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Voice Coaches Radio #588 – What If I’m Uncomfortable?

Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. Welcome to a brand new episode of Voice Coaches Radio. Uh, this one happened to drop just about a week or so away from a very big birthday for me. I don't know exactly what I'm going to do for this birthday. But, uh, I guess I should probably celebrate big. You know, you know it's big when your grandmother is like...

You should travel more. Uh, so you know because she's like don't miss out on life. Uh, but whatever I'm just gonna keep going with the fact that you know what they said when I was little is right It's like you're only as old as you feel and there are some days that yeah, I feel like I am Just about 40, and then there's other days where I just keep going with the fact that, yeah, they keep checking my ID, and that's a good thing.

Uh, so, whatever. Uh, but listen, I hope that you're enjoying yourself this summer. It's been a little weird. I know if you're on the East Coast, uh, I guess we're experiencing, or we have been, what they experience a lot in California with the wildfires, and that is the, the weird haze and the smokiness in the air from the Canadian wildfires.

It's been really crazy. Um, you know, in Upstate, Little different from Syracuse, which is closer to Canada. I mean, there. Their pilots were only seeing, like, a mile in front of them. Uh, they were not allowed to go outdoors. If they were, they had to put masks on and, like, a lot of events were cancelled, including, like, baseball games, any outdoor activities.

Chris Stapleton even, you know, went and postponed his show because he's like, Yeah, this is ridiculous. Um, so, I'm hoping by now it's kind of clearing up in a lot of places, but it has been a very interesting, uh, life. situation that we are going through here on this side of the world. But, uh, you know, I was, uh, teaching earlier in the week, and I had a question pop up, and this is something that I've actually experienced for myself.

Lloyda happened to be like, well, you know, what happens if I get hired for a project, and I realize I'm uncomfortable with the material? I, I mean, truthfully, I don't know if you are going to... Get into a project and have that come up. I think that, you know, 9. 5 times out of 10. You know, you have auditioned for something.

You're the one who kind of scattered out the gig, or somebody has brought it to you. You at least kind of know what the situation is that you're walking into. I don't think anybody really gets hired for something and you don't know what you're about to do. Like, you might not know the script, per se, but you should at least understand the project you've been hired for and what it entails.

Um, so, I'm not quite sure that it's going to be some gigantic hurdle that you're gonna have to jump. Maybe, could it happen at some point? Possibly. If that becomes a situation, I think that, you know, I mean, for me, I think I would just have to try to push through it. Uh, you know, depending on the subject matter.

It, it might be a struggle bus, but it might be one of those situations where it's like, oh crap, what did I get myself into? You know, you can't really, Say no then, at that point, you're already in the studio, you're already doing the work, maybe a chunk of it's already done and now it's like you get to this one spot and it's like, ooh, uh, I didn't realize this was going to happen, but here we are.

You know, I think it's, it is a push through. Um, maybe you say something, you know, I'm feeling a little uncomfortable with the subject matter or whatever, but you know, I'm going to do my best, but you know, in order to stay in good standing, I think in those very rare cases, you might just have to push through it.

But 9. 5 times out of 10, Let's be serious. You are going in and you know what the audition is about. Like, you know the company. You, you maybe have a little bit of the audition script. So you know what you are at least doing in that moment. You know what the genre is. You may know what the, the audio book itself might be or whatever the, you know, project is going to be.

So I don't necessarily see this becoming an issue. Now, I will say this, there might be situations like I had. Where you think that, yeah, I'll be able to tackle that, no problem. And then you get ready to audition for something, and you're like... Oh my god, I am a 12 year old, uh, like you just can't get through the material, uh, so I was in this process about a year and a half ago when I had a lot more extra time than I do now, and I was going through a whole bunch of audiobook scripts, and just, I wanted to audition for a ton of stuff because I just wanted to, one, audition more, and two, you know, potentially line up some work to, to get paid for, and I was just, you know, going through them one by one by one, and next thing you know, I got to this, we'll call it, um, an adult novel, like a more erotic, like, romantic novel, right?

And, and the first couple lines, that was solid. Uh, and then, The word nipple came up, and I just, I don't, I mean, it's happening to you right now, isn't it? Like, all of a sudden you're like, hee hee, and uh, it's just, I, I don't know. I, I mean, I don't want to say I'm a prude by any means, uh, but I do think, like, you know, sometimes mentally, I...

Might still be in junior high. I'm not sure, uh, you know, it's just, sometimes you're okay with some material and sometimes you are not. Some people are just meant to go ahead and read Fifty Shades of Grey out loud, you know what I mean? Uh, I'm not that person and I know that about myself now after that situation.

Uh, it's kinda like you, you learn, maybe... Medical stuff is not what you should be doing if you don't have the background in it to go ahead and pronounce some of those things, uh, you know, like, uh, Allobarbadensis, or, you know, maybe you're out there throwing out the words Rheumatoid Arthritis, or, I don't know, I'm starting to sound real New York, I know, as I'm saying these, which is also why I should not do medical pieces.

Uh, you know, I just, you learn certain things about yourself. Um, and, so, You know, what it comes down to in so many ways, I think, is that if you are going through an audition script, you know a general idea about what it is you are potentially getting hired for. You know, it's, there's two things that could happen.

I mean, one, you might find out just from that itself that, you know what, maybe I shouldn't audition for this. Or, two, You know what? This could lean in a direction that I'm not comfortable with and I think I need to find out more information. Don't be scared to ask questions. The worst thing that can happen is nobody gets back to you.

You know what I mean? I don't think anybody's gonna be upset if you go and ask a couple questions like, Hey! Is this going to get a little risque, you know, maybe I'm not comfortable with this and I just want to make sure that, you know, I don't get hired for something, you know, that if anything, I mean, that's, that's a very respectable situation to put yourself in, um, you know, to, to let somebody know, Hey, I'm not sure.

I want to make sure that I will be comfortable. I don't want to, you know, disappoint after being hired. Um, you know, I want to stay in good standing. So. You know, when it comes to that situation, if you think that you're going to be uncomfortable with something, you know, chances are you'll be able to find out rather easily in the audition process itself, but two, never be scared to ask questions.

Um, but that's why I love when different things get popped up in class because, you know, it brings back my own memories of certain situations I've been in. Um, but, you know, it also is just good because, um, These are things that maybe I wouldn't, because I've been doing this for a minute, it's like I wouldn't necessarily think that could be a problem for somebody, you know?

But when you're starting out, you have a lot of different concerns and questions and worries and yeah, that's what this is all about here at Voice Coaches Radio. Kinda li liking to even keel your uh, anxiety as much as possible. But if you've got a question you want us to tackle [email protected], again, [email protected].

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This week on Voice Coaches Radio, Marissa had a question from a student about material and comfortability. What are the chances that you get a job and realize in recording that you’re not comfortable with the material? Can that even happen? Lets discuss.