Bob Olson

Uncle Bob's Guide to Fluency

Help us all. The teacher asked me to speak to her third grade class. These could be YOUR children!

Uncle Bob’s Guide to Fluency

Working in my home studio affords me many benefits:

  • Often times I work in my PJ’s (See last year’s client Christmas Gifts)
  • I get to make tee times at the Golf Club when most other people are working
  • And, best of all, I’ve gotten the chance to be a big part of my niece’s life by being a babysitter, tutor and overall bad influence (consult her parents!)

Last month when I went to pick her up from school, her teacher, Mrs. Schaffer, asked if I would be willing to speak to the third grade class about the importance of reading. Not only reading, but how important it is to practice reading.

Now keep in mind, many of my good friends have a hard time understanding what I do. Telling a 3rd grader “I’m a voice over talent” wouldn’t mean squat. To start my lesson, I brought some examples of work they would be interested in: a spot for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with cool space stuff (that’s showcased below) and a commercial for Universal Studios Orlando’s newest ride “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem”.

It took a little time to convince them that the person’s voice in the commercial was actually me. Once I finally did, I explained that a spot was not done simply by reading the script once, but practicing multiple times until the director (who I said was very much like their teacher or parent) thought the message was delivered effectively. And that a 15 second commercial could take a LOT longer than fifteen seconds to complete!

To make a long story short, the kids were more attentive than I thought they’d be. And when I went to visit Mrs. Schaffer’s classroom again, there was a poster board of “Uncle Bob’s Fluency Tips” on the wall that (she tells me) they refer to often.

By the way, my niece is now a star in her own right. After sitting on my lap for the past seven years listening to me yammer away in the booth, she decided she’d like to hear what she would sound like on a quick spot. I recorded it and played it for her class – and her classmates had me play it over and over again. Listen for your self…the kid may have a future in this biz.

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Here is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex commercial I showed the kids.

And here is a copy of the thank you from Mrs. Schaffer and a picture of her third grade class. I’m the big kid in the middle. Phia is the little girl on my right shoulder…and always in my heart. Boy, do I love my job!


Comments (1)

  1. Marsha:
    Jan 22, 2013 at 08:40 AM - Unapproved

    You are a bright shining star! What a lucky group of kids to have such a wonderful influence on them! You Rock but we always knew that! xo Love ya

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