Help – who stole my ‘off’ switch?

I can’t watch TV, films, or listen to the radio any more.

Ok – well it’s not so much I can’t do it, it’s just that when I do, I’m often listening to the vocal track and thinking:

“How does that sound?”
“I wonder where they recorded it?”
“How would I have done that?”
“Why does that ’emphasis’ work on that word?”
“Why did they choose that sound effect?”

I suppose it’s great that my mind is ensuring I am learning and reviewing things all the time – to develop my voiceover skills.

BUT – it wears me out, and makes it hard to engage with the piece sometimes, particularly if I spot something perhaps a little off or just plain weird.

Still it could be worse; at the moment I am keeping these thoughts to myself – I am worried about when I take the next step, and begin answering those questions out loud to my partner – MOVIE BORE ALERT!

So this week, I have a question for you – what is your technique for switching off?

How do you ensure that the whirring cogs of your brain don’t get in the way of a bit of R+R when it comes to film, tv and (toughest for me) radio?

Or am I alone in this – and losing my marbles a bit?

Answers on a postcard to:

Steve O’Neill’s Lost His Marbles

Or alternatively any helpful suggestions could be kindly put in the comments section at the top where it says ‘leave a reply’ 

(Any unhelpful suggestions will also be considered – for research purposes of course)

Have a GREAT day



7 thoughts on “Help – who stole my ‘off’ switch?

  1. gterzza

    I do both Steve by leaving the switch halfway. If there’s a programme I really like, I hardly notice the voice over (always a good sign, you shouldn’t be concentrating on the voice) but if it’s something I’m not taking much interest in then I ten to home in on the VO.

    1. steveoneillvoice Post author

      Gary thank you for the reply, I appreciate you taking the time to do it. Funnily enough I tend to have less of a problem where it’s Film for example, but radio is really challenging given the single-natured medium of the audio.
      However, I was watching a film the other day, one I saw before I got into VO, I love the film, and a scene was shot in a big glass filled bright sounding car showroom – but the dialogue was clearly recorded in a dry booth. It meant that the reality of the scene was lost for me because my switch went into full ‘on’!

      I guess it’s one side effect of having been exposed to the wizard behind the curtain!

      Thanks again for the reply Gary, I misread it first and thought you’d written “…I leave halfway” and wondered how you would enjoy anything! Ha – the perils of reading stuff too early in the morning!

      1. gterzza

        Yes I agree Steve – it really does stand out when the dubbed acoustics don’t match what’s on screen. There’s a mickey-take of that on the cult show Garth Merehghi’s Dark Place, well worth seeking out.

  2. Dale Latham

    I don’t know IF it CAN be turned off, at least in my case. I find that I tend to analyze spots to death. I thought I had a problem, but see there are others like me. Sometimes, I am just short of taking notes on the darned things. (Ok- cats out of the bag) You are not alone!

    For me, what I have done to prevent always nit-pickin’ and focusing (ON- neg-.) on ‘what’s bad about…”, I seek out really well done spots and demos to glean (ON- pos+.) ‘what’s really good about…’ and use those to build my (OFF- prod+.) mental picture. Now that being said, I have been guilty of laying awake (ON- again) at night, while planning my attack on a piece, because of the ‘possibilites-overload’ caused by learning more and more each day. But, that’s a good thing, IMO!

    1. steveoneillvoice Post author

      Dale – that’s a really interesting perspective.

      Thank you for your reply – I’m glad there’s more of us, maybe we should start a support group! Ha!



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