Hi, my name is Nelson May and I am the voice of The Ten Minute Relaxation CD. You may be wondering how I got into making the CD. Well, like almost everything, it was totally by accident. I am a successful national voice actor who also works on Film and TV commercials as crew. I have also been a radio DJ, taught public speaking at Duke University, and am I Microbiology major. So what does that have to do with me getting into making relaxation CDs?
Well I have a very soothing voice, am very charismatic and have a working knowledge of psychology and physiology.
Ten years ago I started making personalized positive affirmation CDs for friends. More people started to ask for the CDs. I knew I was on to something, but my friends were also suggesting a relaxation CD. Plus there are not enough hours in the day to make everyone a personalized CD. In my acting classes we always warmed up by doing relaxation techniques narrated by the instructor. And yes, they worked! Later, I went ahead and wrote a script to relax students that I tutored. As all artists do, we take a break from the arts and get a “real job”. This one was horrible. I was traveling constantly. I was sitting on a plane looking for a way out. Then the idea of a ten-minute relaxation CD popped into my head. I wrote the script, but 86’ed it because I thought it was too short compared to the longer CDs on the market. I kept hearing people say, “Man, I wished I just had ten minutes to relax. Just ten minutes to myself!”
I left the corporation and went back into voice acting. I still did radio, TV and film work. As I was rushing home to take a shower to go onto the next gig, I kept saying to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great to plop down into the recliner and relax for just ten minutes?” LIGHT BULB MOMENT! I already had the script! All I had to do was record it onto a CD. It worked! It also worked for my friends. Someone suggested adding positive affirmations to the audio. So I did. It worked so well I had it professionally mastered in a recording studio and started selling them on a website. I sold a good bit to individuals and companies as well as hospitals promoting relaxation to smoking cessation (quitting). Years later I was so busy with film and voice that I closed up shop.
A few years later, I was looking for something to do that would help people (and make some pocket change). A friend asked, “What did you do with all those relaxation CDs and audio files? Why don’t you make them available as MP3 downloads?” ANOTHER LIGHT BULB MOMENT! When I was selling CDs, MP3s barley existed let alone for downloading. I work at a radio station where we get a lot of independent artist’s promotional CDs with the CD baby logo. I called CD Baby with my idea and they said come on board. So here I am. Try The Ten Minute Relaxation CD. It works! Take the .MP3 or CD to work, (what every you do, don’t listen to it while you are driving or operating machinery) take a break from the hustle and bustle, and start the rest of your day and the rest of your life.