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“Last Kiss” by the itch

Something goes horribly wrong and a man is caught inside an industrial machine. As his colleagues scramble to figure out a way to set him free, he shares a quiet moment with his beloved wife.

Credits

Written by the itch:
http://www.theitchwrites.com

Performance: Jeff Clement

Audio Production: Jeff Clement

Music: Jeff Clement

 

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“Soft White Damn” by M.J. Pack

A housebound alcoholic waits out a snow storm while trying to stave off his boredom. A knock at the window could mean a friendly visitor or something much more sinister…

Warning: not for the faint of heart or people who don’t like snow

Credits

Written by M.J. Pack:
http://mj-pack.com
http://facebook.com/mjpackauthor
http://twitter.com/megslice
http://thoughtcatalog.com/m-j-pack

Performance: Jeff Clement

Audio Production: Jeff Clement

Music: Jeff Clement

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“The Grook” by Captain FrightNite

A woman recounts the circumstances that lead to her infection. The day she met The Grook, everything changed…

Credits

Written by Captain Frightnite:
https://www.youtube.com/user/CaptainFrightNite

Performance: Jeff Clement

Audio Production: Jeff Clement

Music: Jeff Clement

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“I’m a narrator.” No, you’re not.

“I’m a narrator.”

No, you’re not, actually.

When you sit down in front of a microphone with a script or story and you record your voice, you’re a voice actor. Maybe not a professional voice actor, but a voice actor nonetheless.

Make no mistake: it doesn’t matter if you’re voicing a cartoon or being the voice of a corporate video, you’re always a character. A narrator is a role in a cast. The cast might only consist of that one role, but you’re still a character in it. So when you tell people “I’m a narrator” like it’s a profession, what you’re actually saying is “I’m absolving myself of needing to tell you this story in an engaging way and you shouldn’t expect a decent performance from me.” I’m sorry, but you’re not getting off the hook with that.

Is it semantics? No. It’s not. Being an actor – whether it’s on the stage, on the screen, or through someone’s headphones – is a responsibility to breathe life and meaning into a narrative. Your audience, whether they know it or not, wants to form a connection with you. That’s an inherent part of being human. A voice actor, playing the role of a narrator, uses all the same tools a stage or screen actor does: careful enunciation and delivery, correct pronunciation, vocal dynamics, emotion, timing, intonation, even physicality! You transform into the character of the storyteller. When you do that, it’s not a narration, it’s a performance.

Do you as an audience member want to hear someone tell you a story in a sterile, wooden way that lacks emotion or any kind of connection? No! Why would you waste your time and set yourself up to be bored and disinterested? So if you do this kind of thing for fun and especially if you do it professionally, when someone asks you what you do, don’t say “I’m a narrator.” Instead tell them “I’m a voice actor. I play a narrator in audio productions.”

You are not a narrator. You are an actor.

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