Living With A Voice Actor Is ...
'Non-Stop Live Action Theatre'
By Dianne Russell
Living with a voice actor is a privilege few people can profess to have experienced.
It is a life like no other Ė a constantly changing whirlwind of auditory dreams and fantasies, occasionally peppered with startling aural hallucinations.
For a person who requires a partner of certain steadiness and a routine of relative constancy, the lair of a voice actor is not one to call home.
For those who shy away from strangers, the home of a voice actor will be sure to trigger social anxiety attacks of the third kind.
For those who love to luxuriate in peace and quiet, a voice actorís den of sound will over-stimulate to the point of mania.
MONTAGE OF CHARACTERS
For you see, a voice actor is not a normal person, and a voice actorís home is not a normal home.
A voice actor is a montage of characters, some known, some not yet known (and others hopefully never known!).
A voice actorís home is a non-stop, live-action theatre, and one never knows what or who lurks behind the studio door.
I live with voice actor Adam Behr, and though my life has been far richer for it, it is not a life for the average soul.
My day begins and ends with voices:
WHO'S THERE NOW?
However, when I truly do think Iíve heard it all, I am quickly put in my place and proven wrong.
When I open the studio door to deliver the morning cup of coffee, I brace myself lest I be vocally assaulted and subsequently cover myself in second-degree burns.
Who will be sitting in front of the microphone when I round the corner?
OR MAYBE EVEN ...
Or maybe Iíll find a frantic, nasal-sounding Chinese noodle cook, shouting at an ungrateful customer on the streets of Jersey.
Or, even better, there will be a lion.
Not a man, but a startlingly real, snarling, growling, rogue African lion, ready to pounce on the first whiff of fear.
WHAT AN EDUCATION!
Besides the auditory collage of characters I encounter in the studio (and occasionally in the hallway, kitchen, and yes, even the bedroom), I am also exposed to an extraordinary amount of information.
Yes, thatís right; living with a voice actor is more educational and less expensive than an American college education.
From commercials to cartoons, audiobooks to ringbacks, museum narrations to CNN specials, corporate training videos to documentaries, I am hit by a barrage of information Ė both wanted and unwanted Ė every single day.
ABOUT DIANNE ...
Dianne Russell is a Canadian (BC Girl) "living the dream" in Cape Town, South Africa with Canadian-South African partner / voice actor Adam Behr. With a varied education and career, she is an Immigration officer, teacher and writer who has "worked with people from every demographic and ... heard stories of all kinds. Human variance is what makes my world go round." She also writes a entertaining blog, Yeah, but ...
Adam Behr: www.adambehr.com
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