UPDATE *** The exhibit opened on July 9th, 2018 at the MFA Boston! Go check it out! If you can't make it, you can still hear me and Nael and read about the exhibition here:
Having spent two years in France, first as an au pair and then as a principal dancer with Terpsichora, I am fluent in French. I'll admit, there are subtleties that still elude me, and I have no sense of humor in French yet, but I speak it with an accent that fooled the natives. That said, it's been a couple years! When I was offered the opportunity to do the voice-over work for a French Lady in Casanova's era, I leapt at the chance!
I was very excited to finally get to work with the phenomenal and prolific Boston actor, Nael Nacer, who was very kind about correcting a few of my pronunciations and excessive liaisons. (French is hard.)
The picture below is of the tableau from the current exhibit in San Francisco, and the Boston installation will go up in July of this year.
Outside, after the recording session, Nael and I laughed about how different voice-over work is from work on stage. Acting in a theater, you have all of your own physicality to work with to convey meaning, which allows you to be far more subtle. With voice-over, all you have is your voice. With excellent coaching from the sound-booth, Nael and I inflected and varied tone, we laughed and gasped scandalously, we varied pitch and octave to the point where we were practically singing.
I honestly can't wait to see (and hear) the exhibit once it is ready!