasiaValenza/
- Other: https://haven.am