“you should do it THIS way!”

audio'connell's voice over workshop

It is possible that you didn’t know it so I’ll tell you: I know everything!

I’ve known that I’ve known everything for many, many years….ever since people started calling me: Mister Knowitall. The opinions I’ve expressed have evidently cemented my expertise in the minds of many. We all have burdens in life and this, evidently is mine.

Except for the fact that as I have aged, gracefully as it has been (ha!), I know just how much I do not know. This has been ever so helpful when teaching audio’connell’s Voice Over Workshop.

When you teach these workshops, you’re supposed to be a kind of savant, a guru, all knowing and all seeing. I feel like I’m 95% when teaching the workshops as far as knowledge but that 5% keeps me honest.

Which is why I was heartened to hear from a Voice Over Workshop student about how she enjoyed how I teach (which, again, I’m not a teacher…those people are really smart and have pensions and stuff…I’m a voice over consigliere…I share everything I know about voice over based on what a person wants to learn).

Her specific point was that I helped her find her OWN way into the proper voice over performance. Through targeted questions, I made her focus on the script, the audience, the message…but she had to define the answers, she had to reach the conclusions herself…the revelations, the epiphanies have to be self-actualized, not handed to her.

That’s where the learning comes in…otherwise it’s just recitation of somebody else’s concepts. “Do it THIS way…it’s the best way!” Well, in some parts of life that’s true, but in performance art – specifically voice over here, I don’t think that’s always the most effective teaching, method (remember, I AM Mister Knowitall).

As a student, to feel as if you’ve come to a true understanding or arrived at a parcel of knowledge on your own terms is more gratifying and it’s more memorable …which I believe is the point of any lesson, ain’t it?

Yet everybody learns differently so I guess my question to you is: do you prefer the journey to knowledge or do you just want to be told….as it relates to voice over?

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