I'm also an avid tabletop and live-action role-player (RPG/LARP), and more often than not I'm the one running the events. I really enjoy getting into the different character roles, adopting different voices and personas for even the simplest "throw-away" side characters. This even carries over into my general novel-reading hobby, where I frequently read books aloud to myself, even doing individual voices for the characters. It always gives me a laugh, at least!
My plan now is to use Patreon to release a handful of fun readings to the public every month, with even more as potential interest in this project grows from patrons like you. It could be just a small handful, but with patron inspiration I could release a dozen or more. My hope is that by gaining interest from more people, that will in turn give me more things to read, and in turn improve my speaking and recording skills even further!
What will I be reading?
My initial plan is to release sound bytes of me reading various texts in creative ways. These will probably include multiple takes, alternate versions, and maybe even some blooper clips. I'm planning to mostly start with:
- Notes from my gaming sessions
- Out-of-context quotes and weird public forum comments that I find particularly amusing
- Third-party product reviews for things you don't care about
- Recipes for weird foods
- Dramatic readings of food ingredient lists
- My completely awful high school poetry (oh god)
- ...and more!
I'm hoping to get more ideas and suggestions as the project moves along and more people (hopefully) hop along for the ride.
What WON'T I be reading?
I'm pretty open to just about anything, but I do have hard limits:
- I won't read anything racist, sexist, or otherwise extremely hateful or bigoted in content or context.
- I won't read anything protected by confidentiality agreements.
- I won't read anything potentially incriminating for myself or the creator.
- I won't read anything that involves corruption of or harm to an animal or a child.
- I avoid US Politics like the plague.
I feel like these are common sense avoidances, though. In all seriousness, if you pledge at a level high enough to get custom work, you should probably run your ideas by me first before committing. If it breaks those simple rules above, I'm not doing it until we work it out together into something less contentious.
Here are a few samples of some of the more recent voice work I've done, mostly just me playing around:
- Excerpt of a slightly unorthodox reading of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
- Sample recording of a Red Wing boots product card
- Kickstarter Video for the Gattaibushido:FUSION! RPG (my gear has improved significantly since then, too!)
- Other miscellaneous recordings on my SoundCloud profile
I seriously don't expect this to really take off, but if it does, then I'd love to direct the funds back into this project. Any of the following or more could happen with enough interest:
- Modulated voices (I have a modulator, just need an excuse to use it!)
- Sounds effects
- Custom Music
- Guest Speakers and Collaborations
- Extended multi-part stories and content
- Improved equipment and studio setup
- Video components
- ULTRA KARAOKE FUNTIME
I already do this a lot for fun, but only privately. I like to talk - a lot - and yes, I even like to hear myself speak (har har). I've done recordings for myself and for others' projects, and I've been told repeatedly that I should look into maybe doing it "for real" some time. But I'm still quite nervous about it all. Putting yourself out there is pretty hard! I am hoping to use this as a platform to see exactly how well-received this kind of activity would be from me, to gauge if there is actual interest in my readings, and a future for me to do this For Serious down the road. Patreon gives me the opportunity for just that, and some extra funds to perhaps improve my setup and likewise my skill!
- Everything that I create and release here for general Patronage will fall under: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0...
- Anything that I release for custom work at the Commercial tiers will fall under: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
I am certainly open to discussion of deeper licensing and greater work! But for now that keeps things simple enough for this platform.