The Gift of You

Lisa Rice wrote this.

One of the great things about voiceover is that we each bring our own life experience to a project. No one else has taken our path, walked in our shoes or lived in our skin. Just think of it. You are one of the best gifts you can bestow upon a project.

How does this translate into voiceover success? Instead of trying to sound like someone else we can be ourselves.

If the script is calling for something mean-spirited try to remember that terrible relationship you endured. Conjure up a little hurt and use it.

How about the day you were living on top of the world? Savor it again and then use that victorious joy in your read.

Remember that lousy day you had when the weather was dreary in addition to Murphy’s Law rearing it’s ugly head? Your frustration might dampen that script up a bit.

Once you embrace this line of thinking, try taking it a step farther. We’ve all suppressed our emotions because we’re mature adults, right? Now’s the time to show off your obnoxious, wimpy, giddy, brash, immature, hysterical self. Act out these social taboos and get paid for it!

So the next time you’re tempted to sound like the other guy, don’t. Be open to direction. Read the script. Bring what only you can bring to the script. Your life experiences. Your expressions. Your voice print. The wonderful prism of unique, one-of-a-kind YOU.

I’ll close with a few encouraging quotes.

“Always be a first rate version of your self and not a second rate version of someone else.”
~ Judy Garland

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
~ A.A. Milne

“If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
~ Psalm 139:16

“Insist on yourself, never imitate. Every great person is unique.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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