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I want to be a youtube star, my scripts are brilliant, my voice is horrible

Question Posted Monday April 25 2011, 1:57 am

Everyone has a dream, and mine has been movie making since I was able to walk. I have written countless scripts that are clever and humourous, and It is my dream to have them viewed on youtube in the way I had pictured. But upon filming today I discovered my voice is disgusting, it is croaky and rough, really Aussie. I don't know what to do, its really getting me down. The hopes of success with this had pulled me out of my down spiral of the past few years and now I fear slipping back into it. I don't really know why I am asking, I guess I just feel like support, because I don't have any friends, and my parents aren't around, its hard for me to do it by myself, and something this little screwed everything up.

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bewise answered Monday April 25 2011, 4:11 am:

Dangernerd has said everything, and what a brilliant answer it was! I was reading it, saying, Yes, Yes, Yes!

So I second it all! Plus, from an audiological background, I confirm that most people really don't like the way their voices sound, as you hear your voice through your ears, but also from inside your own head. You are really used to your voice, so it will sound better to you talking normally, than when it is played back.

Embrace yourself. Be you! If somebody wanted to watch someone else, they would! You only have your unique qualities, so nurture them, grow them, and be the person only you can be!

Would love to see some of the funny scripts etc.

And agree about voice coaches, etc.

All those famous movie stars have worked long and hard to get where they are going. Hours and hours of voice training, and acting etc.

Also, have you thought about being a writer? It sounds like you enjoy that. You could try both, and see which takes off more.

Have fun!

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RoseThompson answered Monday April 25 2011, 4:08 am:
Hi DangerNerd, I didn't know how to get back to you, I wrote the question, and I just want to let you know that your answer helped me so much,
it has renewed my confidence,
you cannot imagine how so.
I would love to commend you on my channel and videos when (and hopefuly if!) they get up and running,
thankyou again, and again,
Rose :) x

Edit: Thankyou to you too Bewise! You have both brought me back from the grave almost :P I know it sounds silly, but it is my dream and you have made me more motivated, I guess I'm not too good at motivating myself, I am going to read your words whenever I need inspiration. And P.s- Yes bewise I have thought long about being a writer, I am torn between Journalism or Film Production at Uni, I guess the long run will show which I shall choose :) x

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DangerNerd answered Monday April 25 2011, 3:13 am:
First, I would like to tell you that I admire your drive and obvious passion toward making this a reality. These are the things that will make this happen.

Let me tell you a secret... everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY hates the sound of their own voice. Even when you have people around you all the time who tell you your voice is amazing, you will still hate your own voice.

How would I know? Well, I worked in radio a bit, spent some time as a DJ and have done a little voiceover work. I hate the sound of my own voice.

We are our own worst critics. Example: a young woman plunging herself further into the depths of anorexia because she thinks she is fat. Nobody else thinks she is fat... just her.

Your voice is probably just fine for what you want to do, but you dislike it so much that you are stopping yourself from succeeding in your dream.

Have you spent much time on YouTube? Look at the top earners there (yes you can make money on YouTube) and tell me your voice is worse than those which you hear there... and I will tell you you are wrong.

Most Americans, especially males, think the female Aussie accent is delightful. Trust me on this one. The thicker the better.

Again, go back to the big people on YouTube: Ray William Johnson's voice is like having a railroad spike driven through your eardrum, yet he is a YouTube millionaire.

There is no reason you should let your voice hold you back. If your scripts are good, get to it. Do some basic work and then you can collaborate with other youtubers as you go along.

If you want to improve your voice, there are study courses, training tools and vocal coaches out there... but I, personally, would like to see what you have to work with now, before you make any changes. The odds are that you have a charm to your voice that you don't know is even there.

Good luck, and don't let your fears ruin your life.

P.S. You know who is always in the top 10 money makers on YouTube? "ReallyAnnoyingOrange!" I wish I was kidding. If your voice is worse than that, get back to me and I will send you some links to voice training resources. :-)

P.P.S. When you get rolling, please send a link to your channel so we can see your work.

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