One week into the new marketing campaign and it’s going really well. I’ve already got one video game company who is very interested in using me. Ironically, I’d contacted them previously and the email address hadn’t worked. I guess this is where persistence pays off. I did really well getting most of my tasks completed over the first few days, although less so the last couple of days due to errands. So clearly I need to work on my home/work priorities a bit more.
I confess also that I played hookey on Monday and went indoor skydiving. It was a Christmas present from my husband. I was totally nervous about this new adventure. I wasn’t afraid I would get hurt or anything like that. I’ve been parasailing, hot air ballooning and scuba diving before, so it’s not too adventurous for me. Mostly, I worried about my body’s tendency to fight for control (which it does when I scuba dive). I hated the idea of being watched while my body is flailing about trying to get stable.
So how’d it turn out? Great! I was too busy focusing on the instructor to worry about anybody else, and rather than fight for control, I just let myself ride the wind (blasting in at 93mph!) until the instructor told me to make adjustments. Ultimately, I let myself relax. To think I stressed so much about it beforehand!
I think learning to relax and focus on the job at hand is a skill we all have to learn, especially as performers. Going on stage scares the bageebus out of most people. Theoretically, it scares me too. Before I get up on stage I worry about flubbing a line or missing a cue. But when I’m up there, I don’t have the time to think about that. I don’t even think about the audience, although I might be somewhat aware of whether or not we got the laugh we intended. On stage, I let go of those worries. I ride the wave, stay in the moment and go with the flow of the performance.
Those not in voice over might find this strange, but there is plenty of nerves with speaking into a mic. And you can hear it too. I don’t know about other VO peeps, but my nerves are exacerbated when I don’t have someone there directing me. I start over-analysing every nuance of every word I speak. Perhaps I just don’t like wasting other people’s time but I absolutely perform better with an audience. When it just me and the mic, it’s only my time I’m wasting.
Lately though, I’m changing. I’m starting to go with the flow more, ride that gust of wind, be more intuitive, especially with auditions. Chances are, 90% of what they’re looking for is whether my voice sounds right for the job. So why worry so much? Over-analysing. Recording take after take. Is your tenth take really going to be that much better?
I’ve heard from a friend who studied with Marice Tobias that she recommends not recording with cans and I think I might start trying that. It would take some getting used to, but maybe, just maybe, if I can get past the over-analysing, I can let go, stay in the moment where the performance exists and ride the wind. It’s worth a shot, anyway!