Why Your Voice Can Make or Break a Story

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This Week’s Episode:

I’m rehearsing with my Improv team for a big upcoming show when our coach John says to me, “All your characters sound… like Kymberlee.” I’m thinking, “Well, of course, they do! I’m the one creating them.”

I must’ve said what I was thinking out loud because he responds back, “Actually Kymberlee, we want to meet these characters as themselves.” So he gives me an exercise to do. I’ve got to stand in the center of the stage and do a completely different voice whenever one of my fellow performers approaches me to start a new scene.

PANIC! I had all of maybe three different characters prepared in my head, so I had no idea what I was gonna do. But after doing scene after scene, I managed to find all these new characters--just by changing my voice.

That exercise helped change my point of view in scenes, my physicality, and even my emotions. And it all came from simply speaking differently each time. My guest today, Steve French, literally does this for a living as a full-time, in-demand voice actor. In this episode, he and I discuss storytelling through voice acting, and he answers questions such as:

What's a process you can use to prepare for incorporating stories in your business? How can you transform mere lines in a script into a compelling audible story? And what can you do if you struggle with your storytelling skills in an event, such as an audition or speech?

What you will learn in this episode:

  • How to stand out as a storyteller using your individual voice
  • How you can prepare yourself for a vocal storytelling project
  • Why an audience falls in love with effective story hooks

Who is Steve?

Steve French is a voice actor based in New York who graduated from The Hartt School Theatre Division in West Hartford, Connecticut. He was an award-winning stage actor and singer before becoming a full-time voice actor. You might recognize him as the promo voice of The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian on Disney+.

Steve’s voice has been featured in various projects, from nature documentaries on National Geographic to spooky movie trailers and funny commercials. You can hear him on recent episodes of STARZ’s P-Valley and Peacock’s Girls5Eva. His voiceover work also appears nationwide for Toyota, and he hosts the official Unsolved Mysteries Podcast every week.

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Ready to be unforgettable? Good.

FREE TRAINING: LEARN THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT TOOL THAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

You’ll also receive storytelling secrets each week from our show.
One-click unsubscribe if you don't love the free training!

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Ready to be unforgettable? Good.

FREE TRAINING: LEARN THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT TOOL THAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

  • Increase your confidence
  • Build trust with prospects - fast
  • Stand out against competition
  • Captivate your audience
  • Be the one they remember
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Ready to be unforgettable? Good.

FREE TRAINING: LEARN THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT TOOL THAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

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"Storytelling is an art form - and Kymberlee Weil is the master! I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented creatives in the world, and Kymberlee is close to the top of that list. She has an uncanny ability to uncover nuance and layers in a story - details often overlooked by the author - and has a deep understanding and connection with the value of well-executed presentation. Working with Kymberlee is more than a journey, it’s a transformative experience."
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JULIAN REEVE

SPEAKER, AUTHOR, FORMER MUSIC DIRECTOR OF HAMILTON
"Kymberlee helped me tremendously in the weeks leading up to my TED talk and afterwards. I have given hundreds of talks to audiences big and small. But the TED stage is a different beast -- every word matters.Kymberlee kept me on point, focused, and she took the time to figure out what my objectives really were and how to get me there. She is a true master of her trade and I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from her."
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JUNA KOLLMEIER

ASTROPHYSICIST, TED SPEAKER
"I thought I had public speaking down pat. I've addressed audiences all over the world ranging from 62 to 1000 people. But going into that red circle at TEDx, and connecting with a vastly diverse audience is like moving to another planet. Kymberlee made that move effortless and exciting. As a former Green Beret, I have followed a lot of quality leaders and coaches, and I would follow Kymberlee anywhere… Especially into the red circle."
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GREEN BERET, ENTREPRENEUR, STORYTELLER, TRAINER, COACH, AUTHOR