My friends have their own business and just started paying for a voicemail system with multiple options; press 1 for service and all that. And they asked me - weirdly accented me! - to be the voice on the answering machine.
So, last night I called the number I'd been given, put in the password, and recorded myself saying the greeting and menu options into the phone. My first attempt was OK, but I thought I could do better. So I did it again, messed up, tried again, messed up somewhere else... 8 or 9 takes later I called them and asked them to check it. They came back saying it was OK, but not quite friendly enough. "Put some smile in your voice, Cath!"
I wasn't quite sure how this melded with their previous request to "put on your posh voice". So, I did my best smiley posh voice. It was truly bizarre to be talking into my phone with a voice that felt unnaturally posh and with a weird smile on my face, and it took about 12 more takes. But they say they're happy with the outcome.
So now, every time I call my friends, I hear my own voice talking back to me. It is FREAKY. Luckily I recited the menu often enough last night to have memorised the menu options that forward my call straight to my friends' two cell phones.
I wonder though - will they change the password they gave me? There is just so much fun I could have with this. "If you think [business owner] was a big meanie for thrashing Cath at Risk, press 3. If you think he should buy her a beer, press 4". The possibilities are endless.