Friday, August 8, 2008

Yet another alternative career for me

Voice actor.

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.

8 comments:

  1. Wow. That would be freaky to call a friend and hear my own voice back at me.

    And I totally understand why they'd hire you for a voice actor... North Americans really have a thing for UK accents, and as a native North American, I can say that yours sounds very "cool" and "exotically posh" indeed. (Though you probably hate hearing that!)

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  2. I know - I even hate hearing my own voice on echoey long-distance lines, so it will take a lot of getting used to!

    I don't hate hearing that my accent is cool, exotic or posh (thank you by the way!)- I just find it baffling given how most Brits would perceive it!

    Lovely to talk to you last night BTW - sorry I had to cut it short but my dinner was very important too!

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  3. Yes, especially when it's covered in melted cheese, as so many of my creations are.

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  4. Hehe, yes they really have given you a tremendous power!

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  5. O.M.G. That is on my list of Top Five Dream Jobs. I'm so envious. seriously.

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  6. You should totally put "excellent smiley posh voice" on your resume for your next voice acting position! :-)

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  7. Unbalanced Reaction, yes, and I may have to use it once the English Premiership football starts. "If you think [friend's team] are shite, press 1. If you think Newcastle United will kick their ass this season, press 2".

    Eco, I am really, really intrigued. May I ask the obvious question? Erm, why?!

    Mad Hatter, the problem is that I can't keep it up for any length of time. They might just spot this at the interview / audition.

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