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Voice Coaches Radio #602 – Awaiting Approval

Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. Welcome to a brand new episode of Voice Coaches Radio. My name is Marissa as we enter into our final day of summer. Slipped right through our fingers, I'm telling you. And, uh, I hate to see it go because it's like my favorite season of the whole dang year and then here we are But not to sound like a teacher though.

I am kind of teacher coach. Uh, what was your favorite memory this summer? Like what was some beautiful time that you spent doing something that you love? Uh, you know, I I think it's always good to take that time to look back and kind of reflect I mean like I got to go and hang out at my friend's Uh, house that's right on the beach in Plymouth for a couple days.

Beautiful view. Uh, I got to just a couple weeks ago, had the opportunity, uh, you know, you're gonna see a lot of things happen in Boston. Uh, but I did, I had the opportunity for a little day trip to go to Boston. See, that's the beauty of the flexibility of voiceover, right? Because it was the random Wednesday, and there was a meet and greet.

As a Celtics fan, I was so excited. Uh, it's, uh, Peyton Pritchard, which that name might not resonate. To a lot of people just yet, but he's made some, some good moves the last couple of years on the Celtics helping during the playoffs, great jump shot. And, uh, with some of the moves they made this year, uh, you know, he's got some, some great opportunity, I think this season.

So I was excited for that. And, uh, you know, I, I did, you know, spent my birthday in Boston to, um, got to hang out with some friends. Uh, it's always good to be able to take that time and just, you know, just kind of catch up. Because it's like I don't get there all the time, though I know right now it kind of seems like I've gotten there a lot, and I guess I didn't realize how much, but, uh, hope that the summer did treat you well, and, uh, that, you know, you're getting ready for whatever fall's about to bring, uh, you know, everything's in stores right now, whether you want to celebrate Halloween or Christmas, so, you know, here we are, uh, I, uh, I was thinking about this, because actually my friend that lives in Plymouth, She's the one who happens to work for this video company, uh, you know, video production company in, in the Boston area.

And she's the one who has been, you know, really. helping me get some additional voice work with some ease, right? This goes back to those relationships that you make that are so very important because, you know, everybody in life can kind of lean on each other. Don't over, uh, abuse that, uh, but, you know, if you're working together rather than...

You know, trying to see what everybody can, you know, what we can get out of everybody. You know, the working together actually ends up working sometimes in the best of ways. And that's really what a lot of the work that I've been doing has been from, uh, you know, it's these, these relationships that I've built over the course of time.

But, uh, she does a lot of video production. And, you know, what I've found out is like a lot of what I've done for her company has. Really, not even necessarily been like TV commercials or radio stuff, but it ends up being for a lot of social media ads. So whether it's on TikTok or whether it's on YouTube or Facebook or any of that, that is where You know, a lot of the video work that she has done and then utilized my voiceovers for has, uh, has been going towards, and there is a new project that I'm going to be working on with them, and I love it, too, because she was just telling me, she's like, yeah, this came down the pipeline, and my boss looked at me, and he was just like, yep, better get Marissa on the, on the phone, uh, and I'm like, cool, I just hope he keeps feeling that way, uh, extra money in my pocket, and, uh, it was with some ease, but, um, I don't even know exactly what the project is yet.

And, you know what, she couldn't even tell me because I don't think she wrote the script. But that's the thing, right? It's like, what ends up happening is that a script is written. And then what needs to happen from there is the script needs to get approved. And that's why when the question is thrown at us, From students, from people like, you know, just kind of starting in the industry of like, Can I change the script?

That short answer is no. And, and it's because you don't know all of the hoops that have already been jumped and hurdles that have been jumped to get that script to where it is currently. I know, listen, when you're getting into all this, and you go to read something and it's written in a way that... You would never, ever say it in life.

That is a mind twist. You know what I mean? Like, so many times, commercials are great examples of that. You know, it's like, you're, you know, having this big exclamation of how much you love something, and it turns out, you know what? Your taste buds really don't like it. Uh, you know, and sometimes it's just, hey, maybe it's, it's just written in, I don't know, a cooler way of what you would typically say, uh, or, or the exact opposite, you know, but they're written the way they are for a reason.

And what you always have to remember is potentially a lot of eyes have been on that to get that script to where it is. You know, there's been potentially a whole. slew of edits made on that script to get it where it is. They don't care that it doesn't feel natural for you. They just want it to sound natural for you.

You know, and that is, that is the acting that comes into play for any of this kind of stuff. You know, I, I, again, I don't know what that script is going to be. But am I gonna make it sound like, like I love whatever it is and, and, you know, these are my words and, you know, I'm, am I gonna sell the sizzle nice, as they would say?

Heck yeah, I am. Because at the end of the day, my opinion on the script or what they've written or what the product is. It does not matter one speck of life at all, uh, you know, nobody cares what I think what they care about is, is the, the, you know, creativity that I've brought to the table to make that, that spot or that, that, uh, narrative piece or whatever it might be sound, it's absolute best based on what they've provided and what they needed.

Um, so. You know, I just thought that was interesting that, you know, she's over here because I asked I'm like, hey, what what is the script, by the way, she's like, yeah, I don't know, it's but it's it's, you know, just we're just waiting on approval. And once I have it, I'll send it your way. And that's always the thing that you kind of forget, you know, is what's happening behind the scenes, right?

Like, because technically, like, as the voice actor, you are behind the scenes, But there's like that other curtain that needs to be pulled of all the hard work going into what you're about to You know put your creative to and yeah, I don't again. I don't know what it's gonna be I don't know how big of a client it is.

I don't know what it's gonna be used for I don't know if they have a specific Scientific copywriter that has written it and it really wasn't anybody at my friend's company, that it's somebody from the actual company. They're just waiting for all the red tape to be taken care of, or whatever. But that's the thing.

There's so many obstacles that go into every single piece that you could potentially voice so. Just remember. Listen, your opinion in life is valid, all right? Go ahead, say whatever you want. In this moment, when you're voicing something, just voice it. You know, maybe it's coming out super uncomfortable and it's not natural.

That's when tweaks happen, all right? But, but otherwise... They don't care if you don't feel comfy, they don't care if it's not something that would come out of your mouth. You know, it's like a dance monkey dance. Uh, go ahead and do what you're supposed to do as that voice actor and make that sound amazing.

And it just comes in practice, so keep on doing that, alright? We're going to tackle another topic coming up next week here with Voice Coaches Radio, and I hope that this finds you well. Keep being safe.

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This week on Voice Coaches Radio, Marissa is in the process of doing some voice work and knows something is coming down the pipeline, but what, exactly? It turns out, the script is awaiting approval and here’s why this is an important reminder.