Humorous Interpretation and voices?

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I've always been impressed with a Humorous Interpretation performer who can do several good, distinct voices. What's your guys' secret?!

Most people only think about pitches of voice when creating characters, since there are only so many pitches that you are naturally capable of, that is rather limiting. So you have to change the frequency and timber and sometimes add an accent. For instance, I had three female Southern characters in my last HI in addition to the Southern narrator. Since many different parts of the South have different accents, I studied up on that and gave each one a slightly different twang. Then, I changed the ages. The narrator was a boisterous woman in her early 30's. So one of the other women was older(which evolved, thanks to a joke from my duo partner, into a cat lady), one was very young and very shy, and the other was the stereotypical Valleygirl/stupid Southern Belle/flirty girl in her 20's.

To really help me, I thought out every aspect of each character. What was their favorite color? Favorite food? Favorite animal? Hygiene habits?(cat lady was a bit rank) Then I imagined how they would react in random scenarios.

In summary, the best trick to good characters is the same trick used in theatre: know your character(s) inside and out and the rest will come with practice.

^^ I couldn't have said it any better. You gave me advice as well! Thank you!

I am also having a hard time working on a male voice for my HI.

lol, male voices were always so hard. Maybe you should do a Batman piece and you can do that crazy, gravelly Batman voice because you just need to sound as ridiculous as possible? Kidding! Kidding!

um, is there a male actor who you can kind of impersonate? Or a male character you know pretty well that would work for your character? Maybe you can use that as a starting point? For reference? Although, I'm sure if your male character is the lowest voice you use, then people should guess that it's a male.

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