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This is my submission for the 11th Newgrounds Voice Acting Contest, submitted... about 13 hours before the deadline.

The theme of the contest was "My First..."

These were the additional limitations placed on the contestants by our exalted host, JaShinYa:
■ Each entry had to be a minimum of 2 minutes long and a maximum of 6 minutes long
■ Each entry had to have at least 3 different voices
■ Everything had to be done by the contestant (no help from anybody)
■ All sound effects and music had to be royalty free
■ We were forbidden from modifying the pitch of our voice (naturally), but filters and effects were fine

Knowing that this sketch would be audio-only, I knew that it would be extremely challenging for the listener to maintain spacial awareness (especially if they had to keep track of 3 characters). To solve that problem I decided to make the whole thing revolve around a phone call. In trying to think of situations where you talk to multiple people over the course of the same call, I came upon the idea of a call-center and that led me to remembering those old Nintendo Game Counselors. I combined that concept with the common complaints about dealing with automated phone systems, and suddenly I had my story outline.

The biggest challenge was trying to plan out the rapid-fire conversations I wanted these characters to have; I've never actually performed as two characters talking to one another, let alone a conversation like this one where the characters are constantly bickering and refusing to stop talking after being interrupted. It was a very rewarding problem to solve, and one that I probably wouldn't have ever dealt with outside of this contest.

The performances was recorded with an ART M-One going through a Saffire 6 mixer/preamp thing, and was then edited entirely in GarageBand.

Special thanks to JaShinYa for organizing the contest, and to all the volunteer judges and other contestants. After lurking NG for 13 years, I've finally submitted something because of you.

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VAC 11 Judge Review:

Hahahahahaha! Nice entry! That made me smile. Great story, great acting, perfect mixing to really provide a space. You wasted no second of time and always advanced the plot forward. But, I thought sometimes you advanced a bit too hastily as your voices talked over each other a lot, which is funny because a lot of people do the opposite. I just thought it sounded both natural and a tad unrealistic. I wonder if your call center guy did not have the phone effect, would he sound a little more similar to your caller voice? Maybe not, you did a good job of differentiating them while still having them both sound natural. Really great idea for the plot and a hilarious ending. I think that’s all I can say about this. Fantastic work!

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