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Stuck In A Boring 'Comfort Zone'?
Dare To Push Your Voice Outside
 
By Bob Souer
Voice Actor
 
When Iím really honest with myself, I know that one of my great weaknesses as a voice actor is that I tend to stick pretty close to my comfort zone.
 
Now, thereís a strong argument in favor of this plan.
 
After all, the things that I do best are the things Iím most likely to book. And if I donít work, well, itís not a pretty picture.
 
The same is true for you, no matter where you are with your own business. I donít need to spell out all the details.
 
COMFORTABLY BORING
 
But if we stick too close to our comfort zone too much of the time, we start to get - thatís right - comfortable.
 
You know what another word for comfortable is? At least for those of us who are performers of one kind or another? Boring.
 
And you know how much work "boring" books? Exactly.
 
COMFORTABLE AUDITION
 
So, a couple of days ago I had one of those moments that jolted me awake to the fact that I must work outside my comfort zone more often.
 
Iíd received an audition from my agents in Portland, In Both Ears. The audition had two male characters - one, a sort of archtypical announcer guy, and the other a fast-talking ďdisclaimerĒ guy.
 
While I can talk quickly enough, I tend to stay away from the disclaimer stuff because, you guessed it, itís not in my comfort zone.
 
The announcer thing, while I donít do a ton of it any more, was familiar. So I sent in an audition for only the announcer guy.
 
RE-ZONE REQUEST
 
Fortunately for me, the client liked what I sent and asked my agent to have me read for the disclaimer part, as well. 
 
I say "fortunately" because only three hours after I'd audtioned for that part, too, the agent called to say that Iíd booked the job - as the disclaimer guy!
 
So, whatís it going to be?
  • Stick in the comfort zone all the time and grow more and more boring with each passing month? Or,
  • Step out of the comfort zone and find a way to be interesting again? Maybe even find a way to be more interesting when working in the comfort zone?
ABOUT BOB ...
Bob Souer has been a voice actor for over 25 years, helping an array of faithful clients tell their ďstoriesĒ through commercials, narrations, podcasts, e-learning, promos, imaging - you name it. He also posts a highly informative daily blog about voice acting, The VoiceOver Boblog.
 
 
 
 
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