Updated: Apr 29, 2018

As a voice-actor, I wish to dabble in all things related to it, so that means audio-book narration! This was my very first audio-book so in order for me to perform the narration well, I had to get invested into the story and this definitely sucked me in! You'll get no spoilers from me but I'll supply the summary and tell you what I got from this book while reading it.

"Teach Me to Prey" is about a teacher named Rebecca Stewart and how she is emotionally and mentally abused by a few of her students. One of them even tries to make advances on her but through sheer will and dedication to her work, she turns him down and proceeds to graduation day! But it doesn't end there...oh no. One of her tormentors is found murdered and so she's hauled in for questioning...while pregnant. That's all you get from me, hehe!

This was an extremely enlightening read for me as it gave me a glimpse of the drama teachers have to go through all the time...What's worse? The situations that occur in this book are probably just a few examples of what educators have to deal with on a day to day basis. It made me think back to when I was in middle school and how often some of the students would give our teachers a bunch of grief. I will admit that sometimes I had to tell one of the other students to 'shut up' so the teacher could talk because some teachers are just SO nice. Because I was narrating this book, I've had many talks with the author and she's shared some stories with me on how she and other teachers she knew didn't get much respect from not only some students but from the administration. The story really opened my eyes to how underappreciated and devoted teachers are. Many of them put their own money into helping young ones learn! If you ask me, their job is one of the most important professions out there because they help shape young folk's futures. For some, they're like another parent or a really good friend, someone to aspire to or even simply talk to.

I hope that one day, we can give educators the respect, appreciation, and security they deserve!

(Book brushes/stamps used in decorative image at the top were created by the talented Lileya. All credit goes to her for those!)

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Every artist needs tools to succeed and voice-artists are no exception. In fact, I'd be inclined to say that we rely on tools more so than others (though that will strongly depend on the profession)! Most voice-actors have their preferences in microphones and it's a good idea to look into several reviews about different microphones so you can decide which one sounds the best to you! However, I've been using my MXL 4000 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Microphone for a couple of years now and if you've checked out my SoundCloud...well, you can see why I'm happy with it! I know a lot of voice-artists just starting off go for cheaper options such as the Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone, Cardioid or the Blue Yeti USB Microphone! From what I've heard from fellow voice-actors, they're good little guys who do the job pretty well. But the difference in quality between a studio microphone and a USB one is extremely noticeable. It is important to note though, that if you do get yourself a studio mic, you get yourself an interface to go with it and the necessary cables! Myself? I've been using the Steinberg UR12 USB Audio Interface. Simple, easy to use and understand, plus this bundle gives you a nice little headset and appropriate wires! The next thing you'll need to get yourself is software. I personally have two! One is the oh so popular Audacity (It's free so this is an okay one to start with but eventually, you're going to want to upgrade to a different software such as Adobe Audition) and the other is the software I got with my Steinberg interface. Check out this voice-actor's sample on the difference between Audacity and Adobe Audition here! It's very enlightening. But as I said, there are plenty of good options out there, so make sure you check out the reviews, and see the pros/cons of different types of recording software (I know I will!). ❤

It is really important that you get a quality microphone because it wouldn't matter how beautiful your voice is or how incredible your acting is...if the sound quality is inadequate, you could be dismissed from potential roles just for that!

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The human voice is arguably the most powerful and influential instrument of them all. Not only are we able to breathe life into a character that didn't have a voice of their own, but we can bend, twist, manipulate it into sounds both foreign and familiar for all sorts of entertainment. Voice-acting isn't just about making funny voices! It is the very thing that whisks you away into a world of fantasy, immersing you into something that may be very different from your reality but communing to you emotions that are relatable. Voice-acting is what makes the connection between us and the characters we love, even though they aren't 'real'. But it isn't because of the 'voice' part...yes, having a pleasant voice is definitely helpful, but what really does the trick, is the acting! But what makes one wish to go into voice-acting? Well I can't speak for other voice-actors, but I'll tell you why I did!

What was it that drew me into voice-over? Honestly, it was a combination of things! I have been heavily influenced by voice-actors all my life but in truth, I didn't realize this until I just became a young adult. Disney animated movies, my love for singing, video-games, anime, cartoons, reading...they helped shape me into who I am today. All of it inspired me to create my own characters and to give each of them their own voice using just my own but manipulating it to how I envisioned them to sound, plus I draw, hehe. These things even encouraged me to try my hand at world-building and dabble in writing! But something I've noticed, is the more I delve into the depths of my imagination for this craft , the more spiritual I become and the more I realize just how transcendental voice-over can be. It was because of courageous individuals who used their voice that contributed to making incredible and much needed changes throughout history, and I aspire one day to do the same, even if it's just one person I help or connect with. Our voices hold power and as Uncle Ben from Spider-man said, "With great power, comes great responsibility..." which I believe in wholeheartedly. I mean, look at the Dragonborn from Skyrim, he/she is able to send people flying just from a "Fus Roh Da!".

´*•.¸ Yes, voice-actors entertain, but they can also make change. ¸.•*´

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