*smooch* (ldy) wrote,

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The best-smelling man in the world!

Around this time last year, I got my new daily planner. There was a whole section of it devoted to goal-setting, so I decided to set a personal goal. I had a ton of work goals, but nothing personal, nothing just for me.

My personal goal? To be doing voice-over work by my birthday, 2007.

I've ALWAYS wanted to do voice overs. Even in grade school, I was the kid jumping out of her seat with her hand raised any time it came to reading aloud in class.

I'm not sure why I never did anything about it. I guess I always had too many other things going on. Well, that year, I decided to do something about it. That year, I was going to break into the wonderful world of voice overs!

Flash ahead (or less back, depending on your perspective) to my birthday: June 13th, 2007.

I hadn't done a darned thing to achieve my goal (other than write out a brief time-line). In fact, I had forgotten all about it.

I was in upstate NY for the week, struggling to help our business get back on its feet. We were completely redesigning the website, writing and recording a forty-minute teleseminar, doing mad marketing, and having our semi-annual meeting-- all in the same week. I was a nervous wreck. Too much was happening, and too much was riding on all of it. Things were out of control, hurtling downhill, and it was taking all my energy just to hold on and avoid the biggest rocks.

And suddenly it dawned on me.

I was standing in a recording studio. On my birthday. In 2007.

That's when the owner of the studio mentioned something about this not being their usual work-- their bread and butter was doing voice overs; specifically, developing voice-over talent.

My knees got a little weak. It may have been my imagination, but I could have sworn I heard the Universe cackle.

We were crazy busy with the recording, so I told him I'd call him in a day or two.

Two days later, I was back in the studio, picking up a revised copy of the teleseminar. Before I left, I cornered the owner. "Hey-- I know you have a very thorough program for developing voice talent (one which I surely could not afford)... buuuuut, how much would it cost for a down-and-dirty demo tape?"

"For the record," he said, "we don't do down and dirty demo tapes."

My heart dropped down to my ankles.

"Buuuuuuuuuut," he continued, "since you're already a client, and you seem to have some vocal training and acting experience, I could probably do one for you for studio time. Just don't let anyone know we did this for you, k?"

And that's how I ended up in a recording booth the morning of Monday, June 18, 2007.

The owner did the recording himself. He was absolutely wonderful. He provided just the right amount of vocal direction, and we were done with a dozen or so short commercial and narrative pieces in less than an hour. Honestly, I would have liked more time to prepare... but in retrospect, doing everything on the fly more fairly represents real working conditions.

As I was leaving, he took me aside. "You know, we do hundreds of these demos every year. You're one of maybe ten people who didn't go through our complete program." I was very flattered by that. Why was I so special? For whatever reason, the Universe and the studio owner had smiled upon me, and it was Good.

Why is this relevant today? Because today, I actually received my commercial and narrative voiceovers. Today, I bought my domain. Today, I'm designing my website. Today, I'm referring to my list of companies to whom I'm going to submit these suckers.

Today, I'm officially starting a new career!

Oh, and the weirdest part? I actually like listening to them! My voice! I'm amazed. I've done film, I've done radio-- heck, I even used to do bi-weekly recorded seminars for my old clients-- but I've never even remotely liked the sound of my recorded voice. Ever. And here I am, listening to these, and thinking "wow, I'd do me hire me!"

While I'm happy with the range of characterization I've got here, I know I can do more... so I've started preparing a few of my own demo scripts-- character work, dialects, etc.-- to record the next time I'm up north. Hey, maybe I can bundle my copywriting and voice talent skills to prospective employers... now there's a lucrative thought!

Anywho, it's the best news I've had to report all month :)

I just played these for Z and his friend, A. They liked them all except the ice cream one... which was "creepy" (you know, because it was me). Ironically, the studio guy and I both agree that it's probably the most marketable piece there :)


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