MY JOURNEY INTO VOICEOVERS WITH ERIC STONE
Chris Borden, Voice Over Artist
before I first began to take lessons from Eric, I knew I wanted
to be a voice over artist, but I felt I was going nowhere because
of the poor instruction I received in the year or so before. I
told him what direction I thought I wanted to take, but it was
clear after our first session in February I practically needed
to start over. Eric took an interest in me immediately by listening
to my goals yet promising -- as I requested -- brutal honesty
about my abilities.
From the outset, Eric challenged me with new and interesting material
as well as routine commercials. Though I was slow to master the
skill of acting -- and blissfully unaware of what I was doing
-- Eric was patient, patient, patient, week after week, repetition
after repetition. If I stank, he told me. As I improved, he let
me know, even if it took five or 10 reads to get it "right.''
I never saw a hint of frustration in him, and I always felt he
believed in me.
One of the most important connections Eric has taught me is the
importance of capturing emotion in voice over and helping me overcome
my fears and insecurities, thereby becoming comfortable with putting
myself out there as an actor.
By about the fourth or fifth lesson, I felt truly inspired and
valued as a potential voice over artist, and I was having FUN.
I struggled for weeks to get into myself, but now after only nine
sessions, I have learned to let go and just do it. I can credit
Eric's unbridled dedication, professionalism, enthusiasm and inspiration
for helping me to realize that I do have what it takes and that
I will succeed.
Thank you, Eric.
You are more than a mere coach; you are a patient, caring and
trusting friend. You have changed my life.
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