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Voice Coaches Radio #623- Realizing You’re Human

Voice Coaches Radio, everything voiceover. Final full week of February. Can you believe that? Welcome to a brand new episode of Voice Coaches Radio. I'm Marissa, and I hope this is finding you well. And I feel like I. I'm like a new human. I'm like able to stay comfortably, like, back into the workout routine.

It, it just, it took the weather to just be a hint warmer than it had been to, to get into this, uh, little gym that I've built at the house. I gotta figure out, you know, as it does get warmer, like, how can I keep the Like that room itself at a better temperature because, I mean, it's between the basement and the garage.

What was happening was all the air from the garage, no matter what I had done over the summer to try to insulate it and stuff, it didn't matter, uh, because there's like an attic portion of the garage that I didn't fully cover. And it turns out, Yeah, I very much need to. It was just every bit of cold air coming right on in.

And, uh, it just made it so if you were gonna be on that treadmill in there, you were going to be like an icicle for at least, I don't know, probably ten minutes. Like, it just wasn't, like, worth it. So, kind of need to figure that out a bit better, I think. But, uh, not, not having to worry about it too much right now.

Not until next winter. Uh, but, uh, now that we are starting to, uh, slowly defrost and get ready for spring. I'm sure you've got some things that you're going to want to tackle as well. And if you've got, you know, some questions bouncing around in your brain, or you just want some guidance, you can always email info at voice coaches.

com. Uh, just make sure that you've, you know, mentioned the podcast. They'll send it my way and, you know, I can go ahead and, and, you know, get whatever is bouncing around your brain right here in another upcoming episode, uh, you know, something that has been a consistent. The thing that comes up is people feeling like they need to be perfect.

I'm just going to point this out. There ain't a person on the planet, not even Taylor Swift, alright? Nobody is perfect. Uh, so, uh, but she is our queen. Uh, that's, that's the point. Um, but how do you handle Being human. Listen, I don't care how much practice you do. I don't care how many projects you have under your belt.

You're gonna stumble and fumble. There are gonna be off days where it's like nothing comes out of your mouth, right? It's gonna give you a headache and it's like, well, what do you do? You know, how do you handle being human. First of all, being a human is tough in itself. Uh, you know, that that's life. Um, you know, we can't really do much about a lot of things, but when it comes to voiceover, here's the thing, you know, I, I have students all the time and There are ones that, that do the work, right?

They, they come in and you can tell it's like they got a good head on their shoulders and they are putting in the effort and they're practicing. But then it's like they get in class and they will stumble or they'll stutter through a piece and then they get frustrated and they're just feeling like it's never gonna get better.

And here's the thing. You are going to stumble. You are going to fumble. That is a human trait. It does get better over time. I'm proof of that. I'm dyslexic. And like, you know, sometimes I'm just speaking words and they come out flipped, you know? So it's like, you're gonna have these moments, no matter who you are, how long you've been doing this, that you are going to just trip up, and that's okay.

How do you fix those mistakes, though, in the moment? Well, take a pause, then take a step back to the line that it happened at, begin again from there. It's one of those little tricks of the trade that if you were unaware of before, it's like here's a couple things that happened in that moment. You, you stop, you pause, you collect yourself, right?

You've now gone back to the beginning of the sentence, started again, you've smoothed it out. The beautiful thing about it is your practice has made you a consistent performer. When we go ahead and we edit out the stumble, because now we can easily see it because of how you treated this moment. We can see in that audio where the trash is that needs to get out of there.

When you go ahead, you listen back, guess what? That sucker, nine and a half times out of ten gonna sound seamless. And that's the beautiful thing, right? It's showing you, hey, I can be human. I can fix my mistake, and I can do it with ease. So again, you know, in those moments of tripping up, don't feel like, Oh God, I gotta do the whole thing all over again.

Like, I am an awful talent. I suck. Like, don't start talking down to yourself, alright? I want you to just take a pause. Go back to the beginning of the sentence. Start again. You know, keep everything that you were just doing and keep it, keep going. Right? Smooth it out and see how it goes. You might have to stop and do it again.

Like, but the opportunity is there thanks to the technology that we have today. And you have this opportunity to, to fix a mistake with ease. But you can fix it. That's, that's okay. You know, you can be human, and you can have this option to fix. Um, you know, I, I feel like there are students that I've noticed, and I think there are people in general too, that it's not feeling like you need to be perfect, but it's assuming that you're correct.

What do they say about assumptions, right? Uh, it just, it makes an ass out of you, and it makes an ass out of me. Uh, in this case, it's not me, it's, it's, it's just you. Um, so, you know, you want to make sure that you're not, like, looking at a script and just completely assuming that you're a thousand percent right on the way that they want it done.

The Maybe the, the vibe of it all. Um, you know, the pronunciation of certain things. It is okay to ask questions. And I think Again, this goes, this goes back to being, you know, a perfect human, which doesn't exist. But a lot of people will go into a project and assume that I can't ask any questions. That I just have to go in and I have to be their, like, you know, dance monkey dance.

And in some ways, sure, you do want to be the one that's performing, and you want to do what they ask of you, but You don't want to go in to a piece, especially when it comes to pronunciations of things, and just assume that you're correct. If you are looking at it and you are unsure, and maybe that's the first time that you're seeing the script, I mean, just ask the questions like, I, I think that it's, you know, pronounced this way, but can I get confirmation?

It's just showing that you're professional. You know, you got that script ahead of time. Can you please do yourself a favor and go to Google, put the word in and pronounce next to it, and please, for the love of God, listen. Um, you know, because it will tell you the right way. If you have multiple things that it shows you, and they're different from each other, then that is where it's like you go into that project and you ask the question itself of like, Hey, you know, I did try to do some research, and I wanted to understand how to pronounce this word properly.

Um, can you give me the pronunciation that you would like? You know, it is. Okay, um, you know, it's, it's just showing again how professional that you are, and it's not unacceptable to do those kind of things. Um, but you don't want to go in and assume anything. Um, so just remember being human. I mean, that's the good quality that you're providing to the craft itself.

That is the thing that you can do that AI technology cannot. Um, you know, and it's going to be what allows you to stand out overall. Does it have its faults? Sure. But You know, you've got ways to, to go ahead and, and, and make things better and allow yourself to shine. And it's all in how you handle it. Be okay with being human, because guess what?

You can't change it. You really can't. So you just have to accept it and keep going on. Uh, but hopefully this helps you in your mindset. Um, understand that. You fumble, guess what, I fumble too. I've been doing this, it'll be 20 years in November. Um, you know, so it's just, it's life. And, and just go ahead and just keep running with it.

And keep being your best you. And, uh, allow yourself to shine in every single way, in every project. But, uh, info at voicecoaches. com, you can hit us up. up with any questions, any topics that you'd like us to discuss here on the pod. Uh, don't forget workshops all the time. Be checking out our blog posts or just voicecoaches.

com for details. And, uh, we'll get you right here, uh, up and running in the field too soon. Uh, you know, if you very much want to, uh, get some education under your belt, but another episode of voice coaches radio coming up as we dive into March. Oh my God. It's going to roar on in. That's what it does, right?

I don't know, lions in April, I don't know. But hey, spring is coming, that's all it means. Talk to you next week. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

This week on Voice Coaches Radio, Marissa goes over something you need to come to terms with: You’re Human. I know, I struggle with that, too. Because of our human qualities, things happen, like stumbles and fumbles so how do we correct ourselves in these moments? Is it okay to stumble? What benefits of these qualities are there?