In the midst of telling other peoples’ stories, narrators can lose themselves both in the script and in knowing who they are apart from the stories they tell.
Can you relate?
Guest blogger and audiobook narrator Tim Lundeen explores this topic through his secret confession in today’s VOX Daily.
A Preface to my Confession:
There’s a powerful element of relating to people and making lifelong friends – it is the element of being Interesting. And not so much a generalist, or one who seems interested in and knowledgeable about many things. Rather, a person who in and of themselves is Interesting. Of course, that would be best discerned and expressed through communication (how humans relate to other humans).
One good sign of an interesting individual is that he or she tends to have an interesting perspective or insight, interesting things to say, interesting stories to tell from their own life. One who isn’t constantly trying to live vicariously through the stories of others, but is able to dream their own dreams and build their own legacy…
So here’s my secret Confession:
Working in the realm of narration, with words and manuscripts and ideas and imagination, all developed and compiled by ‘other’ people, other interesting people … I frequently wonder to myself, “do I have anything worth saying? can I really and truly tell a story of my own that is interesting?” (without reading it from a script)
It’s a sobering thought (at least to me). It goes hand in hand with the feeling I get whenever someone says, Oh you do voice over! or, Oh you’re a narrator! How “interesting” ! And I wonder. Sure the work is interesting, but am I? And I confess that is something I fear, a doubt I feel often.
As a narrator, I strive to understand Storytelling; from its impact on day-to-day living, to its invincibility across the epic of history. Yet, its not just about vivacious vocabulary or linguistic legerdemain. I believe each person’s life is an important story. I pray mine is always a story worth living; an “interesting” story, and that I’m capable of sharing it.
Be interesting, a story worth telling.
About Tim Lundeen
Tim Lundeen’s career in audiobooks has encompassed most every aspect of the business. He has narrated both fiction and non-fiction across multiple genres; and his ongoing experience in the recording studio as producer, director, engineer and editor has equipped him with the expertise needed in grasping the nuances of great story-telling. Both national and international publishers have found his low key narration style captivating to their listeners. Tim and his family live in a suburb of Chicago, IL.
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