So much of what I read on a daily basis really resonates with me. And I can get quite caught-up in identifying with what the writer has written. I ponder their particular views, what they experience, how they feel about what they experience, how they use those experiences, not to mention others’ responses to those feelings and/or experiences. Phew!
Needless to say, there’s a lot to get caught-up in. So my Debby Barnes Voice-Over Rah-Rah! always has a reason to be cheering for someone who's got something meaningful to say. There’s much to be gleaned from someone else’s life, their stories, thoughts, feelings and experiences. Let’s face it, a unique perspective can be really helpful. And it's a bonus when they offer sound advice as well. Take Otishia "Ms. Tish" Emmens for example. I really dig her VO Kryptonite article that Voices.com’s CMO Stephanie Ciccarelli comments about and graciously showcases through the site's VOX Daily.
As Voice-Over professionals, we have to be all about our reads and expressing them in a unique way, so I'm sure we can all appreciate Ms. Tishs' helpful hints. Getting tongue-tied and tripping over words while you're reading a script is a downright Kryptonic nuisance. So she encourages us to keep this at bay by reading out-loud every day. And she suggests being creative while we do it. She’s also a real advocate for changing-it-up by volunteering to read for the blind or for literacy programs. I particularly love Ms. Tish's line: “Just as Superman's goals were to save innocent people from the evil of the world, the voice over's job is to be just as diverse in rendering their voice to heal, educate and entertain.” As a Voice-Over Talent myself, I’m a big proponent of reading-out-loud on a daily basis in order to hone my craft. And I look forward to volunteering my voice in some capacity as well.
Yeah, I agree with Ms. Tish: "If we aren’t practicing, we’re not perfecting!" So Ms. Tish and Voices.com’s Stephanie Ciccarelli are getting a Debby Barnes Voice-Over Rah-Rah! from this ‘cheerleader’.
Ms. Tish: "Keep the Kryptonite away. Read every day."