Sometimes Voiceover is called Voice Acting. When I decided to pursue Voiceover, I just ignored the acting part. Surely acting wasn't really that big a part of it. In case you didn't get the memo like me, acting is ALL of it.
It only took two professional coaching sessions to realize, this wasn't what I thought it was. It was much harder and required real acting ability. I hadn't planned on that, so it stopped me in my tracks. Acting was one of the last things I would ever think I would do in my life, so I had to take a step back. Since I was determined to be serious about Voiceover, I was going to have to reckon with this new reality. So I took a few months and thought about it. I still wanted to do Voiceover, but I was going to have to act. So I finally asked myself "What, you can't pretend?, Can't learn something new? Is this really so beyond you?" No, this isn't beyond me. I can do whatever I put my mind to. I watched some YouTube videos on acting and thought, this isn't rocket science. Yes, it's going to be really hard and I'm going to have to stretch beyond my comfort zone, but it's possible. I started to relish the challenge. Ok, Let's learn some acting!
Back into the fray I went, peddle to the medal on coaching. I started reading books on acting and watched more YouTube videos. It turns out it IS really hard and I'm still getting there. I am at the point now where if I really want to up my acting game, I am going to have to get to an in-person acting class. This scares the hell out of me. I just wanted to do some Voiceover and now I'm in the middle of an acing class? There I will be, a complete fish out of water. But I know I have to give myself over to the experience. Hi, I'm David and I suck at this. I have no idea what I am doing. I hope they will say, neither did we, come play!
To those of you like me who came to Voiceover from the corporate world, yes, seriously, you have to act.