"The label you give yourself cannot impact external forces that are not motivated by your own psychology or influenced by a third party's pre-existing consciousness of you. We are all presented with reasons to struggle which come from completely external forces; to pretend that one is not struggling is either arrogance or an admission of defeat. To admit that one is struggling is a sign and a source of strength." - Evan A. Baker

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

One Simple Sentence

Went out for AT&T today, (shout out to follower Beth Shea, also auditioning for the role) and while there, saw follower Liesel Hlista! She was in a show I co-wrote two years ago (hack, cough!) while we were still in college. Liesel is one of the most freakin beautiful girls I've ever seen, and has the heart of a woman with 200 children. Seriously, she is the sweetest.

But this is not about the audition today. It's about my voice over work yesterday.

My writing partner Dan Lawson got me a voice over gig for MightyBooks, animated educational stories. I played pig newscaster Diane Sowyer (a pun! Love it!) and pig mom Earline. So much fun. With voice overs, you really have to stress your words and vary your pitch all in the same sentence. Or, to paraphrase The Man of 1,000 Voices, each sentence is a new thought, said completely different from the sentence before it, which is completely different from the sentence ahead of it.

That's fantastic advice if you're an actor considering voice over work. More important than that, however, was something he had told me before we recorded. One simple sentence has been lifting my spirits all this week when all I've wanted to do was sulk face down in my bed.

Surround yourself with people who love and support you, so they can say this same thing to you.

And then, believe it yourself.


  1. And that's why I read your blog. Surround myself with people I love and who love me back.

  2. I used to feel like the man of a 100 voices when I used to have to reenact an episode of Sponge Bob with my friend's 3 yr old while in the car driving. He would only be sponge Bob and ?I had to provide the voices for all the other characters, including his mom-- but that part was our secret.


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