I’ve had voice actors on the brain and in my ears with all the fiction podcasts I listen to, and I noticed the other day that some of these voice actors SUCK at laughing. On Wolf 359, which I love, only ONE of the actors is any good at making his character’s laughter sound real. Thankfully, he plays two characters. When the others laugh, it’s painfully obvious that it’s fake, and one of them is so bad I almost can’t listen. It’s just as well that that guy plays a minor character AND he’s an uber-bad guy, so I only feel a little bad for not liking him.
I’m judging them for their bad fake laughter, but it’s not like I could do any better. I don’t think I could be a voice actor. I feel strange just reading things out loud. I don’t do voices or accents, although I’d like to, not that either of those are requirements for voice actors. I suppose I’d get better if I practiced.
I could never be an actor at all, I think. I mean, the biggest obstacle is that I can’t act. I can’t say I’ve tried much, but I pretty much suck at it. And I get weird when someone points a video camera at me. (Weird in still photos, sure, but WEIRDER on video.) Not on purpose – I just can’t help it. Again, though, I imagine practice would help.