During good times and difficult ones, storytelling is so important in so many ways. Stories help connect us and have no geographical boundaries. They are magical, allowing us to use our imaginations. As well, they transport us to a different time and place. They allow us to experience different cultures, characters and experiences that we may never get to live in our own lives.
We tell stories that are happy, sad, informative, inspirational, historical and the list goes on and on. Stories are not only an outlet for the creator, but also allow others to empathize or to live vicariously through them, whether they be written or verbal. They give us hope and allow us to share history and to learn from them. In addition, stories help us heal, whether as the storyteller or as the audience.
Storytelling allows us as humans to share a bit of ourselves, lives, experiences, thoughts, beliefs, imagination and creativity.
Stories that Need to be Told
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that the last two years have been pretty difficult for many people, all over the world, due to the pandemic. Alas, we now have the invasion of Ukraine to add to the sadness and heartbreak.
For those of us living through the pandemic, we will have numerous stories, good and bad, to tell future generations. From the panic buying and hoarding of toilet paper, to the heroic stories of our frontline workers. These and so many other stories of the pandemic will be remembered because they will be recorded and passed on through time.
The same goes for war stories. Not only are the stories of the atrocities in Ukraine being recorded by official news outlets, but also by regular people. Storytelling is such an important and powerful medium for those who are being oppressed.
Storytelling – Then and Now
Humans have always been storytellers, throughout our existence. Storytelling comes in so many forms, including oral traditions, artwork and the written word.
With today’s technology so readily available, many are taking advantage and using it to tell their own stories through blogs, social media posts, vlogs and podcasts. Once upon a time, we needed a publisher, film or TV producer, or an official news outlet to be able to share our stories with the world. Advancements in technology and changes in how people consume information has allowed everyone and anyone to share their stories.
Voice Overs = Storytelling
As voice actors, we are oral storytellers. We use our voices to tell stories, using the written words of the author or copywriter. We use many different techniques, following written or verbal direction, and give it our own unique flavor. And that is why every voice actor is unique. The way I sound and the way I interpret a script can be very different from a different voice actor. We have unique speech patterns and backstories that shape the way we speak and narrate.
Audiobooks is an obvious genre for voice over storytelling, but there are so many more. Almost every type of video uses voice overs. Voice actors are storytellers for corporations, non-profit organizations and more. Even commercials use the art of storytelling to craft their messages to their target audience. E-learning also uses storytelling to engage the learner and for optimal information retention.
Tweaking your Story
When telling a story, especially one that is timely, you may want to “read” the audience. For example, the tone and content of advertisements, social media posts, podcasts, television shows, etc. were all affected by the pandemic. At the beginning of the pandemic, we heard messages with a more somber and inspirational tone. People really needed comforting, so advertisements, etc. needed to pivot. Content creators certainly don’t want to be tone deaf to the happenings around the world.
Stories at all Ages
Stories are important at all ages. We tell them to our babies and young children to entertain them, educate them, comfort them and so on. It’s a form of communication that continues throughout our lives. We tell stories to our friends, family, coworkers. People enjoy sharing their stories with others, perhaps to make a connection or to entertain them. Turning that around, people love to hear other people’s stories. Is that not why gossip is of such interest to so many people?
Sharing the Love of Blogging
I want to give a huge shout out to some of my fellow voice over bloggers who are not only amazing voice talents, but who also share my love of storytelling through the written word. These are wonderful bloggers who inform, educate and entertain. Please click on their names to check out their blogs and subscribe.
My Stories and Yours
I’m very grateful to have this creative outlet for me to share my thoughts, experiences and stories. I am very thankful for all of my readers!