Jar of Poetry (JOP) is a place where I share poetry, respond to your comments, and conduct experiments in this ‘Literary Laboratory’ of mine. However, I have been using it to prepare myself for something bigger.
In October 2019, a month after JOP began, I took my first step into the field of Voice Over. On December 16, 2019 and after countless hours of reading out loud and editing the vulgarity out of the audio, I can say with a sincere and humble heart—I am an Audiobook Narrator.
Now that I have that out of the way, it’s time to get to what you came here for.
What’s this secret I’ve kept from you this whole time?
You played a crucial role in this whole ordeal.
For as small as it is, our interactions together have a deeper meaning. You gave me confidence, despite my light-hearted demeanor, that I feel I lacked to move forward. All of you have shared personal stories, thoughts, and ideas from your own experiences. I have also had the chance to send and receive emails from some of you as well.
What I needed were honest opinions of my work. It was more than just the poetry. I wanted to know if my message was able to meet three requirements. Let me explain—I’m more of an example kind of guy.
(I’ll get to [x3] in a moment)
This is what my mind works out when we incorporate other factors before deciding to write or post:
Did Post solve [x3]?
To me, Voice Over (VO) is similar:
Did VO Product solve [x3]?
The variable [x3] represents three questions:
- Was it clear and understandable?
- Did it reach the right person?
- Has it left an impact?
If the results can answer the variable, [x3], then not only have you accomplished your goal but you achieved something greater than you realized.
That’s why I had to keep it a secret—you were the variable I was trying to answer!
If my message wasn’t clear, then I had to go back and see what I can do to fix it. Along with that, troubleshooting and calibrating my equipment to make it somewhat bearable. I can’t tell you how many times I hit “Record” for some of the audio entries only to redo them because I didn’t turn my microphone on. 😛
“Thank You” isn’t even close to how much it means to me. I don’t think I will ever find the words to express how grateful I am to you. Whatever you’re going through in life, the one thing you should know is that you made an impact on me. I mean this with all my being.
And since we’re on the topic, time for the final reveal!
I never took acting or business classes.
I didn’t hire a voice coach—yet.
I knew nothing about recording/editing software or audio engineering.
“I had no damn clue what I was doing!”
The only thing I “did” know was that it was something I wanted to do. And when I set out to do something, I keep these three things in mind:
- “Hold my sanity, shit’s gonna get interesting!”
- “The ‘Impossible’ is only true to the fool who believes it” and
- “I don’t want someone’s Reality to only be my Imagination”
I hope that by sharing this mindset, it ignites something in you to take on whatever you think is impossible to achieve.
I will be disabling the Comments section and Ping-Backs for a few reasons.
First of all, I respect everyone’s privacy. I don’t want anyone to feel embarrassed if Voice Over is something they’re interested in or would like to know more about—via email. By directing it through email, it also prevents unsolicited comments from people trying to sell their services without your consent or telling you that I’m full of crap—let me take care of that.
Yes, I am still new to this line of work and I don’t have all the answers. What I can offer are bits of information I’ve accumulated to at least take that first step into something completely new.
I was afraid.
I didn’t have experience.
But that desire to do something completely new, outweighed those factors. I will make it work, one way or another—I’m a Taurus…I pride myself in being stubborn.
When someone documents their journey, especially when it’s something they really want to do, I sort of feel like I’m not contributing except by reading about what they dream of doing and not learning something along the way. That’s not what I signed up for. Give me something where I can follow and support you while learning something new along the way. That’s what I set out to do—refer to what I keep in mind when I decide to do something.
So, what do you think? Now that you know I’ve just started my Voice Over path, things are only going to get more interesting from here—and you know I can promise that.