If you answered „yes“, you have a problem. But it’s solvable. You only need to be honest with yourself and ask yourself: What nice thing could I do the next person I'll meet?
Examples of being nice to people
- Greet people in your neighborhood although you never greeted them before. And if you greeted them, don’t expect anything in return.
- Greet first, don’t wait for a greeting of the other person. It may not happen at all.
- Smile when you’re greeting strangers.
If you struggle to be nice to people, that’s maybe an issue you have with yourself or towards the world. But if you’re not sure whether you actually treat people in a nice way (because you think you do), I have a question that may help you find an answer.
Yes or no: Would you be nicer to people today if you knew you were going to die tomorrow?
If „no“ is your answer, you’re good.
Can you be nicer today? One question can make you be
Voiceover is a people industry. Though much of your time is happening solo in the booth, it’s about stories told by people (through voice) for people to connect with things and people.
It’s so much about people that being nice to each other is a no-brainer. In theory, it is, in practice as well?
So, why not use self-direction when making important decisions? Like an investment in your carer (a new piece of hardware, a course, a membership) or that expensive luxury item you’ve been daydreaming about for ages. Say out loud what you think and then listen to how it sounds. Alternatively, if you’re in an environment where speaking is not the best idea, use your writing skills and write it all out. The key is the release and review your thoughts - written or spoken but not only thought.
Now, why is speaking out loud not a thing you’d apply to other parts of your life? Think about moments when you’re so caught in your thoughts that saying them loud would actually relieve you from the thought process. I believe it makes thinking easier and kills the thought loops that constant thinking can create.
Self-direction helps you make better decisions!
Self-direction is a practice in voiceover for those artists who record on their own. It’s common. But how you actually apply self-direction is different for every artist.
Personally, I say out loud having a dialogue with myself. An outside person would be inclined to send me directly to a mental hospital but those who self-direct probably know what I mean.
Summary for TL;DR: Learn to write, speak and bodily present properly to communicate clearly and effectively
4. Then learn to use your body to communicate clearly and effectively (vlogging or any kind of regular video show of yours is a great way to practice that)
3+1 Steps to improve your communication (and your marketing)
1. Learn to write clearly and effectively (blog posts are great for that)
2. Then learn to speak clearly and effectively (podcasting is a great way to do that)
3. Merge how you write and speak so you start speaking in one voice (the concept is described here in more depth https://seanwes.com/tv/079-how-to-get-better-at-writing-find-your-hybrid-voice/)
Trying, not omission of trying, makes you wise. The mean to trial is the experiment. The attempt is the basic tool of modern times.
via Nadine Nobile on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6403487385694269440
Versuch, nicht Unterlassung macht klug. Das Mittel dazu ist das Experiment. Der Versuch ist das Grundwerkzeug der Moderne.
With a little feature of Abi Philipps baked right into it because one who says „Hi“ gets a shout out back ;) - and Mr. Joe Cipriano has a special appearance in the short film as well, easily one of my favorite encounters in the VO world so far.
I know there are many more great people in the industry - wanna meet them all :)
Identity research is a crucial part of my voiceover work because of creating and embodying characters. They are independent and sovereign human entities and therefore deserve a life on their own.
One free course I found is provided by the Open University: Understanding Identity. It's on an introductory level, so it’s easy to follow the material. Plus, you can read the transcript while listening to the audio and make notes yourself.
The easiest way I can think of to prevent issues with your feet is walking barefoot outside. Not only can you enjoy the sunny weather (if it's fine at your place) but also can you challenge your feet because these little stones you have on sandy paths are a peeling for your feet.
If the weather is shitty or it’s winter, get a trampoline or a balance board and stand and jump there on one foot. There’s more but for now, barefoot-walking when sunny and trampoline-jumping when shitty should be fine
Give your feet the peeling they deserve
It’s common for a voiceover to stand while recording, sometimes for hours. Though you enjoy the performance your feet have to do hard work, and it’s easy to forget how important they are (if you had a leg injury and needed an operation you know what I mean).
Not only do you stand on your feet. They also balance your posture and make sure you’re stable. If your feet are out of balance, mal-shaped or untrained it affects your whole body.
MacBook Air works faster than MacBook Pro for simple tasks
Overall working speed for voiceover recording, writing copy (script) and internet research (browser) for character creation feels better on a MacBook Air (2012) compared to the MacBook Pro I bought a year ago.
Correction: "A rigid conviction..." not a "A riding conviction..." ;)
The moral/lesson: Contract and release and always give room after you set your own boundaries. This essentially means that every once in a while you should question your actions and behavior. If something has turned into a rigid conviction maybe it’s time to liquefy or soften it a bit. There’s a reason why 70 or 80 percent of our bodies consist of water. A riding conviction simply doesn’t feel natural to a body that is longing for liquidity.
When geographically separated, both are now longer under the dietary influence of the other (without imposing their respective diet on the other) but they have their own space and can reflect on what kind of diet they want, healthy-wise, ethically or for joy. Then, it can happen the person on a veggie diet starts eating meat or the person on a regular diet tries eating more veggie food.