Voice acting “practise” and a “practice” idea

Voice acing practise?I know. I know. The word ‘practice’ in the title “Voice acting practise” is spelled wrong. I did it on purpose, so please, no e-mails about my poor spelling — my iMac’s spell checker already hates me. 😉

I did so because recently some people found my blog by using misspelled words such as “practise”, “voise”, and “copie” in the search engine queries. (If you’re wondering how I know, I use the free Google Analytics to get reports. Good stuff!)

With deep-seated dread in my heart, I frantically spell-checked all of my posts to see if I actually was the culprit. Thankfully, I wasn’t. But it brought about a practice idea…

How about this:

When we feel a particularly strong emotion (say… deep-seated dread when we think we’ve horribly screwed up), we whip out our handy portable voice recorder and describe exactly what is happening — including all the emotions you are feeling right then and there. You’re not trying to “act” out a scene. Just tell it like it is in your own words. (You do carry a portable voice recorder with you everywhere you go, right?)

Later, you can listen back to the recording to hear how your voice sounded; complete with all of your naturally occurring emotions. In this way you can learn how your voice really sounds when you are speaking with true emotions. You could even listen back to different “emotional events” during your practice sessions and try to recapture the feeling and the sound in your reads.

What do you think?
Is this a good way to “practise your voise acting and copie”? 😉

2 Comments

  1. Very useful and informative. This just shows the changing of our language. There are (or were) two spellings for “practice”. Practice: a ritual or way of doing things. ‘It is the practice of my people to shake hands.’ Practise: to perform a task sufficient times to become adept at it. ‘I practise my character voices every day.’ I always remember the difference between the two by the fact that there is only one ‘C’ in “Carnegie Hall”. (How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practise, practise, practise.)

  2. Steven,

    Thanks for the heads up!

    After reading your comment I checked my real hardcover dictionary and discovered that the “practice” spelling now covers both meanings. But “practise” is still a correct spelling for only the meaning of “repeat an act in order to become good at it.”

    Thanks again!
    David

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