The voice over that made a dream come true? Have you lost the plot, little bird?! Well, it’s not every day that someone extends an invitation you can’t resist. It’s not every day that someone writes a blog about you. And it’s not every day that you send an audio file off to someone and they tell you:
But then it’s not every day that you have the opportunity to make a dream come true. I know, this may all sound a bit crazy (ok, I’m being polite, insert expletive of choice here), but I’m not making any of this stuff up.
I follow a talented American copywriter on social media.
He writes about advertising and about life. His pieces are always interesting, thought-provoking and funny, too. There’s a dark magic to his work, though I don’t think he realises it. His name’s Jeff Eaker. Anyway, I happened to comment on one of his posts a while ago, and to my amazement, he replied:
“I just listened to your demo reel. You are a magnificent talent. Perhaps my favorite thing in advertising is recording a VO talent. I absolutely love directing those sessions. It’s so much fun to be a part of that process. It takes a while to get the hang of directing a VO talent. I was very lucky to have had several great mentors who taught me how to do it. Oh please, someday when you’re really bored, record yourself reading a sample of my writing from the blog. I would be so honored and interested to hear what my words would sound like through your voice. Apologies for being so forward. I know your time is far too valuable for nonsense such as this. But a man can dream. And a man can speak of what he dreams of. Have a wonderful day Sara. Thanks so much for the kind words.”
Well, as I said, it’s not often you have the opportunity to make a dream come true.
And it’s not often you have such wonderful writing to play with. I was recovering from a vile sickness bug when I perused Jeff’s treasure trove of blogs, ironically called Kingdom of Failure. After just a few minutes I came across an absolute gem, just waiting to be voiced. My heart beat a little faster, and I knew resistance was futile.
The moment I felt well enough, I slipped into the booth & began voicing.
It was like a musical score. Everything was there for me. The notes, the tempo, the rhythm, the dynamics. I just had to allow myself to enter that room and sit at the typewriter. I could see it all so clearly, hear the whirr of the fan, sense the cobwebs, the history and the silence. It was an absolute joy to bring that score to life.
Hit play, sit back and listen…
You can also read The Man Who Sits Alone Typing,
And you can see what Jeff has to say about Finding your Voice – and this rather beautiful creative exchange if you fancy, too.
I’m all for collaboration.
Sometimes it’s good to write something, record something, create something, do something ‘just because’. Call it a passion project, call it what you like, this stuff feeds the soul. It creates beautiful new connections and takes you on unimagined journeys.
It can even make dreams come true.
Whatever next? Over to you…