Living Out Loud

The Voice Over Journey of Cat Smith

Saturday Sketches 3


Two exercises, three Saturdays, and lots of fun voices for me to listen to!  Here is a recap of what to do and how to submit:

I have a lot of illustrator friends.  Every Saturday, I will load one character sketch.  It may be rough, or it may be complete.  This exercise may even help to flesh a few of them out.  We’ll see!  Look at the character.  Study it.  It may be a person.  It could be a toaster with a face.  We don’t really know what to expect until Saturday rolls around.

When you feel like you have a feeling for this character, record no more than 30 seconds, in that character’s voice.  (The script will be above the drawing and adlibbing is welcome.)  Save that file as yourname_exercisenumber.mp3.  For example, I’m Cat Smith and this is exercise 3 so my file would be CatSmith_03.mp3.  Set that file aside for a moment.

This voice I want to be your first instinct when you look at the character.  The reason I will place the script above the drawing is that below the drawing will be a different set of instructions.  To avoid jumping ahead, here is this week’s script and sketch.  Record your character voice for it now.

Before you look at this image, I know I said I’d be having my artist friends do the sketches, but inspiration can happen anywhere!  I found this coaster and was thoroughly entertained as my friend bombarded me with voices he thought would fit the character.  Perhaps he will even submit for you this week?  This is a PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) promotional coaster.  Use the character for inspiration while reading the following script:

Character script: Water? You want water, you better go dunk your head in the
horse trawl back there.  (laugh) In here… we pour whiskey.


Image (27)This script is actually from a movie if you want to take a guess.  Normally, I would insert artist information here, but I have no idea who gets credit.  I would provide a link here to Pabst, however, their website is not working for me.  If you want to check later, it’s on the coaster.  Hopefully, you haven’t scrolled down too far and cheated.  Here’s your next set of instructions:

Here is part two of the challenge.  I will now give you 3 facts about the character.  Using demo one’s voice as a base, create a new voice by altering to accomodate the facts below and see what you come up with.

  1. He’s known to break out in song.
  2. He’s from Baltimore.
  3. He is not an old time saloon employee but rather current in 2013.

Script again:

Character script: Water? You want water, you better go dunk your head in the
horse trawl back there.  (laugh) In here… we pour whiskey.

Record this demo and label it yourname_exercisenumber_b.mp3.  So again, the example for that is CatSmith_03_b.mp3

To submit, either send me your files to or, upload them to your favorite sound sharing site, such as SoundCloud, and post the link in the comments below.  On TGIF, which is now TGIFF- Thank Goodness It’s Friday Favorites!- I will post my favorites.  In the future, if there is a good response, maybe we will actually have prizes once in a while.  You have from today, Saturday, until Wednesday midnight to post your takes.  This doesn’t have to be on professional equipment.  You can record on an iPhone and email me.  Please only include one reading for parts A & B and do know that it is okay to improvise past the script as long as you stay under 30 seconds.  By turning in your mp3s to me, you are giving me permission to share them.  Have fun!


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Cat Smith is a voice over actress in Northern, CA. She has been a popular radio host of several shows on Sun FM 91.3 KSVY Sonoma, including the award winning Mornings in Sonoma, Girls Night Out, The Mix Tape, and more. She is also the voice of Skip, a puppet in Eco Beeps with Skip & Molly, winner in the category Independent Short Ages 2-5 at the Kids First Film Festival (Episode 1, Plastic Bags).

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