rabbit, rabbit, rabbit…
I believe I could live without the internet for a month if I was somewhere on an island…but then I'd be dying to tweet about all the beautiful animals and scenery I would see. I'd be aching to send a piccie via my BlackBerry to facebook and twitter. I'd be rolling on the sand in a frenzy cause I couldn't blog or podcast about my beautiful time!
Being a voice artist, I'm constantly on the net either working or looking for work, so it would be very difficult. I'd miss my cyber friends. But, if there was no need to worry about what I might be missing on the voiceover scene – I'd spend the time embroidering, drawing or painting, reading, making jewelry, exercising (would there be pubs in this fictional nightmare – errr, world…without internet) and playing games on my ipod or conversing with my hubby.
After a period of adjustment, I could survive.
After reading several excellent articles on reading and recording voiceovers, I asked myself a question — when I do a voiceover audition or gig, am I — me — reading copy, or am I a character, acting. It’s a little bit of a toughie because I’m not just reciting the copy as I see it on the page. I am acting it/ interpreting it — even if it’s a message on hold.
But, I’m also using my experience and “left brain” logical type thinking to make technical choices such as deciding what’s the heart of the message; who’s the speaker; why is she there; and who is she talking to, and finally what result am I seeking – what do I want (or what does the client want) the audience to do.
Then I have to think, where to breath so the conversation sounds natural, and where to put my emphasis.
So, maybe it’s a kind of very conscious and aware acting — making adjustments as necessary (improv classes are good for developing this skill) instead of making knee-jerk stereotypical choices.
I think this is what gives the “natural” sounding read that so many of my voice over peers excel at!
Ok, I’ve worn myself out with all of this thinking — I think I’d better go lie down!
I’ve started work on the 1st of my series of children’s audiobooks on CDs. Lots of work there, but I’m loving every minute of working on it. More details to come later.
Got a sweet tooth? Did you know there’s an M&M’s (chocolate sweets) store in New York in Times Square? Yes! Here are the piccies to prove it. It was great, I couldn’t believe there was such a store. However with a belly full of M&M peanut samples, I had to believe it!
Taking a little time off from the Voice Over world, — and in hubby’s case — the world of Osteopathy, we enjoyed a day at the Motor Show at Docklands Excel. It’s a fab way to get into a posh car, live the good life and not break the bank.
And it’s good for a couple to share each other’s interest — lots of fun!