Karen is very kind to mention and link to me in that blog post so I thought I’d offer just a small insight into just how right she is that I love to read. When I was in Junior High School I read every book in the school library except the “girls” books, you know, the Nancy Drew and similar books aimed and young female readers. By the time I was in High School my passion for reading had grown even greater, so in those 3 years I read every book in the school library including the “girls” books. The only one I didn’t finish was Webster’s Third Unabridged International Dictionary. I wasn’t allowed to check it out and didn’t have enough hours during the school day to get all the way through it along with everything else I was reading.
How much did I really read? My grandmother was the librarian in the town library in our little village in Minnesota. I read so much that she, as a librarian, actually told my mother (her oldest daughter) that she thought I was reading too much! I didn’t stop me though.
Obviously, you don’t have to love reading quite that much. But Karen is right, to be a successful voice actor you do need to love to read, and especially you have to love to read aloud.