This post is part of the 100 Days Project
Political scandles notwithstanding, I've spent the last two days learning how to be a voice artist, in as much as this is possible in a two day period. It was a bit intimidating at first, since they start recording you in hour one of the first day and I'm even more allergic to criticism than regular people. But, as part of the 100 Days Project, this post is not really about my struggles with feedback or what skills I came away with - although it was an intense learning process on a personal level.
In terms of my 'worldly engagement', I finally learned the difference between a condenser mic and the regular kind (the condenser has two membranes which are activated by an electric current, rather than one membrane which is activated by sound). I also learned that it's possible for voice artists to use online aggregator sites like voices.com to generate enough income to support themselves comfortably. This may not seem like such a big deal, but it's so difficult to make a living in the creative arts and industries in New Zealand that I'm always pleased to hear when this is actually occurring.
Hearteningly it's also still possible for some people to work fulltime as a voice artist in NZ through the traditional route of doing a bit of free work, getting enough experience to be able to deliver, and then getting an agent and a profile. This is doubtless a more difficult route to pursue but given that I don't want to give up my day-job, it might be a better option. Voice artists on online sites have to be 100% responsive and turn-arounds are really tight - not really something I'd want to mix with my other commitments.
On a more personal level, one thing that came as no surprise is that I'm not at all comfortable with hard selling, but at least I can take direction. Since I have to dish it out quite often, this is quite the comfort.
I'd recommend the course to anyone who wants to get into voice work or expand their range - you come away with a professionally-produced reel, ideas for managing nerves and looking after your voice and lots of objective feedback.