Pet Peeves of Voice-Over Actors

The list for September 4, 2020
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The Top 16 Pet Peeves of Voice-Over Actors

  1. Thirty years in the business, over 600 IMDB credits, and you still get recognized less than a 14-year-old lip syncer on TikTok.

  2. You have exactly five seconds to read three pages of drug side effects.

  3. Working in sweats with no makeup used to be special. Now everybody’s doing it.

  4. Hard to tell whether being told you sound exactly like a cartoon squirrel is a compliment.

  5. Days when every one of your accents eventually degenerates to "borderline racist generic Middle Eastern."

  6. Sure, they hear your words, but they can’t see your real tears.

  7. Impossible to convince your friends that’s your grunt in Call of Duty.

  8. Being asked to do free voice mail messages for strangers while not being able to pay your own phone bill.

  9. "Sorry, we were looking for someone taller."

  10. The director of your sci-fi cartoon keeps insisting that you’re mispronouncing Planet Flrvgljd.

  11. "Okay, now can you give me the same moan in Farsi?"

  12. "Your character is a crime-fighting turtle. So we want something between Sofia Vergara and Betty White, with a smidge of Cardi B. Ready? Go!"

  13. There’s just no way to dub "Modern Major General" in Klingon without passing out.

  14. That punk Tom Cruise always insists on doing his own voice-over stunts.

  15. Your most successful ad typecasts you as "that diarrhea woman."
And the Number 1 Pet Peeve of Voice-Over Actors…

  1. Contractually, you’re no longer allowed to tell your children bedtime stories.

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Selected from 103 submissions from 38 contributors.
Today’s list authors were:

  • Dave Henry, Slidell, LA — 1 (42nd #1)
  • Larry Hollister, Concord, CA — 2
  • Slick Sharkey, Clayton, GA — 3
  • Nathan C. Sherman, Bellevue, WA — 4, 15
  • Fran Fruit, Winnetka, IL — 5, 14
  • Bob Mader, Knoxville, TN — 6
  • Brad Hamer, Austin, TX — 7
  • Jill Gallagher, Seattle, WA — 8
  • Reid Kerr, Sugartit, KY — 9, 13
  • Greg Preece, Toronto, Canada — 10
  • LeMel Hebert-Williams, San Francisco, CA — 11
  • Jeremy Shelley, Possum Trot, KY — 12
  • Meg Silvern, Tucson, AZ — 14
  • Curtis Stoddard, Cedar Hills, UT — 16
  • Chris White, Olympia, WA — List moderator, Banner Tag

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