Behooved to Move

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Voiceover coach Marc Cashman encourages his students to move behind the microphone as much as possible. Keeping both hands at one’s sides significantly hampers a read. When a voice talent acts out what they’re saying their voice will follow suit.

The videos below show this in two different ways. In the first, we see how Walt Disney modeled his animated characters from Alice in Wonderland after each actor’s performance. (Thanks goes to my peer Monte Bratten for the share.)

Conversely, voice actor Brian Hull seems to become each Disney or Pixar character as they sing Adele’s hit song Hello by contorting his eyes, mouth, body and expressions.

Taking this further, sociologist Amy Cuddy explains how our body language not only affects our interactions with one another but can also change our own minds. She’s uncovered some amazing information about power dynamics.

Voice actor or not, anyone is capable of performing to influence outcomes both socially and personally.

Now…how are you behooved to move?

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