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Leaving Midgar

Leaving Midgar

One of my fondest video game memories is the 90 hours or so I plunked into Final Fantasy VII as a kid. The whole first act of the game takes place in Midgar, an oppressive, gloomy city, carved out in claustrophobic corridors. It's dank, trashed out, and the sun literally never shines there. There's a scrappy underdog quality to everything you do there; it's not great, but it's home, and you've got your little niche (it's basically terrorism, but you know, good guy terrorism). About eight hours in, however, you up and leave the city, suddenly thrusting your party into the whole wide world, which up until then I wasn't even sure existed in this game. This blew my mind when I was a kid. Now we were no longer scavengers scraping by in a totalitarian hellhole, barely escaping with our lives. Now, we had to...to..

..wait, what do we do next? 

So the Five in Fiverr Means....

Evidently you can charge pretty much whatever you want on Fiverr nowadays. I've heard enough hullabaloo around the internet about people making most of their VO income from tons of short, sweet, low-paying gigs from Fiverr, and from looking at some of the profiles on there, it definitely looks to be working for some folk.

Be Less Boring

There are periods where I focus way too much on one aspect of my performances when I audition. I hone in on and obsess over how I sound - making sure my diction is as proper and clean and dynamically balanced and colored as possible. Getting to that perfect, from a technical standpoint, read. Then of course, I listen to Crispin Freeman's podcast again and I realize that I'm becoming way too obsessed with the sound of my own voice. I need to retreat from my head and start letting character choices guide my performances.  

2015-03-30 17.44.43I've made it a point to stop myself during my last few audition sessions and force myself into making a few choices about my 'character', other than what he sounds like. Trying to stay mindful of who I am rather than who I sound like is a concept that didn't really click until recently.

Be less boring in your reads. Stop focusing so much on sound like a perfect robot. Give all of your reads some eyepatches and peg legs. It's really easy to get locked into that clinical hum of e-learning medical module scripts and cookie-cutter sales letter pitches; if you're not having some kind of fun with it, that's going to come across audibly. Make anything you're reading fun, even if it's riddled with grammatical mistakes.

And there will be many of those.