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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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.
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.
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.
Great advice! Thank you
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.
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.
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. :)