Let me tell you a story

Posted by on 17 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: blog

“Let me tell you a story.”
Now what is the best way to tell a story?
They can be true or make belief.
I’ve seen films, heard tales, heard story songs and poems, read stories.
Some stories are short and some are long.
And some story tellers are very animated and others very calm and humdrum.
A guy named Bo Eason says stories can be used for good or bad
and that stories of good can defeat evil because they expose the
human soul on fire. He says that leaders are good story tellers.

In the film “Tammy and the Bachelor”, Debbie Reynolds as

Tambrey Tyree tells the story of Great Grandmother Cratcher

to the delight of all the guests at “the Pilgrimage”.

Stories can be told that way, in films, on a neighbor’s porch

or even down at the corner cafe or store, or told in song or verse.

They can be fun, sad, happy, informative, historical.
I’ve even told some stories myself.
Here’s a few.
“Twas the Night Before Christmas” is read on film

Christmas 1
“In a Fishbowl” is a story of a part of my life on audio recording.

I was in a short film telling a story.
“You Have Been Warned” YHBW 2
I like telling stories with poetry.
“The Writer” is a story of a would be author.
Then there are lots of stories put to song.
Here are some examples :

Then there is just telling a story
And I’ve got many more of my recorded stories and
many yet untold.
So what stories do you want to tell?

Here are photos of me telling some stories:

Nuttin 1

Hamblin 2

Santa 1

Hamblin 1Rich man 1

She sweet

Tips on how to narrate stories

Posted by on 09 Feb 2015 | Tagged as: blog

Yesterday Google + notified me that I had a comment on one of my You tube videos.

Here it is and my response.

beja hadid’s COMMENT 2/7/2015 on My Journey Into VO Land video

Jay, can you please explain how you developed your voice and can you share a few tips on how to narrate stories. I noticed you have a normal sounding voice and it switches into narrator style tone when your pitch drops.

My answer:

In another video, Five Steps for Better Speaking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMA2TGrq2_E
Not only do I tell some tricks to develop the voice but in the description, I have links to other instructions and books about the subject.
Most people want conversational story telling.
If you know or learn the story, then when you narrate or tell it, get animated. Put life into it. Don’t try to be like someone else but like your self. People like that because it sounds real. Different styles of speech makes it conversational or like a narration.
Dropping one’s pitch may help but isn’t necessary.
I do volunteer work in a local historical tour program where I do a script, first person, of two Utah pioneers. Doing it several times daily, 5 days a week, to a different audience each time. This practice in storytelling really helps. Listen and copy those you like doing narration.
Check out the links on my main site http://jaybeacham.com
The voice sites have some different styles of speech from narration to commercials in the demo sections.
I hope this has helped answer your question.
If not write me at beachamj82@yahoo.com with attention in the subject section and I’ll respond again.
thank you for asking.


What do you do to narrate a story?

Now for some Tips:

-Read copy out loud.

copy is anything written, newspapers, books, magazine articles, etc.

-Listen to others narrate

an audio book will be read differently if it is a novel than if it is a technical piece

-Practice the style that will fit the subject matter


you can’t narrate anything if you don’t start doing it

Good luck.


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Posted by on 16 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: blog

Hi Jay, first off I will tell you I visited your site to the link you sent me.I enjoyed it.I looked thru the pics too.Your a professional and should be on tv and radio.I am convinced by them and by your wonderful performances in song.
I would definitely hire you Jay..your voice is one that gets my attention and anyone would love to listen to you or watch you act or sing.
Gby.hugs, Brenda
She said this in response to this request:
“Here is a site that shows some other things I do in photo,video, and audio.




The video and audio buttons must be clicked on to hear and see whereas the photos come right up(photos are from plays, movies, etc.)
You may be interested.
If you have time, don’t feel obligated to check it out.
Any Casting directors or hiring agents listening?


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