Nate and I met through our volunteer work at the Wood County Opiate Task Force in Bowling Green, OH. At the time, he worked at MidWest Recovery Center (Toledo, OH). Now, he is the CEO of the Recovery Institute of Ohio (Sandusky, OH).
Recovery Institute of Ohio
1019 Pierce St.
Sandusky, OH 44870
LinkedIn Company Profile https://www.linkedin.com/company/recovery-institute-of-ohio/about/
Vivitrol is available at Recovery Institute of Ohio.
We Recover Together Support Group
BELLEVUE RECOVERY AND SUPPORT SERVICES
1400 W. Main St. Bldg 1, Suite D Bellevue, OH 44811
Text: 4HOPE to 741741
MidWest Recovery Center
7540 New West Rd,
Toledo, OH 43617
Wood County, Ohio Support Groups
Wood County Crisis Line
Wood County Crisis Line: 419-502-HOPE (4673)
Recovery Helpline: Call 211
Reentry Coalition: (567) 246-0761
Resources for Family and Supports
Celebrate Recovery/Cedar Creek Church: (419)-661-8661
NAMI: (419) 352-0626
Mental Health First Aid Training:
• Adults: (419) 352-0626
• Youth: (419) 354-9010
Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board: (419) 352-8475
For more information, visit https://www.wcadamh.org, and search for the “Opiate Resource Guide.”
Have uncomfortable conversations about drugs and alcohol with your children.
What is stigma? Stigma is a mark of disgrace. Drug addicts are thought of in a negative way. There is a profound stigma associated with drug addicts.
Everyone, especially pharmacists, should be informed about addiction. Get educated. Be a resource to your community.
Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate. It affects a wide range of socioeconomic classes, races, and age groups. If you need help, reach out to Nate Kehlmeier or someone in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment field. Visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline or SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. This is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
I heard Nate tell his story at an opioid crisis awareness event in Wood County at
101 E. Indiana Ave.
Perrysburg, OH 43551
I helped create several Faith Community Discussions about Opioid Addiction in Wood County, OH in 2018 and 2019. The purpose of the discussions was to educate and empower clergy and faith community leaders to help with the opioid crisis in Wood County Communities. We supplied Narcan to the attendees, and one Narcan save has been reported from one of our attendees.
Episode 06 Show Notes: The type of voiceover work I do
I specialize in medical narration, e-learning, audiobooks, explainer videos, and podcasting. I am “confident, calm, and trustworthy, like a big sister you actually want to listen to.” How did I know which genres of voiceover to start with? In a nutshell, Instincts and research. I found what I feel comfortable with and enjoy. Those genres also happen to pay well.
I started out wanting to narrate pharmacist continuing education journals. No one has been interested in that so far. Rather than give up, I learned how to do something similar: audiobooks and e-learning. Narrating both feels comfortable. Medical narration and explainer videos feel right too. I am comfortable and conversational with content written in the medical space.
I’m a pharmacist. I earned my confident tone counseling patients and collaborating with other healthcare professionals. As a bonus, I’m also a wife, mother, and American consumer. I know how to speak with a range of emotions because I have lived 41 years and experienced a lot of life.
I can tell someone how to feel about what I’m talking about when reading a script. It’s very similar to counseling a patient on using something that is new to them.
Would I consider work in different genres? Yes! For example, if Amazon.com needs me to do voiceover work for their emerging Pharmacy Business, I am interested!
I love to learn, and even though I have a long attention span, I like the challenge of switching gears often. When I finish a project, I am ready to start a new one.
I mentioned earlier that the type of voiceover I enjoy and feel comfortable with happens to pay well. I did NOT know the rates when I started training. I got LUCKY. The pay for medical narration, in particular, is very good. Not everyone can do it, either. Do voice actors without medical training do medical narration though? Yes! All the time. There is definitely competition.
There are rate guides in the voiceover industry. The one I am most familiar with is the Global Voice Acting Academy Rate Guide. To learn more, visit GlobalVoiceAcademy.com.
Each genre is listed. It reminds me a lot of the Salary Survey published in Ohio Pharmacist, the Journal of the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA), which shares the hourly wage Pharmacists earn in various practice settings in Ohio. Data from rural vs. various metro areas is reported too.
How does the OPA Salary Survey relate to the voiceover rate guide? Just like a pharmacist can practice at a large retail chain, a small hospital, a nursing home, or another setting, the voiceover rate guide is divided into a number of different categories. Some examples on the GVAA Rate Guide are TV broadcast, web use, on-hold phone messaging, e-learning, medical narration, explainer videos, animation, and video games. To learn more about the OPA Salary Survey, visit https://www.ohiopharmacists.org and search for the 2019 OPA Salary Survey.
On-hold phone messaging pays different from audiobooks. Medical narration pays different from animation. Rates are not guaranteed. Every voice actor must negotiate their rate for each project. What I will accept depends on the client’s needs and budget, editing required, my availability, etc. Satisfying clients is important to me, but I have small windows of time that I can work because of childcare issues and life circumstances. Short projects that pay well fit into my life best.
There are some matchmaking sites for the voiceover industry. Meaning, there are sites that connect clients with voice actors. Some are free, some are called Pay to Play Sites. You pay a fee, and the site lets you audition for work. Direct marketing on LinkedIn is an option too. 2020 will be a big year for me to learn about finding projects.
I’m excited about my brand, the type of work I am pursuing, and my comfort level with it!
Thank you for listening and reading the show notes.
Episode 05 Show Notes: Interview with Harold Kinker, Retired Ohio Pharmacist
Harold Kinker, Retired Ohio Pharmacist
University of Toledo College of Pharmacy Class of 1970 (BS Pharmacy Degree)
When I joined the staff of Walgreens store 5323 in Toledo, OH in 2002, Harold was the pharmacy manager. Harold was a mentor and became a friend. Almost 20 years after meeting, we are still friends and even go out to lunch with a group of current and former Toledo-area Walgreens pharmacists several times a year.
In 2002, I worked full-time on the midnight shift “7-on/7-off” for about 12 months: I worked one week, then had the following week off. My hours were 10 PM to 8 AM Monday through Sunday. I worked 70 hours and got paid for 80. Counting vacation time, I was only required to work 25 weeks per year. My partner on the off-weeks asked me to cover vacation for him twice. I worked 21 days in a row on midnights each time while pregnant. I was 24 years old.
When I became a Mom, I needed to step down to part-time. Harold helped me find a way to make it happen. Thanks Harold!
Harold was great with pharmacy and store staff, and our patients liked him.
Harold served on a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) from 2004-2012. He had paid deployments, similar to National Guard duty. Highlights included helping with Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, surviving gas mask training in an Alabama “Cobra Tank," and nuclear emergency training in Nevada. To learn more about DMAT, visit https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ndms/ndms-teams/Pages/dmat.aspx
Harold is a Volunteer Trail Patrol Walker for the Toledo-area Metroparks. 50 hours/year is the minimum commitment. He volunteers more than 200 hours/year. Harold walks with other volunteers 2-3 times/week, about 2 hours at a time. Toledo has one of the best Metroparks systems in the country! To learn more about the Toledo-area Metroparks, visit https://metroparkstoledo.com
Harold volunteers with the Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project creates videos of Veterans and their stories. Multiple copies are made of each video. Three copies go to the Veteran; another goes to the University of Toledo; and one goes to the Library of Congress. Interested WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Afghanistan Veterans can call George or Harold.
George Pugh 419-877-0600
Harold Kinker 419-868-1950
To learn more about the Veterans History Project, visit https://www.loc.gov/vets/
Harold loves retirement and enjoys vacation cruises with his wife and friends.
TPV Episode 04 Show notes: Mistakes I have made
I have made mistakes along my journey from pharmacist to voice actor. It’s ok to share your mistakes.
Why would I create a podcast episode to talk about mistakes I have made? I want you to know that I’m human. I make mistakes, but I try to fail forward. I learn from my mistakes, and I don’t give up. Whenever possible, I like to learn from the mistakes of others. It saves me the hassle of making the same mistake.
7 of my mistakes
1. My first logo. My graphic designer, Margo, created a great first logo. It wasn’t right for me, but her second attempt is the logo on my website today. Margo did a great job. Her website is https://www.designbymep.com. She also created my podcast artwork. (I love both!) Thanks Margo!
2. Hoarding ideas and not sharing them. I feared idea theft. No one has stolen my ideas that I know of. I may hurt some feelings by keeping my idea to myself. I definitely missed out on input from others. When I share my ideas, I get input from others. People love to solve problems, and I appreciate the help.
3. Working with people outside of the voiceover industry to do branding and marketing. Professionals in the voiceover industry have the right eyes, ears, and knowledge base to help voice actors. I need to make the right connections and listen to them.
4. Wanting to narrate pharmacist continuing education journals was not a mistake; assuming my idea would work was a mistake. Narrating journals may not be “a thing” because they weren’t meant to be read out loud. Maybe a summary could be an alternative? Ellipses, abbreviations, and other elements make it difficult to read straight through. Complicated sentence structure needs to be simplified. Even some of the more conversational journals create barriers to using the journal as a script. Delivery is important.
5. Assuming everyone will like my voice and that my vocal age, energy, and accent will be right for the job (narrating continuing pharmacy education journals).
6. NaPodPoMo. I thought I could create my podcast and publish daily episodes in the same month. The first episode of my podcast came out in December. Oops.
7. Staying in situations that aren’t right for me. I worked for a company for 9 years. I waited until my breaking point to leave. I should have left sooner.
In summary, I’m human, and I have made mistakes. Will I make more? You bet! Am I going to give up because of them? No! Will I learn from my mistakes and the mistakes of others? Of course!
I’m enjoying my transition from pharmacist to voice actor, and I’m taking the good with the bad. If you’re making a transition too, give yourself some grace. Making a big change can be hard. You will make mistakes. Use your failures to do better in the future. Don’t give up. And, if possible, learn from the mistakes of others.
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Episode 03 Show Notes
I interviewed my Uncle Tom Titkemeier in November 2019, in Toledo, OH. This is THE FIRST PODCAST I ever recorded. The show notes include insights from the interview, Uncle Tom’s contact info, and organizations and websites mentioned.
There were street sweepers, dump trucks, and other heavy machines collecting leaves in the street right outside the window where we recorded this episode. I can’t hear the machines on the recording, but now you know the behind-the-scenes story! Thank you for listening, and enjoy!
Tom Titkemeier, Registered Pharmacist
1977 University of Toledo BS Pharmacy Graduate
Q: Why did you become a pharmacist?
A: Started in science classes before choosing pharmacy as a major. Needed a degree that would lead to a job. His older brother was in the pharmacy program 2 years ahead of him and set a good example.
Q: Why did you pick UT?
A: Wanted to get away from home, live on campus, and have “the college experience.” Didn’t want to go to nearby BGSU (Bowling Green State University). To learn more about the University of Toledo (UT) visit https://www.utoledo.edu. To learn more about BGSU, visit https://www.bgsu.edu.
Q: When you first graduated [pharmacy school], where did you work?
A: After interning at St. Vincent’s Medical Center (St. V’s) during pharmacy school, no job was available upon graduation. He worked at Toledo Hospital briefly instead. To learn more about Toledo Hospital, visit https://www.promedica.org/toledo-hospital/pages/default.aspx. When a job opened up at St. V’s, he went back to St. V’s for 40+ years. To learn more about St. V’s, visit https://www.mercy.com/locations/hospitals/toledo/mercy-health-st-vincent-medical-center.
Uncle Tom inspired me to become a pharmacist. I tell my Pharmacy Campers (11 graders) about him each summer at UT’s Pharmacy Summer Camp. Uncle Tom worked in the Surgery Pharmacy at St. V’s for decades. He was a team player and worked well with others. He knew how to do his job well, and I admired him. I went to work with him one day when I was in the 8th grade, ~13 years old, around 1991. I “shadowed him” at his job for a school assignment. I got to wear surgical scrubs, which looked and felt like pajamas! I watched my uncle make surgical solutions and deliver them to operating rooms. The operating room staff let me watch surgeries, and I witnessed them function as a team. I like math and science, and I love to help people. Pharmacy was a natural choice after seeing Uncle Tom at work. My students love this story. To learn more about the camp, visit https://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/camp/
Because Uncle Tom and I went to the same pharmacy school, we had some of the same professors. We worked as pharmacists in the same city knew many of the same people.
Uncle Tom retired after 40 years with the same hospital, at the age of 64. It was a personal choice. “You don’t know how much time you have.” Uncle Tom and his wife (my Aunt Janet) decided to retire and focus on mission work and do things that they didn’t have time to do while working. Aunt Janet retired 1 year after Uncle Tom retired. Health insurance was a consideration. He was able-bodied and at the top of his game professionally.
“Pharmacists never retire. They just die.” Uncle Tom used to tease me about this when I was in college. He did retire, however, which spoiled the myth he joked with me about for 20 years!
Q: What are you doing with your license now that you retired? Are you giving up being a pharmacist?
A: He is still licensed as a pharmacist. So is Aunt Janet. They volunteer as pharmacists and also spread the word of God to other parts of the world on Mission Trips with Christian Medical and Dental Association. To learn more about Christian Medical and Dental Association, visit https://cmda.org. He has been to Central America, The Gambia in Africa, and Beirut. Language barriers are a challenge.
Q: When will you give up your license?
A: No date in mind. Keeping up is more of a challenge in retirement, but not difficult.
Mentoring young people is important. You never know when time spent with a young person will have an impact. Be a positive influence.
Being able to focus and listen is important to being a pharmacist.
Q: What words of advice would you give to a young person considering a career in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences?
A: Have perseverance. Competition is a big barrier to getting into pharmacy school. Persevere, focus, and stay on the path.
In Episode 02, I talked about coaches and how they have helped me. Without help, I would not be where I am today. This episode is not a how-to lesson on getting started in voiceover. I’m just sharing my story.
My first motorcycle was a Honda Shadow VLX. Now, I drive a BMW C400X scooter.
I took the Basic Rider Course through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Some call it the “Motorcycle Ohio Program.” motorcycle.ohio.gov
I like structured programming that is organized into bite-sized chunks, experienced teachers, hands-on training, and peer support. Facebook Groups and accountability buddies are helpful.
For anyone making a career transition or learning a new skill, keep an eye on what is working and what is not. Have clear goals, and recognize when something isn’t a good fit. The right coach can really help, and it’s ok to revisit missed opportunities at a later time.
My first business coach was Sandra Wharton at the Women’s Economic Opportunity Center at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Ft. Wayne, IN. I found her on the Small Business Administration’s website in June 2017.
I starting working with Marty and Jack from the Northwest Ohio Chapter of SCORE in April 2018. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives. To learn more about the Northwest Ohio Chapter of SCORE, visit northwestohio.score.org.
I trained with a voiceover coach named Nancy Wolfson January-November 2018. To learn more about Nancy, visit braintracksaudio.com.
Jonah Rosenthal at the Global Voice Acting Academy (GVAA) helped me set up my Blue Yeti USB microphone. His Audacity webinar helped me learn how to record, edit, and produce MP3 files. David Rosenthal taught the group medical and technical narration class I took through GVAA. To learn more about GVAA, visit globalvoiceacademy.com.
To learn about Hillary Huber, visit hillaryhuber.com.
To learn more about Jeffrey Kafer, visit audiobookmentor.com.
Sean Pratt is my non-fiction audiobook narration coach. To learn more about Sean Pratt, visit seanprattpresents.com and check out his YouTube video, “So…You want to be an audiobook narrator?” https://youtu.be/NPzPi-_0Xi8
I met Dr. Erin L. Albert at the Medipreneurs Conference in April 2019. To learn more about Dr. Erin L. Albert, visit about.me/erinalbert.
Dave Jackson is my Podcasting Coach. To learn more about Dave Jackson and the School of Podcasting, visit schoolofpodcasting.com.
Joe Brookhouse got me started with Studio One. To learn more about Joe, visit voicework.me.
Don Baarns is my audio engineering coach. His webinars are titled, “Studio One Jumpstart,” “Studio One Advanced,” and “RX Jumpstart.” He runs Facebook Groups for Studio One and RX. To learn more about Don, visit redbaarnsaudio.com.
As, I transition from pharmacist to voice actor, I like to find people I trust and listen to them. I’m human, though, and I do make mistakes.
Beware the illusory truth effect (“validity effect,” “truth effect,” or the “reiteration effect”). People believe false information to be correct after repeated exposure. I like evidence-based decisions. When learning something new, find experts. Do research. Don’t make major purchases or decisions without thinking them through. It’s not a race. I’m 2.5 years into my journey, and I’m still not where I want to be.
To learn more about the Cleveland International Motorcycle Show, visit https://motorcycleshows.com/cleveland.
Welcome to the first episode of The Pharmacist’s Voice Podcast! I am making a career transition from pharmacist to voice actor. This podcast will have solo shows and interview shows.
During the solo shows, I will share my journey and what goes into making a career transition. You don’t need to be interested in pharmacy or voice acting to enjoy this show. This podcast is for anyone who enjoys a good story and likes rooting for an underdog.
In the interview shows, I will talk to a variety of people who use their voices to advocate, educate, or entertain. Some will be pharmacists. Some will be voice actors. Many will be people we can all learn from.
In this first episode, I share my story. Why am I making the change from pharmacist to voice actor? The short version...I wanted a part-time job that I could do from home using my strengths, and I found a good match with the voiceover industry.
Want the longer version? Keep reading...
My family needs me at home. When the first of my two sons was born in 2003, I stepped up and did what my family needed me to do: I became a stay-at-home Mom. For almost 17 years now, I have either worked part-time or not at all. My children are 16 and 14 years old. I love my husband, and I love my children. Being a stay-at-home Mom has definitely had its perks, but I feel a strong desire to work outside the home. I feel conflicted, and I struggle with that feeling.
Childcare and life circumstances are barriers to my working outside the home today. My husband and I have two teenaged boys: one has autism and is on the low-functioning part of the spectrum, and the other is neurotypical or “normal.” Over the years, I have been very present for my husband and both of our children.
When our older son, Kraig, was diagnosed with autism in 2005 at the age of 2.5, he needed a lot of help. He still needs a lot of help. Over the years, he has had speech therapy, occupational therapy, specially-designed school programs, private tutoring, summer schools, and more. And, we have also done our best to include our younger son, Derrick, in activities and sports and just be there for him.
Over the years, I have had several part-time pharmacist jobs. When my husband and I were both at work, nothing got done around the house. Every dual-income family has that problem. Throw in a child with autism who needs one-on-one supervision at all times, and nothing gets done around the house unless both of us are at home. And, unfortunately, finding reliable, affordable, skilled childcare is a big challenge, so being a stay-at-home Mom is a necessity.
My availability to work is complicated. I have pockets of time that I can work when the kids are at school or with my husband or with a caregiver. But I really need to get as much done as possible while the kids are away so I am 100% available when they are home and I am in charge, which is most of the time.
There’s no pity-party going on here. Life is complicated, and I am using my challenges as opportunities. I can work part-time from home using my skills and strengths. I do have some time that I can work. I can still use my training as a pharmacist to earn money…I just need to get a little creative.
My husband and I love to read, and we have loved reading to our children over the years. Even now, we still read to Kraig. He can not read, write, or speak, but, he loves it when we read to him. At first, we read picture books. Now, we read young-adult books and series, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and more. Kraig and I will be reading the Narnia series next, in case you’re interested!
Let’s talk about strengths for a minute. I love to learn, I’m inquisitive, and I love to problem-solve. I’m a self-starter, and I am great with follow-through. I may have stumbled upon the type of job Mark Twain had in mind when he wrote his famous quote, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Getting paid to read and learn? Uh…yes, please!
I love to read, and I love being a pharmacist. Put the two together, and what do you get? Well, I didn’t know at first, but it got me to the voiceover industry.
But, how did I get to the voiceover industry?
Well, not only do I love to read, but I also love audiobooks. One day, it occurred to me that it sure would be nice if pharmacist continuing education was available in audiobook format. I’d listen to that! I did some research and found that publishers don’t make their content in audio.
I found a problem I could solve, so I started my company, The Pharmacist’s Voice, in November 2017. My goal was to narrate pharmacist continuing education journals and newsletters for a fee. I was on a mission to do for pharmacist continuing education what audible did for audiobooks on amazon.com. To date, no one wants to pay for my narration service. I didn’t like the rejection, so I shifted my focus to the closest example that gave proof of concept: nonfiction audiobooks, e-learning, and medical narration. If I can build a strong presence in those voiceover niches, maybe someone will be interested. If nothing else, I’ve discovered a way to get paid.
I’m still interested in narrating pharmacist continuing education journals, so if anyone is interested, please reach me through the contact page on my website: thepharmacistsvoice.com or e-mail me directly email@example.com.
I’ll tell you more about my adventures in learning the business, technology, and performance sides of voiceover in future episodes.
And, speaking of future episodes, the next episodes of this podcast will alternate solo shows with interview shows. In the solo shows, I will talk about the type of work my business does, coaches who helped me, failures I have experienced, books that have influenced me, and more. My first four interview podcasts will feature
Tom Titkemeier, a retired pharmacist who is also my uncle. He inspired me in the 8th grade to become a pharmacist.
Harold Kinker, a retired pharmacist, who was my first boss at Walgreens in Toledo, OH.
Nate Kehlmeier, a friend I met through our volunteer work with the Wood County Opiate Task Force in Bowling Green, OH. He has been sober since 2008, and is the co-founder and CEO of the Recovery Institute of Ohio located in Sandusky, OH.
Dr. Asha Bohannon, a friend and fellow pharmacist entrepreneur, who I met in April 2018 at the Medipreneurs Conference in Asheville, NC.
I hope you’ll join me next time! I plan to publish one episode per week starting in January 2020.
Thank you for listening to the very first episode of The Pharmacist’s Voice Podcast! Please visit www.thepharmacistsvoice.com to subscribe and read the show notes.
Will I succeed in the voiceover industry? Subscribe, and find out!
Join Ohio pharmacist Kim Newlove on her journey to become a voice actor. Episodes include a mix of solo podcasts about Kim’s personal transformation and interviews with a variety of people who use their voices to advocate, educate, or entertain. This podcast is intended for anyone who enjoys a good story and likes rooting for an underdog. Will Kim succeed in the voiceover industry? Subscribe, and find out!