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.