When we’ve got questions regarding pretty much anything in life, it’s way too easy to jump online to look for answers. The danger being that what we think could be the truth might actually be influenced by search engine optimazation and astroturf manipulation. What in the world does that mean? Journalist Sharyl Attkisson challenges us to make sure the lenses from which we view truth has been polished with some effort. Otherwise, our beliefs and reactions may have consequences beyond reason.
Voiceover coach Marc Cashman encourages his students to move behind the microphone as much as possible. Keeping both hands at one’s sides significantly hampers a read. When a voice talent acts out what they’re saying their voice will follow suit.
The videos below show this in two different ways. In the first, we see how Walt Disney modeled his animated characters from Alice in Wonderland after each actor’s performance. (Thanks goes to my peer Monte Bratten for the share.)
Conversely, voice actor Brian Hull seems to become each Disney or Pixar character as they sing Adele’s hit song Hello by contorting his eyes, mouth, body and expressions.
Taking this further, sociologist Amy Cuddy explains how our body language not only affects our interactions with one another but can also change our own minds. She’s uncovered some amazing information about power dynamics.
Voice actor or not, anyone is capable of performing to influence outcomes both socially and personally.
Voiceover work never bores. It’s one of many reasons I thoroughly enjoy my career. One day I’m asked to be credible and authoritative. Another more light-hearted and upbeat. The specs for the spot below asked for a female voice like we’re all used to hearing when asking our phone for help. Dispassionate, but semi-cheerful in a robotic way. Giving just the facts without caring about emotions on the other end of the phone.