Made Over With A Voiceover

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Last Thanksgiving, I decided to do something I’d wanted to do for years; I had some voiceover coaching.

Ever since I, newly arrived in the US, had to listen to a woman trying to add a certain British something to an independent film distributor announcement, I’ve wanted to do voiceovers.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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?

Hello Kevin!

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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Kevin Delaney April 12, 2010 at 1:26 am

Hello Alison! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m happy that you enjoyed our session!

For the record, I was *not* tortured at any point listening to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ You are a joy to work with, and you have a marvelous way of speaking that is both engaging and pleasant.

Why not include an audio clip or two of some of your VO?

Best,
Kevin

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alisongolden April 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Ha-ha! Well, I felt for you even if you didn’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s a good idea about the audio, hadn’t thought of that.

And while we’re on the subject, it seems to me, based on my experience, that there’s potential for VO coaching to be offered as a way of developing life skills in confidence, projection and success development. It certainly took me out of my comfort zone in a way that was unexpected and put me on a high for some time! What do you think? – Alison

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