๐ˆ ๐‡๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐Ž๐ฐ๐ง ๐•๐จ๐ข๐œ๐ž

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Allow me to explain.....

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A few weeks back I made a post on social media โ€˜10 Things You Didnโ€™t Know About Meโ€™

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One of the things I shared was, I have only become comfortable with the sound of my voice in the last few years.

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This seemed to surprise quite a few people, so hereโ€™s the scoop......

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This stems back to childhood, around the age of 7.

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It was the schoolโ€™s Christmas nativity play.

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The way that it worked was if you didnโ€™t have a star role ..... Joseph, Mary or a Wise Man (the Jesus role was always taken by a plastic doll wrapped in a tea towel), then you were relegated to the choir of angels and shepherdโ€™s

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Youโ€™ve guessed it...... muggins here didnโ€™t have enough facial hair to become a wise man, and ended up surrounded by 100 unhappy angels.

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Now, if you have watched any of my videos you will know I have quite a low voice..... I have had a low voice my entire life.

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Some boys have to wait until puberty to start sounding manly..... I had such a low voice as a child, I could of telephone ordered alcohol at age 5, if that was a thing.

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Anyway, back to the school playโ€ฆ..

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The entire school was in the sports hall doing a rehearsal, it came to the first sing-song, myself and all the other angels and shepherds fired up, belting out a pitch perfect rendition of โ€˜O Little Star Of Bethlehemโ€™

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Not more than a couple of verses in and the teacher calls out STOP!

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A slight look of confusion from everyone, then the teacher drew her attention to me.

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You know how, when one person looks at something, everyone else then looks at it?

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Yep, the entire school was suddenly staring at 7 year old me.

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Teacher: โ€˜Anthony, all we can hear is your voice, could you just pretend to sing insteadโ€™

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ME: ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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BOOM!!!ย 

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There it was.... like cave paintings, a new story had been painted in my mind.

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Over the coming weeks I started to form a stutter and struggled whenever the attention was thrown towards me.

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Over the years people would tell me how great I sounded, that I must be a singer or I should do voice workโ€ฆ.all I could think about was how terrible my voice sounded.

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When I first started in the world of entertainment, I was told to watch footage of my performances so I could see where I needed to improve, this was a process I struggled with, having to sit there and listen to myself was REALLY confronting, the inner critic went in to overdrive (I didnโ€™t like the sound of that voice either).

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The turning point came when I realised the story that had been holding me back; being able to see those cave paintings and choose to add a new end to the story.

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On reflection I find it funny how the kid who was singled out for being the only one that could be heard, now lives a life of speaking from stage (or in the current climate on camera).

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What cave paintings do you need to discover and give a new ending, or as I prefer to look at itย 

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๐šƒ๐š˜ ๐™ฑ๐šŽ ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š—๐š๐š’๐š—๐šž๐šŽ๐šโ€ฆ.

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(And yes that clown in the picture is me)

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