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  • Writer's pictureTom Dheere

Voiceovers And…The Swamp Thing?! – The GKN Weekly Update 3/25/14

Hello and Happy Pecan Day and International Waffle Day! Not to be confused with National Waffle Day because that would be sacrilege.


  1. Now you can see We Move Animals on DVD! I already ordered my copy. Just one copy though, because ordering more than that would be totally narcissistic, right?

  2. The latest RRCA production is now on sale! It’s called Jean Richmond Smokes a Joint. It’s not what you think. I play a maitre d’ with an outrageous French accent. Not good, just outrageous.

  3. I wrote an article for Edge studio called “Open Mouth, Insert Voice” with some friendly advice on how not to be an ass clown in the studio.

So over the weekend I was messing around online and I had the TV on in the background. I didn’t like what was on so I flipped the channels until I found the 1982 Wes Craven film “Swamp Thing“.

I haven’t seen it in decades! There was only about 30 minutes left but I dived in anyway. BTW one thing that’s fun about watching a movie from so long ago is to see if it “holds up”. Sadly, it was awful!

But I digress. In the film is a formula that when drunk, turns you into what you truly are. Dr. Alec Holland turned into the superhero Swamp Thing with all these plant-based powers. A big thug turned into a green, pig-faced little person. And Dr. Anton Arcane, played by the wonderful Louie Jourdan, turned literally into a monster.

This got me thinking about self-perception. If you drank that formula, what would you turn into: a superhero, a little green big-creature, or a monster? Does who you think you are match up with who you really are?

TIP OF THE WEEK: Having an accurate perception of yourself will make or break you as a voice talent. Everybody thinks they have the talent, but do they really? Having a deep, sexy, or quirky voice is not talent; using your voice to tell a story is. Owning an expensive mic that the big voice actors use is not talent; knowing how to use it properly is. Commanding attention at a networking event and making people laugh is not talent; connecting with individuals and cultivating true relationships is.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Remember, the girl you’re with is somebody’s sister. And he’s perfectly capable of kicking your ass. “Rules for my Unborn Son” by Walker Lamond

STUFF!: Normally this would be the place where I’d talk about seeing Swamp Thing, so instead I’ll just mention that I finally saw Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Meh.

From Tom Dheere’s apartment, this is Tom Dheere: GKN News…


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