Avoid That One Obvious “That Worked” Sound We Make

Hey there!

In today’s workout, one of the students did something that we all do, and we should be careful of.

It’s a noise we make when we’re doing our work, we’re pleased with what we do, that we make totally because we’re human, but needs to be avoided.

Hope this helps!


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hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
and I’ve got a little tiny thing that I
want to bring to your attention may not
feel like a big deal but it can be it
can be very intrusive to a listeners
enjoyment of what you come up with both
auditions and narration audio book
narration in particular as human beings
we have these little tiny peccadilloes
these little kind of quirks that we have
with the way we communicate orally the
way we communicate with language the way
we communicate with mouth noises and one
of them can be pretty intrusive to
someone’s ability to understand what
we’re doing and can be distracting if we
let it get out of hand and you know you
don’t notice it in everyday speech but
you do notice it when you’re listening
to what is supposed to be finished
product like an audition or an audiobook
and what I’m talking about is the
dreaded lip smack of satisfaction okay
so here’s what I mean by that I’m
explaining something to you I’m
explaining something to you I’m
explaining something to you and I’ve
concluded now
did you hear that little noise I made
just before the word now that little now
so we we declare our success with the
explanation or the passage or that piece
of what we do by going okay now we’re
done let’s move on to something else it
can also happen when we need to do a
pickup from a mistake that we’ve made we
make the mistake look we got to pick it
up we do the pickup that’s perfect let’s
move on and so you get that little lip
smack and you got to watch it because we
don’t notice it we don’t hear it when
we’re doing it because it’s just part of
our normal everyday stuff and if you’re
doing something that’s colloquial it can
actually be a plus like if you’re doing
a commercial and you’re like yeah so I
went to the store and and the prices
were like so great it was fantastic so
what I did right it makes sense it makes
sense in a colloquial kind of common you
know easygoing conversation kind of
thing to do but when you’re talking
about an audition for an audio book or
an audio book itself you want to be
careful not to do that moment of I
didn’t so let’s move on
that lipsmack that signifies that that’s
the case and you can hear it it’s not
something that is kind of off in the
distance it’s like pretty pretty
pronounced hey everything going great
great and then off you go so be careful
about that if that’s something that you
do work on it don’t don’t let that be
something that stays in your repertoire
especially when you are auditioning for
more formal stuff you know wondering if
that’s something that you’ve noticed any
other little tics that you’ve noticed
like um or so right those are more
vocalization bridges those are more like
filler words but these little tiny
things that we do
you know we make all kinds of weird
noises but the lipsmack is one that is
pretty recognizable and pretty easy to
control so just be careful about that
leave me a comment is this is this
something that you’ve noticed is this
something you’ve had to work on I’d love
to know I do know that most of the time
when I bring it up to my clients when I
say hey listen back to that notice that
little lip smack there don’t do that
they don’t even know they’re doing it so
you know it’s something to consider I
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7 Responses to Avoid That One Obvious “That Worked” Sound We Make

  1. Stuart Gauffi August 3, 2019 at 4:16 am #

    Oh, yeah. Open mouth before inhaling. I used to sing in a quartet with a guy who smacked almost constantly while singing. Talk about distractions! And it was indeed totally subconscious on his part.

  2. Nance Weber August 3, 2019 at 6:55 am #

    Thanks for this! I just purchased an audiobook which is read by the author. The lip smacking was so prevalent I had to stop listening! I would think the producer would catch this? I’ll be paying closer attention to this with my own recording.

  3. Chris Buckner August 3, 2019 at 7:08 am #

    I’ve heard you mention this to people in our live workouts. People don’t even know they’re doing it so it’s good to point out. Thanks for the video David.

    • Kristen M August 3, 2019 at 3:25 pm #

      Great advice! Thank you

  4. Michael Bakkensen August 3, 2019 at 7:30 am #

    Reminds me of something my first Shakespeare teacher in college called “the actor’s tut.” I couldn’t hear myself doing it and was resistant at first. He kept pointing it out when I was working my Shakespeare monologue and I finally got it. I’d come to the end of a line or a thought and do that little smack– for me it was more the tongue on the roof of the mouth behind the front teeth. A “cluck” or “tut,” and similarly, distracting, unnecessary, with the potential to make the audience stop listening or tracking the speech.

  5. David Wandelt August 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

    Interesting. I’ve heard myself doing these, certainly, but never attached any particular meaning it. I’m used to editing them out, but I suppose now that it’s been brought to my attention, I’ll try even harder to keep from doing them in the first place. Thanks.

  6. Craig Burnett August 6, 2019 at 6:27 am #

    When I’m wearing my director/editor hat and shooting interviews, I’m finding lately that the word “So…” begins responses more frequently than not. I always stop the person and make them start over without the “So,” because it makes it very difficult in post, to get a clean start to a response.

    I had one interview subject who was completely incapable of answering without starting with “So.” I made her restart her replies for every one of the 20 questions we asked her. She was okay with restarting, but flabbergasted at the realization that she was incapable of replying without that affectation.

    I find myself doing it from time to time, and make myself start over. It really confounds my friends during conversations. :)

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