Ali and I have both recently been voice directing kids – not for Creative Content, but for other projects – and we’ve been comparing notes. The general consensus is that it’s a blast – but there are some funny moments.
For example: for publicity purposes, I recently had to interview a couple of child voice artists on camera. The little girl was like a 7 year old Joan Crawford, but it was a bit different with the boy... oh what the heck. I’ll do it as a play.
(Names have been changed, to protect the adorable...)
LORELEI: "Harry, when I ask you a question, can you answer in whole sentences?"
LORELEI: "So if I say, 'what character do you play,' you say, 'The character I play is Josh'. Got that?"
LORELEI: "Whole sentences."
LORELEI: "'The character I play is Josh,' okay?"
LORELEI: "So what character do you play, Harry?"
LORELEI: "Whole sentences, Harry. 'The character I play is Jo--"
LORELEI: "Yes. That's the idea. So what character do you play, Harry?"
LORELEI: "Well, what's the worst thing about playing Josh?"
Silence for ten seconds.
HARRY: "Having to take the Victoria Underline."
I’ve been working with children a lot the past couple of years - and have come to the conclusion that WC Fields gave bad advice. I say DO work with children if given the chance – you may find that they’re more courteous, creative and focused than many adults you work with. And as a bonus: I’ve never laughed so much or had so much fun....
Do you work with kids? How do you find it?