Last Thanksgiving, I decided to do something I’d wanted to do for years; I had some voiceover coaching.
The announcer had, in fact, a mid-Atlantic accent – English with overtones of American – and obviously had been hired by people who didn’t know the difference so I thought to myself, “I can do better than that,” and a dream of mine was born.
Of course, the closest I’ve come to doing voiceovers in the years since is reading a picture book out loud to a class of kindergarteners but the thought never went away. I love expressing myself through my voice – I talk a lot when given the chance, I like to do public speaking and to sing when I’m alone in the house.
But that’s it.
Eventually after many years, I found myself at Kevin Delaney’s blog; he’s an LA-based voiceover talent and coach and on Thanksgiving Day he and I hooked up on Skype.
Now bear in mind, I have never done anything like this before.
I am so not-Hollywood, it’s ridiculous; I am a surburban mom of two.
But I like to think I am quietly outrageous 😉
At least in my head.
So I decided to live a little and play with this idea.
OMG, it was the most fun I’ve had in years.
Parts of me that hadn’t existed before that day sprung to life. Voicing the bank commercial wasn’t too much of a stretch but the segway for Paris and Nicky Hilton’s show was torture.
I had to imagine that the Hilton’s shopping trip down Rodeo Drive was world news.
That was how I was going to “speak” to the audience.
Now, I barely knew who these two girls were, let alone project their shopping escapades up there with Obama’s healthcare plan.
Poor Kevin had his patience tested but he hung in there with me.
We gave up with me trying to sound excited and had me do a superior, cut-glass English accent instead, the kind that I use when I have to complain about something (never fails) and that added a certain whimsy to the whole experience.
It was fun and took me out of my comfort zone.
I have never wanted to act on stage but doing voiceovers is, I imagine, like acting for radio and therefore perhaps for introverts like me.
Whatever, it was great fun and I look forward to doing it again soon and maybe going further with it, who knows?
Have you ever gone out of your comfort zone? Done anything outrageous? And loved it? Let me know in the comments!
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