About Mara

Hello and welcome!
I’m a voice actor, writer, and musician based in Durham, NC. Professional voice talent, available locally (Triangle, NC) or remotely (home studio, Source-Connect). Currently making noise in the punk group Cold Cream. Voice actor with SoundTrax, and volunteer with NC Reading Service, a nonprofit that broadcasts narration of periodicals to people with visual or print impairments. Blogger and creative workshop facilitator for Artist Soapbox. Writer for the Soapbox Audio Collective, currently at work on the serial audio drama JESUS PANCAKE. See below for ASBX resource links.

Recent Creative Residencies:
Drop Forge & Tool; Hudson, NY (March 2019)
Turkey Land Cove Foundation; Edgartown, MA (April/May 2019)

Recent Podcasts
ASBX Episode 146: “You are here. Navigating your creative journey thru the pandemic.”
ASBX Episode 147: “Overcoming creative inertia”

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Blog posts and podcast episode about the Creative Accountability Group:

  1. Take your work seriously: put Creative Resistance on notice!
  2. Better Together: A Creative Accountability Group debrief with Mara and Tamara
  3. Ask WHY to create opportunities for compassion
  4. Map your dreams

Blog posts about creativity resources:

  1. Cleaning house: Making space for creativity
  2. Nourish your creative self: Give your creative self a lift with something beautiful
  3. The importance of physical practice: Get out of your head and into your body
  4. Community Building
  5. Preparing for a creative residency
  6. Processing a milestone

Blog posts about creative obstructions that present themselves when you’re on your creative path:

  1. Impostor Syndrome: Who do I think I am? Why even try?
  2. Perfectionism: I’m so afraid that my creation will not be perfect that I never actually do it.
  3. Comparison: I’ll never be as good as that person. I should probably quit.
  4. Distraction: I’ve convinced myself that all these other things have priority over my creativity.
  5. Reclaiming creative identity after a loss
  6. The Creative Vacuum