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Class Clowns Rejoice: Silly Voices Can Make You Money!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 4, 2010

Comments (9)

Young girl rolling her tongue and making a silly face at schoolWere you one of those people who was constantly reprimanded for chatting in class?

Did your classmates find more pleasure in listening to your imitations of the teacher rather than listen to what the teacher had to say?

Whether you were the class clown or simply an overly ambitious social butterfly, the antics that used to get you in hot water could actually serve as assets in the voice acting profession.

Share your experiences and find out more in today's VOX Daily.

That Was Then... This is Now!

At Voices of Vision, a recent voice acting event in Toronto, animation voice talent, director and instructor MJ Lallo made the observation that "People now take lessons to do silly voices when they used to be sent to the principal's office for doing them."

Many of you can relate to what MJ said because you know it to be true.

As a voice actor, you make money for creating wacky voices and allowing them to take on a life of their own in spoken word recordings.

The voices you create, whether based upon a family member, teacher, friend or colleague are ways that you can express your creativity... and get paid for it!

Does This Resonate With You?

I'd love to hear about how your days of mimicry or socialization have prepared you in part for the road ahead and contributed to your success!

Looking forward to your comments :)

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Related Topics: animation, education, impressions, mimicry, MJ Lallo, silly voices, voice acting


Comments


    The story of my life in one sentence. I was the one being dragged down to Mother Superior's office for impersonating Sister Mary Magdalena. ;o)

    Posted by:

      I make this evil raspy voice, kinda like the one in The Exorcist. I still think it will make me money one day, people love it.

      Posted by:
      • PJ Delia
      • October 4, 2010 4:33 PM

        Oh I was a bad boy in grade school and totally can relate to "the class clown". I got caught many times mimicking the principal & vice principal. My teacher had me perform them in front of the class. It was fun but the demerits were not.

        In basic training, I got caught mimicking 2 of our drill instructors, the senior drill instructor & the company commander. You betcha I got punished. I had to perform all characters talking to each other (like a one man skit) Then I had to do 20 pushups for each character (80 pushups counted out loud). It was worth it (in my mind).

        To this day I try to mimick many voices and practice to stay "in character".

        Posted by:

          I love characters and making people laugh. Doesn't take much for me to put myself right in the part. Even my voice coaches were rolling on the floor during classes.

          Since childhood, I've been a natural performer. When I was little, I'd take my dad's old tape recorder and perform a whole Halloween story using different voices, put on puppet shows and directed the kids in the neighborhood doing plays. Now, I make my coworkers and customers laugh at work. Haven't changed much, just a grown up kid at heart!

          Posted by:
          • Judy Wiley
          • October 4, 2010 7:01 PM

            ... actually got kicked out of a Denny's in my youth for a funny voice.

            Didn't help that the waitress' name was "Angel" ;-)

            Still doing voices, but now I get paid for it!

            Posted by:

              ...yes, ma'am--that was me answering your question in my 'Marvin the Martian' voice. I'm not angry that you caught me...just terribly, terribly hurt...!

              Posted by:

                My story is actually the opposite. I was shy and introverted as a child, and was bullied quite a bit from middle school up through high school.

                But I thrived on stage as a performer. It was cathartic for me. And my younger brother (known on voices.com as "Jon Bailey") and I imitated cartoon voices and celebrities for fun. We used to take his Fisher Price tape recorder and make audio productions of our comic books.

                And you know how parents make dinner rules that you can't put your elbows on the table or eat with your hands? Well, we weren't allowed to do voices at the table.

                But publicly, I was a closet mimic until I got to college. I was too afraid of being ridiculed by my peers prior to college to do impressions for anyone but family members.

                But I began to lose my shyness at college and became more outgoing socially. And when word got around that I did impressions, I started getting asked to perform for events on campus. And although I'd been a huge fan of cartoon voice actors from a very young age, it wasn't until I began to get encouragement from college classmates and teachers at college that I began to see voice acting as more than just entertainment and a hobby. One of my close friends told me, "Dude, you could make money doing voices!"

                And I have!

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                  I never got in trouble for it, but I used to impersonate some teachers when I was in grade school. One teacher always talked about watching the "nimbers" on the clock. So that was a popular word and a reason for kids to impersonate him. I got in trouble for other stuff. Let's just say I ate lunch outside the principals office more times that I would like to admit!

                  Posted by:

                    Every report card I got in school always said on it "too talkative" makes sense that I want to do voice acting (still haven't landed my first gig yet though).

                    I never really did impressions in school though, kinda forgot I could until one day my grandfather told me I used to do them all the time when I was about 3, so started again when I was about 16/17.

                    Posted by:
                    • Marco Tiero
                    • November 2, 2010 8:45 AM

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