Voice acting was once a relatively minuscule world that involved about the equivalent of a small village full of people, and after a few decades, it’s still a small world yet voice over is even more intimately connected!
How many degrees of separation are there between you and your voice over colleagues?
6 Degrees of Separation
You may have heard that there are 6 degrees of separation between you and any other person on the planet. For instance, there could be 6 degrees (or relationship connections with other people) that separate you from a childhood hero, the person at the top of your game or royalty.
In voice over, we’ve found that the distance between voice actors in people in the biz is quite a bit shorter, perhaps 1 to 3 degrees between any two people. This goes back to why it is so important to have be involved in the voice over community and build connections by participating through blogs, podcasts, forums, online social networks and going to live events.
Everyone you know knows someone else that you may wish to be acquainted with or can direct you to someone who can get you there.
Thanksgiving Dinner = 1 Degree of Separation
Last week, New York voice actor Harry Scott was having Thanksgiving dinner in the company of some relatives and extended family. Little did he know that he’d become 1 degree away from a fellow voice actor, Ed Victor, who hails from the state of Florida, through a guest he chatted with at his aunt and uncle’s house.
I just found out on Thanksgiving, while at my aunt and uncle’s house, that (follow this here, if you can… haha), my aunt’s brother-in-law’s wife (Belinda), is Ed Victor’s niece. Belinda was floored when she heard that I was a voice talent, and started talking about her Uncle Ed who is in the business. I tell ya, small world.
Just How Small of a World is VO? Ever Experienced Something Similar?
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Looking forward to hearing some interesting tales,