Rowell Gorman wrote one of my favorite voice over stories ever on his blog the other day. It's called "You'd Better Get The Real Thing, Or A Good Voice Actor!" Please take a moment and read it...you won't be sorry!
99% of our time as voice actors is spent reading words off a script, rarely are we given the opportunity to truly bring a character to life. Just minutes ago, I was given one of these opportunities.
Razzles, from the PBS show RAGGS, was interviewed by Nikki Landry on 95.7 The Wolf in San Fransisco. While I was given a script in advance of things to work into the interview, I was also given permission to 'just have fun' and ad lib a bit.
It was a hoot! We giggled, I howled, discussed my recent 'paw-dicure'...just generally had a great time.
There is so much debate (In fact, one is currently taking place on one of the VO message boards) about how much acting there is in voice over. I'm a believer that VO is about much more than just a voice...it's about a character...it's about bringing someone to life. Whether you are the kind person telling us about the latest Ford vehicle...or the newest cartoon character on The Disney channel...
You are more than your voice...you are an actor.
...And...isn't that just fun?