The Difficulty of Achieving a Dream

We all have that one dream. The dream to be a Hollywood star, or CEO of this or that. Maybe to own a yacht. That dream that you think is unachievable.

It’s achievable but you have to work for it. Duh, everyone tells us.

But when you want to be in the entertainment industry, you have to work for it.. and it helps to know someone.

My dream isn’t to be on screen or on stage (at one point it was). My talent is vocal. Those strange voices I did when I was young may have made me look strange or mentally ill at one point. I’m sure I embarrassed my brothers and family and friends at some point with the weird faces and noises I made. but after a while, I realized that these are skills that need to be honed. My talent.. voice over.

I loved cartoons growing up (who didn’t?). but I really LOVED the voices. I could impersonate them. When I do impressions of people, they’re kind of on par! Enough that people laugh a LOT. I realize they’re not laughing at ME, they’re laughing at my comedic ability!

I have taught myself over the years to sing, to change my accent or dialect, and to isolate facial muscle movement. Can you raise an eyebrow? Can you raise both individually back and forth rapidly? Can you wiggle your ears? stuff like that.. only I can move other muscles with such subtlety that you don’t realize it without a compare contrast picture. (This technique is amazing for making students nervous). It has helped me to develop voices and characters.

All I want to do is be a voice. A voice for a commercial is great. But what about being a character.

I would do anything to get to work with Seth McFarlane or Mel Brooks. My idols are Dana Carvey (Garth!.. check out his standup from HBO), Robin Williams, and Mel Brooks. They’re incredibly talented. They’re the weird ones though right? But they’re INCREDIBLE!

Anyway, I’m finally pursuing this dream. I need a good microphone and/or a studio. But I live in a studio and it’s definitely not helpful for recording. Thanks to my friend Brandon, I have finally recorded two demo reels. One for commercial and the other for Animation. If you’d like to listen to them, check it out

https://soundcloud.com/shannonselis

If you want a voice recording for a video or presentation let me know! I can also do phone answering recordings. Leave me a comment and I’ll send you a private message!

And for your pleasure.. here’s a head shot from 10 years ago!summer's pic 1

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