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Recognizing The Difference

Posted 1:54 pm by David Bourgeois

Voice Coaches has the opportunity to work with a Television star who knows that voice acting & voice over training require some unique skills!

When our Administrative Director Kristen told me that I had a message from a John James, my reaction was something like, “imagine if it was the guy from Dynasty!” … turns out that it was!

From 1981 through 1989, Dynasty garnered serious ratings success as an ABC prime time soap. One of the leading characters, Jeff Colby, was played by actor John James.

When we met with John, he explained, like many of our voice over training clients, that he had always wanted to do voice over work. The thing that I found interesting was that John had approached us at Voice Coaches because he clearly recognized that there was a significant difference between the skill he had built as an actor, compared to the skill set needed to perform as a voice actor. He conveyed that he had many folks, including an agent, simply try to set him up someplace to make a demo. But he felt that it made no sense to make a demo prior to going trough specific voice over training. That’s what brought him to us.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with John, largely because he so highly valued the learning experience. As a very successful actor, it would have been very easy for him to come in with a “you can’t teach me anything” attitude. Instead, John was one of the most hungry-to-learn students we’ve worked with this year.

Through my educational and professional production endeavors, I have repeatedly met both types of people… the “you can’t teach me anything” folks, and the “I can’t wait to learn” folks.

My humble opinion… when you find yourself thinking you’re the king of everyone around you, it’s time to find some new folks to spend time around!

Listen to John’s demo on the “hear” page of our site.

Best Regards!

David at Voice Coaches

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