Imagine my shock when I sit down to write a post, thinking "Oh, I'm behind, it's about time", and check the date of my last post. Guess what? IT WAS EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO! That's tantamount to a blog-walk-of-shame.
I am going to attempt a more regular blog presence (that's what they all say, I know....), but I have something quite big going on, and I thought the Studio Blog might a good way to chronicle the journey.
What is this 'quite big'-ness I speak of? Well, I've decided to move into Voice Over/Voice Acting. To be clear: we're not talking video games, cartoons or commercials - where my heart is, and always has been, is literature. In particular, I'm moving into long-form narration - so, think audiobooks - fiction and nonfiction (I actually have a deep love for nonfiction narration - not enough people can make nonfiction fun and engaging! Nonfiction for the masses!!).
Despite nearly 25 years in the 'Voice' industry, I am effectively a newbie. Sure, I did some studio work, like, 20 years ago, and sure, I've been mic'd on many an occasion, but given the way the digital industries have exploded, we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto. So here I am, entering my dotage (not really, but you get the idea), learning brand new things. Like, what cardioid patterns of directionality are (hint: has to do with mic voice pickup). I'm learning things like 'popping' and 'slates' and 'windscreens' and new recording programs, like 'Audacity'. I'm joining new FB groups and reading their archives; I'm attending workshops, and working in a variety of professional studios. I'm even building my own professional studio (sorry - I just can't Auralex a closet and be done with it - I'm too old for that, and they might just find my rotting corpse in there one unfortunate day).
I'm finding that so very, very much of my training and experience is invaluable in this new field/industry - from the business aspects, to the text analysis, to the vocal performance details. I can (and do already) 'talk the talk', and I'm working hard to be able to 'walk the walk'. It's rather stumbly right now ;-).
And so it begins - a new adventure (because I can't ever stand still), one that has me genuinely excited and nervous and...and...and....makes me feel young again (despite the lies my mirrors tell me). Let's see what's out there.
Hello! My name is Donna, and Raconteur is my Studio. Words are my passion - especially beautiful, powerful words, beautifully and powerfully shared. I never planned to be a Spoken Arts instructor, but I was lucky enough to have fallen into the work 23+ years ago - and I have never really looked back.