by Kate McClanaghan, www.voiceoverinfo.com

Before you even open your mouth to utter your first syllable?before you even set foot in the booth or on a set or stage?know that there?s
already an internal monologue going on inside your little noggin. In fact, I can hear it all the way over here like some small child banging on
a tin pan with a hammer and?what?s that? It?s assessing and coloring your every move.

That head of yours is going to keep chatting away whether you like it or not. The ultimate point here is that you can?t tell yourself how not to
do something!

Say it. Go on?say it out loud. You can?t tell yourself how NOT to do something. It?s fruitless. If you do, you are concentrating on how you
DON?T want the spot to go and, as a result, that is precisely how your performance actually will go. Mark my words.?

I call it ?banana directing.? As if you?re telling yourself, ?Whatever you do, don?t think of a banana.?

What did I tell you? You?ve got a big, bright, shiny yellow one dangling there in the ether, now don?t ya?

You?re brain doesn?t register the ?don?t? when you?re telling yourself how to do something. It only gets ?banana.? Same goes for
performance?if you?re directed to ?Keep the beginning just like it was, but DON?T go up on the word 'pupil',? you?re going to have to tell
yourself to go down on the word pupil. Reverse the flow, as it were.

How does that work? Well, on the average, you don?t generally tell a computer how NOT to do something. And what you have up there
between your ears happens to be the most effective computer you?ve got at your access; your brain. In fact every computer on the planet is
based on that one! Therefore, you have to tell it how you want the read to go?not the other way around! Whatever elements you want to
employ into your delivery, be sure you run down your mental checklist prior to going into the next read, tell yourself what you want in the
delivery and then just GO! Be decisive! That?s how this whole performance thing really works.

What?s that? All this seems a bit simplistic? Well, try it! Go ahead. I dare you. There?s power in simplicity. Never underestimate it.

The reason this consistently works so well is simply because that?s how your 'noodle' operates. You have to tell it how to do something, not
how NOT to do something.

I realize I?m repeating myself?but I?m trying to make a point here. ?It?s simply the truth.

And you?ll want to keep this in mind during your next performance?especially when you find yourself doing take after take after take, and
the entire experience starts to become something of a surreal event. (They often do.) How many fresh takes of the word ?if? can you do
while staying completely out of your head? This is the degree of difficulty we're up against as talent.

A recording booth can become something of a sensory deprivation tank if you?re not careful. And as talent, we?re expected to keep our
imagination engaged and our delivery playful and spontaneous.

So, have fun! It's?contagious. And it 'reads'! ??d


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