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Voice Coaches Radio #610 – The Pressure Builds

Voice coaches, radio, everything voiceover. Welcome to a new episode of voice coaches, radio finding us mid November. And, uh, you know, a whole lot going on in the world as we get a little closer to the end of 2023, which is just crazy. Wasn't it just 2017, you know, wasn't it just the pandemic like that?

felt forever. We know. Well, we remember that. Uh, but, um, you know, a little good news in, in action in the news right now. Um, and, and I'm hoping this plays, uh, highly into voiceover itself, but I, I think because there's been so many issues. With AI technology that yeah, it was just a matter of time before the government went and stepped in.

So Biden has been teasing this forthcoming executive order on AI technology, uh, as of, you know, when we're recording this episode of the podcast and, um, I know, like, celebrities have had their voices stolen and, uh, how the technology has been utilized with, uh, just different companies and whatnot. So I think, like, you know, this is, like, our first steps toward some change and some regulation, which is going to be incredibly helpful and, uh, just very necessary for the future.

Well, for our future, in general, I think, um, you know, cause, uh, Well, I don't know, I've watched enough movies to, uh, To see what's gonna happen with robots and technology, you know what I mean? I'm just, uh, We like to say that, oh, movies are just movies, but, um, D Do you remember that one called Contagion?

Cause You know, that predicted a whole lot of stuff that we went through a few years ago, and I don't want to get back to that either. Uh, so, I, uh, I want to shout out a couple students. Um, one is, is Tony Martinez. He just had his demo, uh, a few, a couple weeks ago now, but still, like, I mean, he is somebody who I, will admit.

And I said this right to him. I'm like, God, we had our last class and I'm like, man, I hope this guy practices, uh, because he was just kind of not, not getting in his own way, but it was like, clearly I don't think had put the practice in, in just reading in general. And like, was kind of tripping up on a lot of stuff.

And I just, you know, he had all the elements there. It was the reading that was the biggest issue. And then we got in a demo day and man, could you tell that guy put. in the work. I mean, it was just so invigorating to see, uh, you know, as, as the coach, it's like, you want that to happen. You want something to something to light a fire under somebody where all of a sudden it's like, boom, it all kind of connects.

And, you know, there was a little bit of a trip up here and there, but that's nerves. You know, it's nerves, it's a new environment, and, um, you know, the, the stuff that we got from his demo day is just, oh, so good. So I was, I was very excited to see that. And, uh, I want to shout out to Mike as well. Uh, Mike D.

You know, last class that I had with him, you know, we talked about this on the pod a few weeks ago of, you know, don't self sabotage, right? Like, don't get in your own head and in your own way. And, oh, it was very much happening to him. But I know, in, in this, uh, process leading up to his upcoming demo day, which is going to be at the end of this month, you know, I've, I've heard little bits and pieces with him, right?

And, oh, he, Like, he sounds so good, but the thing is, is like, I know, like, what happens, like, this is new and then what happens too is like, you, you start thinking of all the things that you want to accomplish and then you put this pressure on yourself. And the way I said it to him is like, you, you are holding a boulder, but it's a boulder that you created, created on your own.

Um, you know, these are things that they don't, they don't matter in the big picture. Yes, you want to be successful. Yes, you want to get the work. Yes, you want to get paid and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Right now. The, the main goal for you is, should be to have fun, you know, have fun and, and let the rest of it kind of come together because of the fun.

Because if you, if you're stressed out and you're going in for a project, guess what? Your work is not going to be top tier. It's not going to be the top of your game if you're doing that to yourself. And I can tell that he's starting to shake. shake that off a bit. Sometimes we just have a bad day. We have an off day and I think that may have been the case last time I got to hang out with him.

So I'm pretty excited for his upcoming demo because I know that he's just going to knock it out of the park. But, uh, that being said, I hope that, uh, you're not getting too crazed with the holiday season impending. And, uh, you know, I've got a Friendsgiving celebration that's going to be happening at the house in a couple weeks.

And, you know, it's like, then you're planning for the Christmas holiday and any travel that you're going to have. And it's. So God, it can be a lot. Uh, but the last thing I want is any of this kind of stuff for voiceover to be stressful for you with all the holiday hustle and bustle. It's kind of like I was saying to Mike, don't, don't let this become a stressor.

This needs to be a release. Um, and you know, what makes a project best? is when you're relaxed, and you're just enjoying yourself. Um, I can't tell you how many times, you know, I get into these sessions with students, and we get projects to a certain point, and I'm like, in my head, I'm like, yes, I mean, it sounds okay, it sounds good.

Like, everything's there, and I can hear it, and it's, it's the best that we've done thus far. But hey, do it again! And, like, don't, don't, like, think about much of anything, just, like, let yourself, you know, push your limits, have fun, and, uh, you know, if it sucks, we'll just get rid of it. Why not? It's my little demo trick.

And next thing you know, boom. It's, like, everything is just so, so nicely done. And, uh, that is because of the fun that starts to be put into there. And it's, like, that's the question I always ask after that take. It's, like, how much fun did you just have doing that? Oh my god, so much. Like, that was just so ridiculous.

I felt so silly, but I was having so much fun. It's like, cool, I want you to feel silly. I want you to be having fun. Um, you know, because then it's like it's automatically reflected in your audio. You know, it's almost like a seamless situation where you can tell there's not There's not even maybe overthinking or even too much thought process.

It's just like, I'm just doing this. And you become the character or you become the material in whatever kind of way, which is great. Uh, but, you always gotta remind yourself what you wanted to do with this in the first place and why you were there. You know, and it pretty much comes down to doing something that you love.

You know, that's what it is for the majority that, uh, get into voiceover. And, you know, I, I have, and I will hit on this over and over again because of how important it really is, but how much of a difference have you seen when you get into a project and you get that big, giant smile on your face? You know, it's, it's instant warmth.

It's instant brightness. It's like when you listen back, it almost makes you want to smile too, you know, even though it's you, you know, it's like, it's the craziest thing. And that is one of those things that. A lot of people don't notice until they start like recording themselves, listening back a lot of students.

It's demo day and I hate that. It's demo day. Um, you know, because I want you to know the importance leading up to that in, in so heavily because of what, what kind of difference that makes. I had a whole conversation about it with a student recently and they're like, well. I mean, why, why would I smile here?

And it's like, well, I mean, you tell me, what is that smile going to provide to the piece at hand, to the material in the subject matter? You know, it could be something. Just, just as, like, small as, like, allowing something to feel lighter, that's heavy, you know? Because there's, there's just a brightness that comes in.

It's allowing you to be more personable, you know? It's allowing you to be, uh, brighter in, in a dark place, or, you know, it's Allowing some comfort, depending on the material. You know, so many things that you always want to keep in mind. Uh, but you know, smile and fun are like the most important things that you can do.

Because it's just like, allowing something to come together without much thought. And that's the thing, right? You become more yourself. Uh, you know, and I I will tell students to practice in that way. It's like, I don't want you to think of anything, really. I just want you to, you know, trust yourself and smile.

That's it. You know, these are such small things, but they make such a big, giant difference. So, you know, take that for what it is, uh, but thought it was good to kind of hammer home on that today. Uh, you know, and, and just see what you can make of it. Maybe this is a great situation to remind you and help you get out of your own, own head and the overthinking process that can happen.

But infovoicecoaches. com, if you got something you want discussed on the pod, holler, all right? Um, and as we get a little closer to Thanksgiving, you know, just in case I don't hear from you or, you know, talk to you in between, I hope that it is a great meal and a great time with some family and the The ones you love the most.

And, um, we'll talk to you next week with a brand new episode of Voice Coaches Radio. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

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