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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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!