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With Positive Vibes, Penny Abshire Announces
Her Retirement From 'This Crazy' VO Business

March 21, 2016

(VOXtra) - If the name Penny Abshire brings a smile to you, you’ve likely met her at one of the five fabulous VOICE conferences where she was co-executive producer with James Alburger …  

Or perhaps you trained with Penny at the VoiceActing Academy, where she partnered with James …  

Or maybe you read her book, Demo and Marketing Magic for Voice Actors …  

Or you’re receiving frequent positive vibes from Penny’s ”Positive Thinkers Unite” group – which has grown to over 2,000 members.  

Well, Penny is smiling today, too, as she announces her retirement from 19 years in the voice over business - where she started at age 47.  

"I am so grateful for my friendship and partnership with James,” she says. "It has been the kind of creative union I never imagined could exist. He is an amazing, generous and talented man and I fully acknowledge how much I owe to him.... I am also blessed to have had the association of my VO students and so many other people in the industry.”  

Well, the VO industry today returns all those compliments and thank-you’s to Penny for her energy and guidance over the years.  

VoiceOverXtra, in particular, is especially grateful for the enthusiasm that Penny and James expressed for the idea of a 24/7 news and resource website for voice over – way back in 2007 at the first VOICE convention in Las Vegas. With an additional nod from Don LaFontaine and others at that convention, VoiceOverXtra launched a few months later.  


"How lucky I am to count you all as friends," Penny says of people she's met over the years.

"No matter how much money I may have made over the years in this crazy business, the friendships I developed are the real payment, and THEY are priceless beyond compare!

"I want you to know that I will miss seeing you, but please know that I don't plan to 'fall off the planet.' I'll still be on Facebook and I'll still want to hear all about your successes and your families. I will always love you."

Best wishes to Penny and her husband, Les, as they RV into retirement.

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Comments (6)
Darla Middlebrook
3/21/2016 at 8:29 PM
Penny encouraged me to pursue my dream. The positive boosts that she gave me have help me continue to strive to be a better narrator of audio books. This lady deserves all of the praise that she will get. HAPPY RETIREMENT, Penny!!
Beverly Bremers
3/21/2016 at 7:59 PM
Oh, such disappointing, yet happy news! Penny has been an inspiration & motivation to so many people over the years. She'll be missed by her students & admirers. She's the epitomy of a positive thinker.

Good luck & safe travels, Penny!

Big hugs. :-)

Greg Berg
3/21/2016 at 5:15 PM
Happy Retirement Penny,
Glad to hear of all your efforts bringing the world of voiceover to many newcomers,and the gratification of it all.\
Best wishes on your new endeavors.
Howard Ellison
3/21/2016 at 2:20 PM
All best wishes to Penny, and thanks for her great contribution, direct and indirect, to James A's The Art of Voice Acting. My booster rocket at first launch!
Judy Fossum
3/21/2016 at 2:13 PM
We'll miss you, Penny!! I can remember one of the first times I called (or perhaps emailed) the VoiceActing Academy to get some information on your classes, and boy am I glad I did! I had the privilege of studying with you and James on several occasions (classes in San Diego and tele-classes) on everything from the ABC's of voice acting and the beginning voice acting class (which I took twice) to an intermediate class to your business class. You made the classes oh so very fun and informative (and you fed us too :). I've taken away so many things from the classes. You were kind, while giving constructive criticism and suggestions, you were supportive and encouraging, but also expected nothing than the best from your students. Thank you, thank you.

You also helped me produce my first commercial voiceover demo! I remember having to do a few lines over and when I came out of the studio you had a Staples ("That Was Easy") button for me to press. Okay, it wasn't super easy, but that's okay as it takes hard work, persistence and perseverance to be able to do anything worthwhile successfully. Thank you, thank you.

Then there were the VOICE conferences. The first one I went to was in 2012 and I was blown away. I had such an awesome time (and met another voice actor from Cheyenne, WY), learned so much and have so many fond memories from them. Thank you, thank you.

Penny, your kind, positive and encouraging personality is really what is needed a lot more in other industries and in the world in general. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for so many.

Enjoy your retirement, you deserve it. All the best to you and your family. Thank you again for everything.

Judy Fossum
Doug de Nance
3/21/2016 at 2:01 PM
On to a new adventure, Penny. Congratulations. May the winds always be at your back on your new journey. Dd
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