Introduction: Unraveling the Exhilarating Voice
Exhilarating. This is one of the ways in which my voice is described on my website. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about it, but then I decided to look up the definition of this impressive sounding word. It means, “causing strong feelings of happy excitement and elation: thrilling.” (Merriam-Webster.com). Wow! Didn’t see that one coming.
Defining “Exhilarating” and Its Impact on Audiences
Then, I began thinking about one of my most recent sessions with a client. There were approximately five people on this project, and one of the reasons they wanted to work with me was because my voice was…exhilarating. Not only that, but during the recording (we were on camera), there were moments when one of the clients was swaying when I spoke (I’m giggling at this particular memory). When my clients are happy, you had better believe I experience an elation of sorts. How does one go about attaining this when voicing projects?
The Role of Expressiveness and Emotion in Voice Acting
Well, expressiveness and emotion play a role in voice acting. By trade, I was an actress and singer before I even KNEW VO was a thing! I’ve always enjoyed becoming someone other than myself. Moreso, I enjoyed how when I performed, it carried others along and caused them to emote; whether through laughter or tears, it brought me joy. This is one of the reasons why when folks tell me they have a great voice, I think to myself, “Yeah, you do! But can you act?”
Voice Acting vs. Acting: The Importance of Evoking Emotions
Possessing the ability to evoke strong emotions through speaking isn’t something that everyone can do. And you know EXACTLY what I mean! Especially when someone’s monotone voice is at the helm of a nice looooonnnggg lecture! There’s a passion that goes into voice acting that I can’t begin to describe. You just have to live it! When I get behind my Sennheiser and that script is in front of me, I mentally jump into it, and it becomes a part of me. What the heck am I talking about?
Possessing the ability to evoke strong emotions through speaking isn’t something that everyone can do.
– Krysta Wallrauch
Breathing Life into Scripts: Changing the Atmosphere
Exhilaration is about changing the atmosphere. When I embrace a script, I bring it to life for the client. See, they already have a vision for their project. I’m just a piece of the puzzle. When they begin to pair my performance with their hopes, they become more exhilarated. That’s what our voices do when we provide our skill set for our clients. We change the atmosphere. Isn’t that cool!? It’s how we breathe life into something that would otherwise feel flat and impersonal.
The Precious Gift of Bringing Exhilaration to Others
I don’t know about you, but I don’t EVER want to lose the precious gift of being able to bring exhilaration to another human being. Especially since there’s a reciprocity exchanged between me and the receiving party. How about you?