We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Laya Hoffman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachael Laya, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
The most important action I have taken in parenting our 8-year-old daughter, has been to be present. To really lean in and listen to her, the best I can.
As a trauma survivor, my voice was taken from me at a young age. I turned inward and went quiet for some time. After years of therapy and work on myself, I was able to regain my strength and get back to doing what I love, telling stories on the mic. At the time as a Radio Broadcaster, and now, as a full time Voice-Over Actor and Podcast Host.
I work together, with my daughter, in both voice-over and in creating, producing and hosting our show The She Sounds Like Me Podcast. It’s the first, unscripted, child-led podcast of it’s kind for curiously conscious kids and their modern minded grownups.
Together, we tackle monster topics made small and every day I have the chance to continue to teach her that her voice matters – and that she can stand up and be heard. Building confidence, community, and genuine conversations that she will thrive from and I will cherish always.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a professional Voice Actor, it’s my job to tell the story the way creatives hear it in their minds. To capture the audiences attention and nail the emotional point, from the first word to the last. This isn’t a new interest for me, or a hobby. I have been working at this craft for over 20 years and love every element of being a solo-entrepreneur in a creative field. Telling peoples stories and conveying a message is not just a job to me, it’s an honor and privilege.
The path toward becoming a full-time Voice Actor isn’t easy either. It takes loads of training, commitment, perseverance and investment – financially, emotionally and physically. A common misconception is that if you have a “pretty voice” this could be a lucrative job for you, when in reality, that has almost nothing to do with it.
Successful Voice Actors must be able to do it all, and do it well. Using only their voice to deliver the job. Combine that skill with wearing all the hats of a small business owner – accountant, client relations, marketer, project manager, editor and more, realizing it’s not an easy gig.
As a former Marketing Executive, Project Manager, and retired DJ, my ability to multi-task and see the big picture, while staying laser focused – has served me well. My business acumen, corporate experience paired with my city street swagger has set my style apart and encouraged major brands to turn into long time clients all over the world. I’m grateful every day to tell their stories and it shows in everything I do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
These days, my lounge time interests lay mostly north of the wall. Outdoor experiences like hiking near the Roswell Mill, biking the boardwalk at Azalea Park around the Chattahoochee River or checking out the skate park at Brook Run in Dunwoody are more my speed. A motorcycle ride up to Gibbs Gardens makes for a magical day, and less crowded than the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Stroll around the shops and grab drinks at The Battery. Lunch at Coffee Love in downtown Roswell, dinner at Rumi’s Kitchen or grab a slice at Antico in Avalon are some favorites in the north ‘burbs.
Once live music comes back, I’ll spend as much time as possible supporting the best music venues in the city. So much love for Center Stage, Cadence Bank Amphitheater at Chastain and coming soon the new spot from the cool kids at Terminal West, The Eastern. I can’t wait to groove again. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to Sandy Delonga for inspiring me to get my daughter Cyla on the mic at an early age, to Allison Hare for encouraging us to develop the show and teaching us the tools to produce it.
To my Manifestation Master Jenn Mazar for shining a light on infinite possibilities. Shoutout to Atlanta Voice-Over Studio and the Voice-Over community at large for being champions of ours since the start.
And especially to my family, sisters, and husband Cliff for always having our backs. You are the secret to our success and happiness.
Shaina Leigh Photo Thank You Monday – Maily Puentes Jaksnap Photography