Lately, I've decided that I'm going to finally follow my dreams, and one of them was to learn how to be a voice over artist. Now, I don't believe in doing anything without at first finding out how to do it properly, so I asked the friends I have in the business how they started. (Always a good place to start.) They sent me to Melissa Altro, a voice coach. I very quickly learned that there is more to this than meets the eye. I did some training with her, and I did one of her workshops where I got to play in a sound booth, and I very quickly learned that this was something I loved doing. I worked on my strengths as a performer- which leans towards younger characters, moms, and quirky sounds. I learned about sound play, and how to do sound effects with my voice (exertions, puking, falls, fights, etc.), and then I started working on the scripts for my demo.
As a writer, I thought that this would be the easy part. I could easily write up a bunch of mini scenes I could play and boom! I'd have a demo. Not so much. I wrote too much. Where I should have done moments to play, I wrote actual scene work, more like mini monologues. Thank god Melissa helped me out so I could fix it all up. We worked it all out, and the end result had me in a sound booth, headphones on, facing the mic, with my three kids in the control booth watching their mom be a troll, puppy, mother, teen space hero, and nervous little girlie. I think watching their reactions helped me see that I was on the right track. If they were laughing and smiling, I had to be doing something right.
Now, I have my demo, (which can be heard here on soundcloud, or through the youtube link below) and just like with writing, it's about getting this recording into the right hands. Whose those will be, I have yet to find out, but I know I've taken my first steps towards something awesome.