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Dum di dum...

Last week was a quiet one on the voice over front for me. (Twiddles thumbs) Which is frustrating. I did go to perform at Hull Comedy Festival, but that's not why we're here.

It seems you can email, call, be-friend, follow, tweet, #hashtag, link-in, google, like and poke everyone and their mother*, sometimes you're just not the right voice for the job.

*Please don't poke my mother she's married. And has terrible balance... 

I'm not going to hide it. Such is life. Good weeks and bad weeks. Ups and downs. I mean, I disagree of course. I think my voice is right for many things. I dunno, like... 

the odd commercial?

or a bit of the old IVR... 

maybe I could help with your animation... 

or be a russian spy or american officer for some gaming... 

even acting, I do that too, for radio drama... 

Now the astute amongst you will notice that I've cleverly used this blog to present my demos. "Whaaaat? I didn't even notice?!" "Who saw that coming?" "Subtle, Nic" Thanks, Bob. Apparently you've got to keep bigging yourself up in this game. Spreading your talents and letting people know you are available (not like that, cheeky...) But it's sooooo odd. Spending your days contacting complete strangers to tell them you're great at stuff. Professional showing off, as it were. I've always struggled with this. Even when I was a child in dance competitions. I never used to smile when I was dancing in case someone thought I was showing off. Much to my mother's dismay. She tried to paint a smile on my face with lipstick once. That went well. Just a shame I wasn't dancing to the theme from *Batman. 

(*tenuous link to resembling the Joker, with his big red smile...anyway)

I guess it's about finding the right balance of being confident in what you can do and remaining humble. So not so much a case of;

"LOOK AT ME! I'M GOOD WITH MY VOICE. IT CAN BE JUST WANT YOU NEED IT TO BE. IF CARLSBERG DID VOICEOVERS THEY BE BY ME AND THEY'D BE THE BEST etc..!" 

And more of a case of the old; 

"Hello. I'm polite, hard working, committed and people like to work with me as they come back for more. I'm sure we can work together to get your brand/company/message/animation sounding excellent." 

Now, if you'd like to get in touch  that'd be great. I'll just be in my happy place. Cleaning the fridge. And eating crisps.

Bye for now.*

*Paints smile on face and awaits receipt of mass emails

(Disclaimer: That was a self indulgent blog from Nicola 'The Voice' Redman. Normal service will resume shortly. Next week. When a blog with some useful  information is crafted.)