By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 11, 2011
Have you ever thought about the power of a smile?
What about when it comes to voice acting?
Find out how the simple and pleasurable act of smiling not only makes you feel better but also puts a sparkle in your voice in today's VOX Daily.
One of my favourite songs my grandmother used to sing to me was called When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. There's a line in the song that goes "...when your sweet lilting laughter's like some fairy song, and your eyes twinkle bright as can be..."
This phrase got me thinking. If eyes can twinkle, cannot the same be said for the human voice, and if so, how does that work?
The solution is simple... smile!
Whenever you hear a voice artist smiling through their read, the world does seem to be a better place for it.
Aside from being a brilliant way to cut plosives, smiling makes you happy and has the welcome side effect of spreading joy through your instrument that affects others in a positive way.
For those in casting, the humble smile could be what determines who gets the gig. A pleasant voice bearing a genuine read buoyed by happiness just might be the "je ne sais quoi" that the client was looking for. Most people aren't listening for smiles, but when they hear them, those reads tend to win people over because they touch the heart.
Let's take a look at these lyrics from the chorus of When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. See if you can draw any parallels between the references to smiling eyes and how the lyrics might also translate regarding a smiling voice:
When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away.
à¹ Can people hear the angels sing, or at least feel uplifted, when I read?
à¹ Am I able to persuade someone's heart to do good with my voice?
à¹ Does my voice have a freshness to it that shines through when I perform?
A smile, when truly meant and heartily felt, comes across with an authenticity and warmth that money cannot buy.
Even if you don't sound the part of a linnet bird, smiling will make an impact. As the song says, you should laugh all the while and all other times smile. Sounds like some sound advice, doesn't it?
While I acknowledge that not all voice over projects will call for a particular gleam in your eye or sparkle in your voice, particularly serious works and the like, incorporating smiling into your routine can be quite beneficial for a number of reasons, both professional and personal.
How has smiling helped you when voice acting? Be sure to let us know!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Vox Daily offers a daily dose of voice acting news, articles, tutorials, interviews, intelligent conversation and business ideas for voice talent and voice actors.
Becoming a voice actor, working from your own home recording studio and auditioning for voice-over jobs is within your reach!