Far before I was a confident voice over actor…, I stood in front of my primary school-mates 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 over, 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. I 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, find inner calm, stand up straight, and put a gentle smile on. 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.