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Voice over lesson 101

3/04/2019 at 2:50pm

Wow. I haven't written in blog form for a good... uh... 10 years? Is Blogger still a thing?

Anyway, I digress. A couple of nights ago I stumbled across an audio production assignment I did in college. I believe the assignment was to produce an NPR style interview segment. I couldn't help but laugh as I listened to it. It sounded like me, only younger of course, but I was also clearly just reading what I wrote. That's voice over lesson 101. Do not sound like you are reading! My husband who was sitting nearby at the time said, "Wow. You have come a long way since then." Very kind of him to say, since 21 year-old-me couldn't have been bothered to even edit out my flubs.

This trip down memory lane really got me thinking though. I remember very clearly sitting behind the mic in my school's studio recording this assignment. There was a certain thrill about speaking into the mic and hearing my recorded voice on tape. (Yes, folks. It was recorded onto tape back then!) I loved it so much that I volunteered to DJ for our university internet radio station. I worked for KUIW for a couple of semesters spinning classic rock. I honestly liked talking in between the songs better than playing the music. This was when the small VO fire had been lit for me. I just didn't have a name for it yet.

Next time... the time I gave my passion a name.