Listen up, sometimes the holidays are hell — even in Hollywood
This is the wonderful Lucille Ball broadcasting from CBS about 80 years ago. Much more recently (okay, okay, on Christmas Eve) I recorded a short story all about a Hollywood holiday, archangels, juvenile delinquents, and aging actors.
I downloaded a great open source program called Audacity, clamped a microphone to the table in front of my computer, donned headphones, and spent four hours recording a 34 minute narrative. You would think since I wrote the damn thing the words would come trippingly off my tongue…not always. Sometimes I would stop the recording, take out my pen and scribble on my script, erase a segment, and start over. Sometimes I would just run out of breath. Other times I would take off my headphones and holler over my mistakes.
Now that my respect for actors has doubled I will rehearse next time. I may even take some voice lessons so I will understand breath work. In the meantime, here’s the story I first posted on Christmas day.
Wishing you a happy New Year and hoping you enjoy:
Ketamine Christmas, 1991 by Susannah Corwin