I actually have a whole routine I go through, especially for challenging projects. Like an athlete preparing for an event, I warm up my body (sometimes I hang upside down like a bat!), warm up my voice, prepare the script, make tea and enter the sanctuary of my voice studio.
Yesterday, I was prepping a technical read for one of my favourite clients (I do have favourites!) I wanted to do a really good job and I noticed some jitters creeping in.
I spoke with a dear friend of mine in Los Angeles, Karen Strassman. Karen is an actress, voice talent and coach. She’s a consummate professional and one of the most smart, soulful and fun people I know.
I mentioned to Karen the absurdity of having fear of the blank audio file at this stage in my voicing career and asked her how she dealt with it. Her response was genius:
“I like to think of myself as a potter who throws a lump of clay on the wheel. I do a first pass or two of the script to get the clay ready and then I fine tune it from there.”