Melissa Thom, Founder & Director, Brava



Melissa Thom speaks to The Industry Leaders about her work and what she's learned on her entrepreneurial journey.


What's Your Story?


My name is Melissa Thom, professional voice actor and Founder of the Bristol Academy of Voice Acting (BRAVA). Here at BRAVA we offer personalized training in the art and business of voiceover, presentation, and communication skills.


BRAVA is aimed at professionals from the areas of broadcast, digital, corporate, and beyond, who are interested in adding voice acting to their skillset, or improving their presenting and communication skills.



What Best Describes You?

  • I'm an ambitious career-professional

  • I want my business to get noticed online

  • I want to build my personal brand



You can travel back in time to Day 1 of your business or career - what advice would you give to younger-you, knowing what you know now?


It can take time to really get into your stride and find your professional calling. Book the ticket, enjoy the journey and buckle up for the ride!



What one book or podcast changed your life?


There are too many to mention individually, but the very best audiobook for me by a country mile is the Beastie Boys audiobook.


As a child of the '80s I was right back there with them, trying to record songs off the radio, or attempting to unravel a tangled tape with my own badly recorded mix on, even though I grew up a long way from NYC in the darkest wilds of Devon.


The audiobook is a work of art. I've never heard anything to match the production or narration since.


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