Some years ago I was called into a production company for a voice over audition.

When I asked for the script they said it wasn’t ready yet. They were just looking for the voice of a Mom and were auditioning for voice quality.

The producer looked around, pulled a book at random from the shelf and handed it to me. “Here,” he said, “Read a little bit of this.”

The book he gave me was In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

If you don’t know it, the book reconstructs the brutal 1959 murder of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Hardly Mom material.

I mustered up my sweetest voice and started reading…

“The scrape of the scuttling tumbleweed, the racing receding wail of locomotive whistles. At the time not a soul in sleeping Holcomb heard them-four shotgun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives.”

I stopped and looked up.

The producer seemed oblivious to the discrepancy between the gruesome text and the nurturing voice type he was looking for.

It was plenty weird alright, but not as weird as the voice over job I’ll tell you about in this week’s Inside Voice Over training video.

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To your voice over success,

Susan Berkley,
Founder, The Great Voice Company


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