My mom always taught me to be myself! It may sound really cliché but I think it plays such a huge role in what type of life you live or career you have. At certain points in our lives we’ve all been in a position where we aren’t quite being ourselves. Maybe you’re on a date, maybe you’re at a party, maybe you’re on an interview.
Guess what, that’s totally normal! I would imagine it’s the body’s way of fighting the fear of not being accepted. Some people are better equipped to handle these situations then others. I’ve always struggled when it comes to fitting in with large groups of people. I’m terribly awkward in these situations.
As a good friend of mine always says…”it is what it is”. I’ve come to grips with the fact that I feel like a fish out of water in social situations. And while I definitely try to take my mom’s advice about being myself it can be hard to do that when my mind is trying with all it’s might to be someone else. It doesn’t know who that is…but it’s not the real me.
Luckily when it comes to voice over, I’ve never been concerned about fitting in. Being behind a mic with a script in front me…that’s actually when I feel the most free in my life. Even though technically I’m playing a fictional character I’m really just using extensions of my own personality. I get to say things that I might not feel comfortable saying in real life. But in the confines of a safe, sound proof booth where it’s just me and the mic…I can easily follow the words of advice that my mom gave me.
There’s so much pressure to fit in. To wanna be accepted by your peers. The rise of social media has made that even more so. Especially as a voice actor.
The good news is that in today’s VO market buyers wanna hear real personalities.They wanna hear your perspective.So remember, it’s ok to be different from everybody else.You don’t have to be the life of the party.You don’t have to be the most popular person face to face or on social media.Just be you…or the many extensions of you.As long as you’re true to yourself, life will be much more fulfilling both as a Voice Actor and a human being.