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Friday's Unscientific Poll [20140314|09:30]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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This week's poll is brought to you by my recent experience shooting a video for the upcoming exhibit about the Rosetta spacecraft that will be at the Royal Society in July. I watched the final cut last night, and I noticed that I found it easier than the previous rough cuts, mostly because all except two of my sections had been converted into voiceovers.

As regular journal readers will know, I don't have a problem with viewing still images of myself (because I can select the better ones). And I now know I don't have a problem hearing audio-only recordings of myself. But as soon as my image is moving, I find the experience of viewing it excruciating and cringe-worthy and I must blot it from my memory with gin as quickly as possible.

Thus, today I'm wondering if other people have similar reactions to viewing/hearing recorded versions of themselves.

Poll #1960544 Recorded versions of earlier selves

I can cope with

Hearing audio-only recordings of myself
6(23.1%)
Viewing video-only recordings of myself
5(19.2%)
Viewing still images of myself
9(34.6%)
Hearing and viewing audiovisual recordings of myself
6(23.1%)

I do not like

Hearing audio-only recordings of myself
10(27.0%)
Viewing video-only recordings of myself
9(24.3%)
Viewing still images of myself
6(16.2%)
Hearing and viewing audiovisual recordings of myself
12(32.4%)
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2014-03-14 10:08 (UTC)
Hi! Just to explain my answers...

A few years back, I did some amateur-level voiceover work. I really didn't like my voice at first, but then I started editing it - and I found that it became easier to manage. I think partly because, suddenly, it wasn't just my voice - it was a series of noises that I had to work with and improve. That then helped me when it came to re-recording - I wasn't just speaking into a microphone, I was trying to make the right sounds and improve on what had gone before, and because I'd heard it already I knew what had irritated me most the first time around.

For the video - I did some work as an extra (or, 'Supporting Artist', depending on who you're working for). I didn't think about it at the time, but when it came to "OOH! LOOKIT ME!" time on the TV, I really enjoyed seeing me. This time, it was because I wasn't the focus of attention, and I wasn't exactly in view for a long time, so it lessened the personalising effect. I've since had to record auditioning video clips, and I really didn't like them, once again - but again, as I was editing them, that brought it back within my "I can cope" zone.

...aaand that's it for today, until I've had more tea *s*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-03-18 15:22 (UTC)
*nod nod* I separated out "can cope with" and "dislike" because I realise it's possible to do both. I do lots of things I can cope with, but dislike. Changing nappies is one that springs instantly to mind. :P
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2014-03-14 11:22 (UTC)
Like anything else, you can grow to be okay with it over time. If you did videos of yourself every day, by the end of the month you'd be like, meh, whatever, it's fine.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-03-18 15:24 (UTC)
Yes, I've experienced that with public speaking. Although it took twelve years of practice to arrive at the point where I can now say almost without reservation that I enjoy it. I'm not sure I'd be willing to torture myself with daily videos until I got to that level of comfort!
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2014-03-14 13:21 (UTC)
Cannot abide the sound of my recorded voice. I do not sound like that to me, and if I sound like that to everyone else... *shudder*

I dislike images of myself because all I see are the flaws, so I do not have any pictures of myself around.

I have seen members of my family on TV namely Fifteen to one and one of the antiquing programs and they look and sound (and act *sigh*)like themselves. It is an odd sensation though watching someone you know on the box.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-03-18 15:37 (UTC)
When I was a child/young teenager, I hated the sound of my voice so much that I would ask other people to place orders for me in restaurants. I loved the advent of pagers/phones that could text/e-mail, because it meant I could communicate with people without having to use telephones.

I'm still not keen on telephones, and I have to fight the urge to hang up when I get answerphones. So yes. My point is, I can relate.

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