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A Career Making Noises

April 13, 2017

As a professional voice over artist I’m sometimes asked, “what’s it like to make funny voices all day?” I have to say, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. I’m paid to have fun! They’re not all  ‘funny’ voices. But they are all fun.

And here’s the thing: there’s nothing else I can do that I would enjoy as much as being a voice actor. Sure, I have other skills I could use to pay the bills. And there are other things I could do if I was able to do them, but since I’ve never been compelled to put in the requisite practice needed to feasibly make a living off them, it’s not even worth thinking about. But I do have a lifetime of practice doing Voice Work. Why?

Because, much to the annoyance of the people around me, I’m constantly making noise: I’m doing voices, I’m making sound effects, and I’m telling jokes and stories that require both (well, I think they require them). I do it alone and I do it around others. And I’ve been doing it my entire life. So really, how could I not do this as a career?

There’s something to be said for doing what comes naturally. I’ve always made noise; it comes naturally to me from somewhere inside, almost like I have no control and have to let it out. Maybe it’s undiagnosed Tourettes, I don’t know. But the other stuff I might have done? I never did it, really. Sporadically, sure, but I was never compelled to do it. But using my voice to convey imagery and concepts? I’ve never not done it.

And it’s not just ‘noise’, of course, it’s language. I’ve always had a love of using language, and the sound of language, creatively. I love words that are full of twists and turns that, once you know what they mean, are the perfect sound for what’s being communicated. I love to dive in to great text and read it in such a way that people feel it and can’t imagine it any other way.

So yeah, there’s really nothing else I’d rather do. I’m privileged to be able to do it. And for that, in what might be the understatement of the year, I have to say I’m pretty thankful that I am.