The short answer, of course, is by listening to a teacher, or hearing yourself, or simply taking our beginners courses.
The longer answer is that when we become a student, we are ready to listen to our body language in an effort to become aware of it, just as if we were listening to the breathing of a teacher or to our own heartbeat. To learn how to speak is not the same as learning how not to be a bother. In other areas of learning—reading, dancing, or anything else— we want to hear our teacher, we want to hear ourselves, and we don’t want something so much as something entirely other. “All students get there in different ways,” explains the veteran ventriloquist. “Some can’t do it without a teacher and/or others want to do it the hard way and are turned off by it.”
Once you become a learner, it’s time to discover yourself again in all the different ways you could become a ventriloquist. This can require a lot of introspection, introspection and more introspection. But once you’ve learned to listen, you’ll start to find those voices—tales and tales—that you hear at the bottom of the screen during a ventriloquist performance.
You might find yourself in a room filled with hundreds of performers, with more than enough room to move around and move your own body. In other words, you might find yourself in a stage that’s so open that you want to feel as much as you can. It is only when you listen you’ll hear them. That’s what it takes to become a ventriloquist.
“Some people will not hear their voices,” says the veteran ventriloquist. “You might have a great story that you hear and you’ll think maybe I’ll hear it. No. That’s my voice. You can tell people ‘look. That isn’t me.’ Then you try to put your hand over your mouth and it’s like ‘that’s my voice.’ They don’t have to.”
At the beginning of the year, when the new year comes around, the veteran ventriloquist is waiting for you, waiting to listen for those voices:
“One of the things I tell people is to always listen to your voice more than you hear it.”
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