Friday, October 10, 2014

Don't Call Me That


I have had this discussion with others in the voiceover world. On occasion it has turned in to an argument that I probably didn't win. Here it comes. How dare you call me a voice actor. Now, there it is, my argument starter. It's my opinion. So let's call it a draw before we even start the argument. If you are interested, read on.

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I never wanted to be an actor. I hated being on stage taking on the persona of someone else. That's because I am me and I can be no one else. That's also why when I was a youngster I always wanted to be a radio personality. And, I did that for 22 years. The fact that I don't refer to myself as a voice actor probably riles a lot of people and probably limits my marketability as a voice talent. Then again, I refer to it as my vocal niche.

Everyone has a personality and a style. Mine happens to be that of a warm and conversational guy. I love bringing my personality to a client's material. So, when I take on a project, I bring to the microphone a little bit of me, oh OK, a lot of me. Most of the time I'm a nice guy and I think that comes across in the projects I tackle. But, if you piss me off I can be an S.O.B. (some other brand). So if a potential client does tick me off or I offended them in some way, we probably never got to do a project together anyway. There are a handful, I have to admit.

So, if you ask me to be a character in a video game (highly unlikely) or commercial, I'll give it a try. If you want the character to have a personality like mine, we're “In Like Flint.” But, the actor you seek is just not in me.