A few years ago when I was a fulltime writer/producer, I used to read quite a few ‘character’ reads. Now days as a fulltime producer, that has really slowed down since I don’t write for ME anymore. I guess that was one of the luxuries, as a radio writer, producer & voice guy, I got to write for my strengths, these days I need to really try to sell the fact that I can pull off these different character styles.
I really love the opportunity to act, which we’ve heard over the last few weeks with some of the great copy I’ve been able to read, but getting to act as a character is just that little more challenging. Check some of my older characterisations on the Voices page.
Last week one of my old team, Peter Laurie, now Creative Director at Sunshine Coast Radio Centre, sent me a script to be a ‘snooty Professor type’. This characterisation came easy for some reason, and it was fun! I’ve included the ‘snooty Professor’ plus another script from Peter, a straight read, below. The direction on the straight read was to read quite ‘deadpan’ …but not too much. Please take a listen to both and leave your thoughts.