One of the things that still intrigues me is the stranger inside. You may think, “How can one be a stranger to one’s self?” I’ll give you an example. Have you ever encountered an unexpected event or emergency and you reacted in a way that you didn’t expect? Your behavior was not a surprise to your subconscious just to your conscious mind. As a voice talent, you need to get to know the personalities lurking in your subconscious and put them to work in your voiceover (VO) performances.
We all have the ability to win Audie Awards and other VO accolades. I say that because I think the best actors know themselves so well, that can shape their emotions, experiences, likes, dislikes, dark thoughts, and positive thoughts into effective acting. Getting to know all these things and more about you is also your key to effective voice acting.
I recently listened to a podcast interview of a famous African-American female VO talent. She mentioned that she was shy and had to always work through her shyness to pursue her VO goals. Since I also personally know the lady, I believe she is not overly shy, just reserved and quiet when meeting new people. Around her VO colleagues, she seems friendly, upbeat, and encouraging. My point is she has learned to use parts of her personality to be what she needs to be at the right time and place. The proof is in her VO success.
If you want to find out more about your personality, the Internet has a plethora of personality test tools to help you along the way. Also, the Johari Window is an excellent tool to get to know you on a deeper level. The site Businessballs.com defines the Johari Window model as “… a simple and useful tool for illustrating and improving self-awareness, and mutual understanding between individuals within a group.”
Don’t restrict yourself; get to know you and the way you think. Then shape all of the aspects of thoughts and traits into an effective voiceover actor. Find your profound, authentic, personal sides and use these sides of your subconscious and conscious mind to cut your spirit free as your best VO talent.