Putting the Mouth to Work

I have always been interested in voice acting.  Even today, I marvel at the pros who can have conversations with themselves.  Growing up with a healthy dose of Mel Blanc probably helped as well.

I never really pursued it, though.  I was content to pepper my conversations with occasional impressions, voice-changes, and really bad accents, much to the amusement (and annoyance) of all.  I know at least one person who is sick of my rendition of Darth Vader’s “I find your lack of faith disturbing” line from Star Wars.

During a rough patch when I worked jobs where I was dealing with The General Public, (shudder) I started to get compliments on my voice.  The first time was when I was working at Best Buy in Corpus Christi.  While working at a call center a few months later, I would get the occasional compliment on my voice.  While working at the call center, I did notice that I would occasionally lapse into what I called my “phone voice.”  Despite the occasional praise, though, I never pursued it further, though I would occasionally think, “that would be a fun thing to do.”

I pretty much sat on that idea until fairly recently.  At Mizuumi-com I saw two panels that inspired me to get off my rear and start pursuing a career in voice work:  Kevin M. Connolly gave a good talk on the expectations one should have in doing voice work and Chris Holm gave a good “get off your ass and DO something” session (that wasn’t the title, but it sums up the message pretty neatly).

Thus, I have started volunteering my voice to Librivox.org, reading short works to start off, and we’ll see where it goes from there!

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