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Voice Coaches Radio #477 – (Voice) Act Your Age

Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. And welcome to this week's edition of Voice Coaches Radio. I am Josh Heller, she is Marissa Lanczak, and we are delighted to have you joining us here today on The Pod. Marissa, thanks so much for coming on in. There was a chance I was gonna have to fly solo today, but you're bailing me out and I appreciate that.

Yeah, well, I looked at my schedule and I'm like, all of a sudden it was like, Pod with Josh. I'm like, sweet! So, it was nice. Yeah, no, we're certainly Nice little surprise. Certainly glad to have you. Certainly glad to have you. I don't know what I was gonna talk about today, but I'm When I'm by myself, it's weird.

Doing a pod by yourself is super weird because you're just talking to yourself by yourself for a while. Not that I'm uncomfortable doing that. I do that on a regular basis, but usually no one listens. Well, you know what I just did? Like, I had my final, um, When the pandemic started, I started doing Facebook trivia live.

Like, I would go on every Thursday and just, like, go live and, like, do trivia and, like, talk about things and, like, you know, it was a nice, safe place for people to be during this, like, really weird time. Uh, But yeah, that's like really just talking to yourself for like 40 minutes. Yeah, and I get tired of my own voice pretty quickly, pretty quickly.

But we all know that we have a lot to talk about today, specifically the NFL Draft last night. No, you probably don't. I do. I stayed up far too late watching the NFL Draft because... I'm a loser. That's what I do. Well, you got the sports background. It makes complete sense. I do. Yeah. And I'm a Patriots fan, so, you know, don't, understand football to save my life.

I just know there's, you know, you throw the ball and hopefully you get a touchdown at some point. I mean, you got the terminology right. Yeah, that's about it. That's, I mean, That's all I got. I mean, listen, you, you worked in Boston. You know Boston sports fans. Oh, I do. We are, uh. We're something. We're something.

I'll say that. We are something, alright. And it's funny, I tell people like, Yeah, I'm a Patriots fan. Everyone's like, Oh, Patriots. But like, in my defense, I grew up in a small little town called Sharon, Massachusetts. And the town next door to mine was Foxborough, where the Patriots used to play. I could see the, and how can you not be a Patriots fan?

I could see the lights from the stadium in my backyard in the winter. Right. Well, can I tell you, like when I moved to Boston, uh, people were like, you can't, you can't support the Red Sox. You're from New York. I'm like, well, let's, okay, let's just look at the big picture here. Right now, I live 10 minutes from Fenway.

I have always lived like three and a half hours from Yankee Stadium. So like there's a big difference. Like doesn't have a home team. No, and that's the thing you say like, well, I'm from New York, but. You're from upstate New York, so what does that mean, really? As far as sports affiliations are concerned, not in reality.

But yeah, I mean, it's so weird. And that's when I moved here. And I remember, uh, I, I was, uh, interviewed by Pete Daugherty of the Times Union as kind of like a welcome and, uh, and I was like, yeah, I'm a little nervous. You know, I'm a, I'm living in New York now. I'm a Boston sports fan. He goes, you're gonna find that it is so weirdly evenly split here between, uh, You know, for, for baseball, but there are, you know, Yankees fans, there are Mets fans, and there are a ton of Red Sox fans, too.

And it's, it's true. There's, you know, a ton of Boston fans here. Well, and the same thing goes for, like, football. It's like, we've got Giants fans, but we've got Jets fans, and we've got Bills fans, and we've got Patriots fans. Like, we have no hometown affiliate here, so just run with it. Yeah, and that's the thing.

Like, we're, like, equidistant between Boston and New York, pretty much, if not closer, um, you know, to, uh, to, to Boston. So, you know, I, I, whether, and, and When I first started rooting for the Patriots, they were terrible. In fact, when I was growing up, all Boston sports teams were just abysmal. There were some rough, rough years.

So it's been, it's been a good run for me. I'm not going to lie to you. It's been a pretty good run. Um, but, uh, but yeah, no, it was, uh, it was fun. We drafted a quarterback out of, uh, out of Alabama. Yeah, I heard about that. Roll Tide. Roll Tide! Actually, my wife's, uh, my wife's father, uh, and, and his family live in, uh, in Alabama, so they're big, uh, big Crimson Tide fans, so, uh, got that going for us, I guess.

Um, but, uh, but no, we're here to talk about voice acting, so actually, actually, before we do that, very, very, uh, wanna drop this in there because, uh, because, well, it's Friday. You know that. And, uh, it is the 30th of April. So, um, it's gonna be May. Okay. I was waiting, I was waiting to see if you threw it out there.

That was not why I decided to do that, though. No, come on. You gotta, you gotta throw some Timberlake in there. No, it let itself out. Let's do it. It's gonna be May. Um, but, no, the reason I wanted to mention this is because I want to wish a very hearty Congratulations to a friend of the pod, Sam Booty. Y'all know Sam.

Sam is getting married today. Oh, is he? Today. I had no idea. Yeah. See what happens when we're not in the office? Exactly. We miss all the things. He and his lovely fiancée Jocelyn are getting married today. So, uh, I know a lot of you listening used to, uh, used to listen religiously. I'm sure you still do.

still do, uh, when, uh, when, when Sam was on the pod and, uh, yeah, getting married today. So, uh, congratulations to Sam and to, uh, and to Jocelyn on, on their, uh, their pending nuptials today. That's great. Yeah. Right. So, uh, so congratulations to them. So that's also not what I wanted to mention that before I forgot, um, cause I do that very, very quickly.

I get off track super, super often. Uh, if you didn't notice, that's pretty much what this podcast is just me rambling. wildly. Um, but I did want to want to talk about something that, uh, we've gotten, I've gotten a couple of questions on fairly recently. And it's not really questions, they're just more clarifications.

And it had to do with the vocal age range. And it's something we talk about. It's something that we, you know, we, we, we try to figure out for people who are, you know, uh, thinking of joining the program or in the program, we talk about their, their vocal age range. And, and I, I think it does. You know, it leads to a little bit of confusion sometimes, and so I just kind of wanted to go into what it is, but also what it's not.

Maybe even more importantly, what it's not. Um, you know, as far as being a voice actor is concerned. So the vocal age range is essentially, you know, a range, oddly enough. Uh, of, you know, how, it's kind of a breadth of what your voice could kind of fall under. So, if you have, say, a 20 year vocal age range, that doesn't mean you sound like you're 20.

It means you sound like maybe you're in between the ages of 30 and 50, right? There's a 20 year range where your voice can easily and accurately fit. And, and so, that's kind of the general thought on it. But let's make one thing very, very, very, very clear. It's just a range. And it's an educated guess.

Because it's subjective. We all hear that differently. I was telling you, Marissa, that I had someone reach out to me, and this is not to call anybody out, but I had someone reach out to me and ask you know, like, is there like a machine you put it through that figures that out? No. Just my ears. Just my eardrums, which is a fine tuned machine.

That's a wonderful machine. So, you know, there's a lot going on up there. Well, the processing unit is not as good as you might think, but, uh, that's neither here nor there. But, you know, and, and so, uh, again, it, when we, when we tell people what their vocal agents, it's just to give them kind of an idea, kind of a guide of, okay, so this is probably where you're going to fit, give or take.

But it is in no way, shape, or form, you know, a hard and fast rule. There's, there's no, you know, machine telling you that. And because of that, you know, what I think your vocal age range is, may be slightly different than what you think someone's vocal age range is. Right. And you know what? It's not a limitation.

I think that's what You know, like, you know, sometimes we'll tell somebody that they do really well with Softer spoken things, right? But that doesn't mean that they can't do anything that's more on the animated side of your voice, like, right? Like, other people can be more excited, but they can also bring the tone down and be soft, and it both sounds really good.

You know, there's no limitation here. It's just a matter of, you know, exploring what your... Yeah. And again, it's just to give you kind of a, kind of a guide, just kind of a starting point. Um, you know, and, and the thing with vocal agents, we always tell people it, it, it grows. It tends to, you know, a 20 year old usually sounds like a 20 year old, not always, but usually.

Whereas, you know, a 70 year old could sound like a 70 year old or an 80 year old or 60 year old or 50 year old. I had that recently. I had, um, a gentleman who I think was like 72 or 73 and he was talking to me for the longest time. And can I tell you, I had. Absolutely no idea. I expected that I was talking to somebody that was, like, late 40s, you know, and, like, when he told me how old he was, like, my mind was blown for a minute.

And that's, that's what I've always learned based on people's reaction to me from being on the radio because they, they can't see me, right? Unless they go on social media or something, they don't see me. They just hear me. So they create this own image of who I am in their head. And for the longest time, It was actually really hilarious until people started going on social media more often.

Now, now here's the question. What, what do people think when they hear you? They thought, I, I don't know why, but it was like blonde. Kind of short, overweight, and 40. I don't know why. That's oddly specific. Yeah, exactly. And I'm the complete opposite. So, it's like, kind of funny. But people get that image in their head.

Like, that's, that's what a lot, like, that's what happens a lot with voiceover stuff. Well, that's the beauty of it. Right. You can be anybody. You can be anything. You know, and, and so it, it, it's such a subjective thing. Right? Where, what do you sound like? And I, and I talked to someone about this the other day.

Right? Um, you know. People get told, oh you have a, you have a good voice. What does that mean? Like, what, what, what, what does that mean when someone says, oh, hey Marissa, you have a good voice. What does that mean? Right. Good for what? Right. I mean, good. Is it pleasant sounding? Is it easy to the ear? Is there a good, you know, pitch or timur to it?

Like, what does that mean? It's such a random thing to say, like, I mean, it's complimentary. I mean, it's, it's flattering. That's. That's nice. They're trying to be nice, appreciated, but, but like, what does that mean? As far as what we're concerned, if someone says, Oh, you have a good voice, you could do voiceover.

What do you mean? Yeah, it differs from every person. It does. It absolutely does. I mean, you know, I, I brought this up. I was like, uh, Gilbert Godfrey, does he have a good voice? No. I mean, under any metric, you would be like, he does not have a good voice. His voice makes me hurt. And yet I couldn't picture anybody else playing Iago.

Right. Right? He's perfect for what he does. Does he have a quote unquote good voice? No! No, he does not. And that's great. That's perfect for him. That's where the limitations come in. Yeah. Well, yeah. And, but I mean, and that's the thing. I mean, there's, there's something for, for, for every type of voice. Just find, you know, where that is that you, that you fit.

And that's, again, with, with the vocal age range, it's just to give you kind of an idea. Okay. So this is about where I sound like, do you have a, and again, you know, if someone says your vocal age range is. You know, 20 years, you sound 30 to 50. And if someone else says, you, uh, your vocal age ranges, you know, uh, 15 years, you sound, you know, 35 to 50, I would take that as being the exact same thing.

The exact same thing. Now, if someone said, Hey, your vocal age ranges, you know, from 15 to 35 and be like, okay, well that's. That's, that's a bit of an outlier, right? If everyone else is saying I sound like I'm in my 40s and you think I sound like I'm 20, that's weird. That's a little weird. But you know, small changes in that and again, I've had people, people ask like, you know, which is it?

Well, it could be both just depending on who's listening, just depending on who's listening. But from your perspective, from someone's perspective, who's being told what their vocal age range is, take it with a grain of salt, take it with a grain of salt, right? Use it as a guide and nothing more. And nothing more.

Yeah, I think the most important thing is, like, Forgetting the age, per se, and thinking about what you're passionate about and like what you have a background in and interest in or experience in because that's where the read is going to shine no matter, no matter the age range, you know, like that's where you get to really stand out and, and show, show your chops.

Yeah. And I get it from, you know, from people's perspective, right? You know, you're, you're being told like, okay, well, this is, this is my vocal age range. I guess that's just what I am. I guess this is what I do. No. It's not. It's not. Not necessarily. Not necessarily. And again, it's just one person's opinion, right?

Now, if that person is me, then it's probably pretty good, but But it's just one person's opinion, right? Well, like we said, I mean, there's a lot of stuff going on up there. So much. And that's a good, that's a good machine that you've got attached to your, your neck. So much going on up there. There's so much going on.

Yeah, there's So little happening up there right now, at least on Friday morning. It's all Patriots and football, that's what's happening. It is, right now, yeah, you're not wrong. And like, did I have enough coffee yet? Oh, the answer is no. The answer is hard, hard no, as he, as he drinks this Friday morning coffee.

I, I, I swing by because we come in to do the pot every Friday morning, and I swing by and I get the, uh, the extra charge coffee because it's Friday morning. Guys, it's Friday morning. So, you know. I feel it. We're here. But, uh, but yeah, so again, you know, when it comes to that vocal age range, take it all with a grain of salt, right?

Take it, use that information, but don't let that in any way, shape, or form limit you. In fact, I would go as far as to say, don't let anything we tell you limit you. Because what we're telling you is what we think is good, but you're you. So, you know, again, this is, this is your, this is your voice, this is your career, this is your passion, this is what you want to do.

And the more you do, the more you grow. Absolutely. You can be anything. Mind blown. Happy Friday. Man, I feel, I'm gonna, I gotta do things, right? I'm gonna be motivated today. No, that's just the coffee kicking in. Yeah, yeah. Well, that's alright. That's alright. But, uh, so any questions on, on that or anything else, of course you can, uh, you can always reach on out to us.

Uh, easiest way to get in touch with the pod is Josh the Vo Josh at VoiceCoaches. com. I know my own email address. Josh at VoiceCoaches. com. Uh, it's the quickest and easiest way to get in touch. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, anything you want us to discuss, we are certainly happy to do so to get in touch with myself or Marissa.

And, uh, and again, you know, Uh, thanks so much for tuning in Marissa. I'm so glad you were able to, uh, to hop on in today. Me too. All right. Always love when they fit it in. That's right, that's right. And, uh, and I'm sure we'll have you with us, so hopefully we'll have you with us next week. Uh, and, uh, and hopefully we'll have each and every one of you listening in next week as well.

All right, so thanks so much for tuning in this week. Marissa, thanks as always. Of course. And everyone, until next time. So long everyone. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

Josh and Marissa discuss a topic of frequent questions…vocal age range. Specifically what it is, but more importantly what it isn’t. Also, how best to use that insight without letting it limit you.