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Vicki Amorose Encourages You To "Lighten Up, VO Community!"


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

December 22, 2009

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Happy family in the snowHas the bleak midwinter got you down?

Are you taking voice over too seriously?

Enjoy some laughter and holiday cheer in this contribution from voice over talent Vicki Amorose!

Winter Solstice, Time to Lighten Up!

By Vicki Amorose

During the holiday season, you'll hear how it's time to do this and time to do that. I suggest that it is time to pause and have a good laugh--at ourselves. In this dark month of December, let's lighten up.

How many voiceover talents does it take to screw in a light-bulb?

Just one. But that one talent has to audition to book the gig, negotiate the fee, understand the client's light-bulb needs, rehearse, take direction, screw it in, do re-takes, edit out imperfections, send an invoice, make sure they get paid, try to secure the client's future light-bulb screwing, blog, tweet, podcast and post about it, then make up a joke and send it to Vox Daily.

Yes, we must work hard to keep our businesses moving forward. But honestly, what we do is not all that important. We don't cure illness, clean up the environment, or prevent planes from falling out of the sky.

Of course I appreciate everyone in the VO community who seeks meaning in what we do and contributes service where they can. Offering help and seeking meaning are always worthwhile endeavors.

But must we take ourselves so seriously? I think not.

Last night I was at a party and someone told me what cool job I have and how they've thought about getting into voiceover themselves. Instead of going in my usual direction with that comment, I replied, "You mean you want to talk good like me?" Everyone laughed.

Consider the following bit of wisdom. I don't know who introduced the concept originally; I heard it from a friend and I've been thinking about it ever since:

When you laugh, you are outside of your ego.

During the time when you are genuinely laughing, you are fully in the present moment, connected to the bigger picture and divorced from your own repetitive thought process. You are not connected to your ego during that moment of joy.

Take what laughter brings. Create laughter everyday. Give your ego a rest.

This is what I wish for all of my voiceover community during the holidays--may you truly BE MERRY!

Vicki Amorose

Related Topics: career, lighten up, professionals, Vicki Amorose, voice talent, voiceovers, winter solstice


    "try to secure the client's future light-bulb screwing" This is my favorite part. Thank you, Vicki for giving me a much needed laugh. I wish we could share a festive beverage over the holidays.

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    • Jill Tarnoff
    • December 23, 2009 8:44 AM

      Always a wonderful perspective and some food for thought from Vicki Amorose! I appreciate the work we as voice actors do, especially when we donate time to worthy causes (hearthebill.org, for instance) but it is a good time to reflect on what is most important in life. I am happy I spent many years as a public school teacher -- I still hear from grateful and successful former students now and then. I have observed recently how hard nurses work while I spent weeks in the hospital by my father's bedside. I marvel at my pastor's tireless efforts counseling the troubled and comforting the dying. Yet I know that while I was teaching never once at a party was I asked how to get into education. I have a feeling the nurses and pastors of the world don't get that much either. So in addition to laughing at ourselves, I hope we all can take some time this holiday season to recognize those in other occupations and thank them for the work they do, from the oncologist to the guy up there freezing on the utility pole.

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        Brava, Vicki!! What a great truth and positive instruction. I create laughter everyday with my first trip to the mirror...

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          AMEN TO THAT, VICKI!

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          • Jay Elzweig
          • December 23, 2009 10:27 AM

            Great stuff, Vickie. Enjoyed the light bulb joke and I'm going to use your comeback re those inquiring about getting into VO. So much easier. I won't even dread hearing the question now! Plus, as you said, it gives another chance to laugh. Thank you for posting this!

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