That incredible, distinctive, wonderful voice? A voice that could be played like a musical instrument?
That’s what a friend of mine told me. So this morning I went looking for the NPR interview.
In Rickman’s words: “What did they say to me? ‘You sound – Alan, you sound as if your voice is coming out of the back end of a drain pipe’ was one review from my voice teacher.”
Okay, ouch. Big, fat career-ending, dream-killing ouch. Aren’t you glad Rickman didn’t take these words to heart? Or did he? Gad, all those years later he still remembered…
The December, 2007, NPR interview is only five minutes long. Give a listen. Then ask yourself if you have said similar things about your abilities.