Seize the Day

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Robin Williams…funny, one-of-a-kind, voice talent extraordinaire. How blessed we were to be inspired by his words and acting.

Happy Left Handed Day!

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Looking for a left handed voiceover? Hand raised here! My left hand that is. Something tells me the difference won’t be audible but be assured I clicked the mouse to edit the script that I placed on the copy stand after opening the door to my Whisper Room with my left hand.

Left handed, too? Enjoy!

Lefty’s Left Hand Store

Left Hand Advantages

Left vs. Right

Such a Tease

Word Crimes or Blurred Lines?

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My college minor was Journalism. I remember paper after paper sent back to me covered with red pencil corrections. So much so that I was sure my professors had it out for me. All these years later, it’s occurred to me they did. They had it out for me to learn and develop outside my comfort zone. Their goal was to take any raw talent they saw and make it better. Those are the people that usually make a difference in our journey. Right?

In voiceover, I face grammar issues everyday. Voicing a well written script is a pleasure. The not so well written ones? I just hunker down and do the job. Sometimes that means searching for multiple places to take a breath within a fifty-plus word sentence or going back to my customer with a few suggestions on how the heavy laden piece of copy can be whittled down, rephrased, broken up or transmogrified. How many breaths did it take you to read that?

The scenario might have begun when a script that was originally meant for a reader-based audience failed to become viewer or listener-friendly. We don’t normally talk in a grammatically correct manner. Writing conversationally still requires the proper tense, pronouns and syntax but it needs finesse. Grammar lines get blurred.

Lin Parkin addressed this conundrum not long ago. Her article, Transforming Educational Text into Conversational Scripts arms audio/video script writers with suggestions such as using more contractions, simplifying sentences and actually reading through the script aloud. These hit the mark.

Decades ago, School House Rock familiarized pupils with adjectives, verbs, conjunctions and nouns. I’m certain those clever cartoons and songs came in handy for many test takers. Today’s audiences have a new teacher. Weird Al Yankovic chastises his grammar offending, texting-obsessed audience with another ingenious tune. Guilty? Hand raised here.

Rage Against Ratchet

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It takes courage to swim against the tide of societal norms. It takes love to protect what’s precious. Grammy award-winning songwriter, producer and father Carvin Haggins has decided to do both. Rage Against the Ratchet is his way of saying enough is enough when it comes to what’s playing on the radio.

“[T]he songs that I’m hearing are disrespectful,” he says. “They’re degrading. They’re—they’re just tearing our children down. It’s over-sexed—it’s just super lawless. And as a concerned parent, as a concerned creator, as a—as a concerned person just listening to the music, I feel like it—something has to be done to stop radio from what they’re doing right now.”

Companies pay millions to advertise their message via sound and video yet arguments are made that songs and music videos don’t influence decisions in a destructive manner. The banner of free speech and fear of censorship have usurped common-sense thinking. It’s one of those scratch my head kind of rationalizations.

Organizations such as The Media Literacy Project have been saying this for years. They insist that we can’t have it both ways. “We don’t like to admit it, but all of us are affected by advertising, news, movies, pop music, video games, and other forms of media. While fantasy can be pleasurable and entertaining, it can also be harmful. Movies, TV shows, and music videos sometimes inspire people to do things that are unwise, anti-social, or even dangerous. At other times, media can inspire our imagination.”

Mr. Carvins sees the correlation between hearing/seeing and doing. Especially for young children. When you have a moment, listen to what he has to say. Sounds like truth to me.

A Patriotic Recovery

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Most of the flubs I make while voicing projects are quickly cleaned up and deleted. Unfortunately, those performing live don’t have that luxury. Kudos to the young man below who shows us how to recover with class. Happy 4th!

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