Dressing Up For The Microphone?

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At a recent philharmonic concert I had the pleasure of sitting next to a gentleman in his 80′s that believed music in our lives is as important as the air we breathe.  He went on to share with me an interesting observation he had made over the last 17 years as an annual season ticket subscriber…

“Many people do not dress up for these events anymore.  I was taught to wear my finest clothes when attending a concert”.  It got me thinking.  What is the outward expression of dressing up really saying or doing?  I found myself wondering, if the orchestra showed up in jeans and comfy t-shirts would they play as well?  In my dance training it was demanded that we dress meticulously for class.  That attention to detail in our appearance, it was believed, transferred to our attention to detail in our study.  So, what about the voiceover or jingle production business?  No one sees the artist, but they do hear them.  Is the attention to detail in our personal presentation helpful in creating an audio communicated experience?  We believe yes.  Dressing for your own artistic endeavor (even in the studio) or dressing to show respect and acknowledgment of another artist’s presentation does something to us.  We see it when the artist steps in front of the microphone.  Attention to their person and their craft  –  inseparable.

Catherine Eardley

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