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One of my Most Embarrassing Moments

In 5th grade, I stood in front of the school and recited a line for our Christmas pageant.  My nerves got the best of me and I stuttered in front of hundreds of laughing children.  Not naturally a child who stuttered, I kept at it, confused as to why my mouth wouldn’t say the words I needed to say.  To say that was devastating at the time is an understatement.  Still, I chose the career of voice-overs, despite my 5th grade flop.

Every day, as I record for clients and auditions, I witness my innermost self, coming through the words onto the recording.  I stumble and bumble, occasionally stutter and become short of breath, get tongue tied and mostly get, what I call, “lazy mouth”.  And while it may be my first recording of the day with the excuse of not being warmed up, I am able to use the ability to articulate, or lack there-of, to identify what is going on inside, that is, what is happening in my psyche.

If I am not feeling confident, if I am insecure about a certain client’s project, if I am just not myself on any given day, it is reflected in my speech. But business does not offer us the opportunity to feel “less than”.

So, to remedy my sound, I mentally pull up my boot straps – take a deep breath, sit up straight, and put a smile into the script.  And when I listen back with pride in the end result, I wish it could have helped that little girl say her ONE line for the school play.  But as it turned out, she kicked ass at the science fair.

6 responses to “How I Have Confidence, Even If I’m Not Feeling It”

  1. […] dear home office.”  Leave it to me!  Thankfully, I was not mortified like I was in Grade 5, in front of hundreds of laughing kids, while I said “pee, pee, pee…” trying to spit out the word, […]

  2. Teresa says:

    I laughed out loud with the last sentence.

  3. Kam says:

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

  4. […] a GREAT microphone, a quiet recording space, a strong immune system, a sense of humo(u)r, confidence, a load of patience, and the ability to check email on a tropical […]

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