Finding One's Voice by SeanMartin ()
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Remember, it's not about time! It's about durability!
:: sigh ::
That was my first, now a decade ago. I did that line for a radio spot in Indianapolis. Some producer heard it, I got a trip to LA to audition, and the rest... well, here, listen: It's history, y'know?
I've been doing voice work for ten, eleven years. Mostly cartoons, sure, but the occasional foreign film, even a smattering of porn (Most of those porn actors have the worst voices). I'm known mostly for the cartoon work, like Fred Frankenstein. My wife! My wife! -- that was a good one, even though it took me about three months to really find his voice. Oh, and six seasons of "Squiddles Under the Sea" means that kids everywhere know Ooooooo... that whale!
Like I said, I also do filmwork. The porn's the best, because it's easy money. And the fancons are amazing. All I have to do is open my mouth and say Pizza guy!, and half the women in the audience go into meltdown. Then I freak the guys out with Gee, sure is hot in here; I mean, that's from a big time girl-on-girl flick that's been a regular seller for years, and never once did they know a guy did the voice of the star.
The foreign films? Way cool stuff. The French -- man, they slam so many words in per second that it's almost impossible to keep up, while the Germans... well, you have to talk way down here for it to be a good representation. And the Chinese -- dont ask. Very tough work.
All these boxes? Notes to myself about all the characters I've played over the years. Thousands of characters, thousands of voices, everything from a neurotic spider -- The web! The web! -- to a comatose elderly woman -- Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Every single one is honed to perfection before I commit to film.
Even now, this voice you hear? This is Captain Larry Jackson, squad leader from Flamebirds 3000. Notice the deep, sonorous tones? Nothing like my real voice, which sounds like... uhm... let's see...
This? No, that's Georgette, transexual prom queen.
Hmm... Uh, this? Damn. No, that's Paul the Panther from Jungle Sagas.
Uhm... maybe... this.
No. That's... well, no matter.
Give me a minute. I'll figure it out.
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perpetualrevision () 4:09AM | Thu, 14 May 2020
Guess he should've voiced a character based on himself at some point, so he could just call up that character in his mental rolodex! Funny to think how a voice actor might lose track of his or her "real" voice!