By Stephanie Ciccarelli
February 2, 2011
Voice acting affords many opportunities to record for projects that are meaningful to you.
Even if you aren't booking a large quantity of work of this kind from other people, isn't it wonderful to know that you can still record it on your own and use your gifts as a voice artist to extend yourself beyond what others might have in store?
Learn more in today's VOX Daily.
A song on the radio inspired this post. I've heard it sung many times before, and as I sat up late last night, I got to thinking that its message may resonate with people in a position to shine light or raise awareness through communications.
The song is called "Go Light Your World," written and sung by Kathy Troccoli. Chris Rice also sings Troccoli's song quite beautifully. Rice's version is the one I've been hearing on the radio. The chorus goes like this:
"Carry your candle, run to the darkness,
Seek out the helpless, confused and torn.
Hold out your candle for all to see it,
Take your candle and go light your world."
We all have zeal for causes that are important to us whether they be related to social justice, curing a disease, or for some, answering the call to be a light in the darkness.
Even if you aren't booking this kind of work regularly, you can create your own opportunities to reach those you'd like to send word to. Some examples I can think of are public service announcements recorded freely by voice talent for Hurricane Katrina, the devastating earthquake and health issues in Haiti and many other tragedies that have befallen the world, including natural disasters and those that are man made.
Is there an organization, group of people or even a country that you feel especially drawn toward? The most vulnerable in society need someone to advocate and give them a voice that can be heard above the crowd. Traditionally these are the unborn, children, people who have disabilities and the elderly.
You might feel drawn toward particular issues. I remember when the late Diana, Princess of Wales, campaigned for the banning of landmines and her tour of Angola in January 1997. Princess Diana was also deeply concerned with and cared for people who had AIDS, focusing her strength on this cause for over a decade. Although she was someone of means and well known, she was better known still in the end for being a woman of heart. While you may not be royalty, you can still make an impact, raise awareness and extend influence through your message.
Just as it is important to have a message, it is also important to stay on message and be clear about what the goal of the message is. Being a voice for those who have no voice could be exactly what you are here to do.
Are you recording voice overs that mean more to you than just a paycheck?
Be sure to let me know!