Hank Azaria, the voice actor behind some of the most famous animated characters of all-time on “The Simpsons,” recently lived out a dream of mine: He got to announce a major league baseball team’s lineup. And on top of that, he got to do it using some of his voice acting chops. On “The Simpsons,” he’s the voice behind Apu from the Kwik-E-Mart, Moe the bartender, Chief Wiggum, and many other characters.
Admittedly, one of my many voice over dreams isn’t to announce the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup using voices from “The Simpsons.” Although, that would be pretty dang sweet. One of my many voice over dreams is to announce (just for one day if not more) the Minnesota Twins starting lineup. I’m a die hard fan of my hometown team. I don’t need to use any character voices or anything like that. I just want to belt out their names over the PA system to thousands of roaring fans at Target Field (their home park) in Minneapolis, MN. More importantly, it would be at a World Series game. Or a playoff game. Actually, give me any game. I’m in.
It comes down to this: Why pursue anything without big, specific goals? It’s perfect motivation.
After you watch this clip of Hank Azaria living out my dream, be sure to read the portion below the video for some exciting and interesting voice over information.
Important Friday blog post info: This Friday, I will be sharing the results of a poll many VO people have been itching to see. It asks two things:
1. What do you call yourself? (Voice Actor, Voice Over Artist, etc.)
2. How do you spell that main word? (Voiceover, Voice Over, Voice-Over)
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Do you have a big voice over dream that involves another interest of yours, too? Answer in the comments section below.
(Target Field photo by Chris Evans.)