Finding the joy in work

Finding the joy in work
Voice actress Kelly Frances.

Chances are you have heard Kelly Frances' voice at one point or another ― whether listening to the radio, pulling money from an ATM or playing a video game. Her roles as a voice actress are wide and varied.

Regardless of what she is voicing, Frances said being a voice actor and working in media had given her opportunities that she would have never expected. And her job has allowed her to explore her curiosities. It has also given her a chance to be entertaining, something she says she cannot do just by being herself.

"Watching people laugh or applaud. ... I don't get to experience that as Kelly. I get to experience that as a voice actor or as whatever character I'm playing. I can be different people as a voice actor. And I can make people laugh, and I can make people sad," she said in a recent interview with The Korea Herald.

Frances has been in Korea off and on for around nine years, or maybe longer by her own admission. She first came in 2000 to teach English in Daegu after working in Japan as a model did not pan out.

But with the Korean economy not doing so well, about 10 months later she found herself back in Canada after the school she taught at went bankrupt. She left and came back to Korea a few more times, finished graduate school, taught English and volunteered in Thailand before finally settling in Korea once again, this time in media as a consultant and liaison.

She said it was a sudden decision to go into voice acting, though people had told her she had a professional and uniform voice.

"I don't know what inspired it, but I just suddenly said, 'I think I want to be a voice actor.' And yet, I didn't even know there was a voice acting profession. I had just decided I wanted to be a voice actor. I want to explore what that is," she said.

Getting work did not come quickly or easily. Frances said she left her first audition Korea in tears after failing miserably. However, she was determined. So she went home, turned on the TV and "The Simpsons" came on. While watching, she started to practice until she could successfully make one voice.

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