It’s been an exciting last few weeks since the announcement of the Asia Podcast Summit!
My phone is a job. I have a hate and love relationship with it.
It’s like carrying a pocket TV with my favorite channels in my pocket. Except that these channels are social media and the shows are my friends.
I love them, but it’s not worth being bombarded with drama and news all the time. With 24 hours of attention at my leisure, I’ll always feel like crap when I spend it going down the YouTube rabbit hole or liking puppy photos on Facebook.
So, let’s use social media to my advantage:
I have been writing so much in my spare time that it became difficult to distinguish between good and bad – I could write utter crap one time and something compelling in another.
As daily practice became the norm, so did the need for structure: a set of rules that I should follow to make the most of my writing.
Recently, I shared them with someone close and it made me think: why do I keep it to myself? What value is there to hoard everything in my head? I can show the world how I think. Others may need it. Opportunity may come that way.
Welcome to the Tempered Fables, my name is N.T. Cloever. Come, sit by the fire; Let me tell you a story.Tempered Fables
I love this word. Narrator.
The first image that comes to mind is the Hundred Acre Wood, with John Cleese’s warm voice narrating the introduction.
This could be the room of any small boy, but it just happens to belong to a boy named Christopher Robin. Like most small boys, Christopher Robin has toy animals to play with, and they all live together in a wonderful world of make-believe. But his best friend is a bear called Winnie the Pooh, or Pooh, for short. Now, Pooh had some very unusual adventures, and they all happened right here in the Hundred-Acre Wood.
It’s meant to be a children’s show. For kids. With a narrator like that, anyone can enjoy it! I love looking back at WInnie the Pooh cartoons sometimes. They’re just so wholesome.
But let’s get back to John Cleese’s role, ie. the voice behind the story.
Why is he there? If his voice didn’t exist, could we still the enjoy the show?
Actors are the same whether on or off-screen: there’s a character in their heads, and they must perform it. For those on stage, there are cameras and an audience looking. For voice actors, there’s the producers, directors, and others in the recording studio.
I wish I knew these things before diving into the voice acting world. Something fun became an obsession, and now it’s something highly involved with my life. These apply even if there isn’t a microphone at the ready:
In case you may not know, my initials are N.T.C.
During the day, I like to read about different industries and fields: tech, finance, travel, languages, culture.
Side note, I love to talk about polymaths. That’s my thing.
These are mainly for curiosity’s sake, to understand various real-world things. Maybe I can apply them in some way.
At night is when the creative side comes out: N.T. Cloever. Well actually, it’s early morning, that’s when I’d write.
Anyways, when I create something, this guy comes out. He’s the pen name of all the weird, fantasy, strange, unusual thoughts that come out of me.
But where did he come from?
When I craft my episodes, I like to believe that every sound effect, sound bite, and voice line is made for a specific purpose. Not only that, every sound bite that I don’t use as well: this includes the silence, the gaps, the lack of wet mouth noises (we don’t like those right haha!).
Let’s go through each one:
Speeches make and move the world. They are performances: tests for any man, woman and child to show their conviction. They need to, in order to move the crowd. They want to, because that is who they are.
When you do a speech, you’re not speaking to one person. You speak to nations. You speak to markets. You speak to voices of their own. You speak to the lives, burdens and emotions of people.