Chapter 5: Relationships
In the voice acting industry, it was not that difficult to become a second or third-rate CV. You just need a bit of good looks, a little talent, and then go through the “packaging” of a brokerage firm, and right away, you’ll be a famous person. To achieve being a first-rate CV or be a superstar, it would be a bit difficult. First of all, their skills should always be improving. The most important prerequisite for becoming a superstar is having a good foundation in your profession.
Reading a piece of text was not difficult for Yan Mu Lin. He has practiced this basic skill for no less than a thousand times, adjusting his emotions to read a paragraph was easy for him. Whether it was a jingle or a tongue twister, he can do it in passing. When Sheng Xia Xiao pushed him in front of the condenser microphone, there was no trace of tension on his face.
Reading tongue twisters were child’s play for Yan Mu Lin, this was the most basic training in his previous world. He could even do it with his eyes closed. The text he was reading was a relatively complicated tongue twister. Its title was 《Story of Shi Eating the Lions》.
A poet named Shi lived in a stone room,
fond of lions, he swore that he would eat ten lions.
He constantly went to the market to look for ten lions.
At ten o’clock, ten lions came to the market,
and Shi went to the market.
Looking at the ten lions, he relied on his arrows
to cause the ten lions to pass away.
Shi picked up the corpses of the ten lions and took them to his stone room.
The stone room was damp. Shi ordered a servant to wipe the stone room.
As the stone den was being wiped, Shi began to try to eat the meat of the ten lions.
At the time of the meal, he began to realize that the ten lions, were in fact, ten stone lions.
Try to explain this matter.
He finished it quickly, but there was no tone error and he was steady. Not even a single shake in his tone was heard. While Sheng Xia Xiao kept on repeating for him to make a mistake, Yan Mu Lin smoothly read the entire tongue twister. No sound was heard, the director and the other staff in the control room were shocked by his pronunciation.
It was so hard, but he effortlessly read it. It was like it wasn’t difficult at all. Just a simple paragraph.
Director, should we also read it? try it?
try it – They’re joking. “try it?” in Chinese is “试试？” or “shìshi”
The director would surely answer like this: Go to hell!
The director cannot help but admit that he chose a really difficult phrase. This was why Yan Mu Lin surprised him.
When it was Sheng Xia Xiao’s turn, he raised his head humbly. He knew that someone in the control room was giving them an evaluation, so he should show his good looks and a great temperament to the other person.
While Sheng Xia Xiao was contemplating over the judge’s preferences, Yan Mu Lin stood by the side and checked out the professional recording studio. It was definitely better than their school, the effect of the microphone was extremely good. For the time being, this was the best equipment Yan Mu Lin has come in contact with. Even if he was no technician, and he does not know how to judge the equipment properly, through the brief contact he had with the mic, it was definitely good.
A moment later, Sheng Xia Xiao started to read the text in his hand. It was also a tongue twister.
By comparison, Sheng Xia Xiao’s tongue twister was not that difficult for him. The tone was similar to Yan Mu Lin’s but it was a different one. The content was:
Si Xiaosi and Shi Xiaoshi went to the market on April 14 at 14:40.
Si Xiaosi bought forty-four catties and four taels of tomatoes,
Shi Xiaoshi bought fourteen catties and four taels of fine natural silk.
Si Xiaosi wanted to exchange his forty-four catties and four taels of tomatoes for Shi Xiaoshi’s fourteen catties and four taels of fine natural silk.
Shi Xiaoshi would not exchange his fourteen catties and four taels of fine natural silk for Si Xiaosi’s forty-four catties and four taels of tomatoes.
Si Xiaosi said my forty-four catties and four taels of tomatoes can increase nutritional value and prevent myopia.
Shi Xiaoshi said my fourteen catties and four taels of fine natural silk can be woven into silk and satin and be spun into silk.
After Sheng Xia Xiao was confidently reading, he knew he stumbled on some tones. He did not know at what part he made the mistake.
Although Yan Mu Lin was observing the recording studio, he was listening to Sheng Xia Xiao’s tongue twister carefully. During this time, he could clearly count the number of mistakes he made. However, this had nothing to do with him. It was up to the person in the control room, not himself.
The two men’s voice was recorded from beginning to end. They were asked to leave the recording studio. The director told them to go outside and wait for his announcement. After half an hour, the results would be given and the person chosen would stay to finish the advertisement recording.
Sheng Xia Xiao, who was waiting in the lounge, was extremely impatient. He snorted at Yan Mu Lin twice. This time, he did not forget his father’s words.
He spoke like he was unparalleled in the world, “Yan Mu Lin, my dad has something to say to you.”
Yan Mu Lin did not stop looking through his phone. He did not have to tolerate the impoliteness of the other party. This so-called father seemed to be in contact with him through Sheng Xia Xiao for half a year now, but most of them are orders for him to go to the Sheng Family and see his grandfather.
The original Yan Mu Lin was somewhat weak, otherwise, he would not be bullied by Sheng Xia Xiao and die in the recording studio because of asphyxiation. Allow this other world’s Yan Mu Lin to explain it to you. This father of his who just came out after almost two decades, of course, he resisted in the beginning, but afterward, he was “invited” by bodyguards clad in black. After Sheng Xia Xiao gave him the message, he would be obedient and see Father Sheng. If it weren’t for Father Sheng’s cold and indifferent treatment towards him, then Sheng Xia Xiao would not dare bully Yan Mu Lin. Also, he knew that Yan Mu Lin was afraid of Father Sheng, so he would not dare tell him.
(Remember, the original YML had claustrophobia.)
Unfortunately, Yan Mu Lin was not the original Yan Mu Lin. Do they think he was someone who would immediately follow a person’s words? He was not a fool. Yan Mu Lin, who received the original owner’s memory, did not want to pay attention to Sheng Xia Xiao.
Unable to get a reply, and being snubbed, Sheng Xia Xiao was really angry. Yan Mu Lin’s attitude makes him very upset. Of course, he would not consider his own attitude, or that his attitude made the other party annoyed. He was that self-centered.
He was about to get angry when the lobby’s door opened. In less than ten minutes, a staff member came to announce the result. The other party made Yan Mu Lin stay and thanked Sheng Xia Xiao for taking the time to come for the audition. This was directly rejecting him.
Sheng Xia Xiao naturally could not believe this. How could it be? It was absolutely impossible. How could he lose to Yan Mu Lin, that coward? That idiot, that bastard!
Sheng Xia Xiao hurriedly grabbed the staff member’s collar, “Aren’t you mistaken? How could the director write his name? Shouldn’t it be Sheng Xia Xiao? Don’t you know who my dad is?”
His half-questioning, half-threatening manner would obviously make the staff member react badly. In fact, two people went inside the room. The person whose collar he held was a young adult man. The thin man behind him scowled and tried to comfort him, “Classmate Sheng, I’m the director. You don’t have to doubt my choice. I did not choose the wrong person, but we’re very grateful that you came in for the audition today.”
The voice acting world was this cruel. They often chose to notify the CV on the spot, and it did not matter who your backing was. People who had a sense of shame would normally leave after they know the outcome, but Sheng Xia Xiao was used to being pampered. He did not realize that this was not his small world. That it was a highly competitive industry, not a place where you can behave atrociously when you wish.
Yan Mu Lin did not look down on anyone, he calmly stood on the side and waited for them to finish dealing with Sheng Xia Xiao. Although he did not know that the other person was looking for ways to embarrass him.
Today’s results were the best he has received after arriving in this world.
He finally took the first step to his goal, which was worthy of celebration.
Sheng Xia Xiao, who looked ashen, looked repeatedly at Yan Mu Lin and the director’s unprepossessing face, pointed at Yan Mu Lin and turned away with no grace at all.
At this time, Yan Mu Lin would not look for trouble and mention his kinship with Sheng Xia Xiao.
When Sheng Xia Xiao left, the director and his assistant felt relieved. The assistant then brought out two contracts from his arms.
It was the director who started to talk, “You are Classmate Yan, yes? Teacher Chen’s evaluation of you was quite high, and you did not disappoint. Here are the reward contract and a confidentiality agreement. It’s your responsibility to keep the content of the advertisement confidential before broadcast. Everything is in accordance with the contract. If you have no objections, please sign your name here.”
This was his first reward contract and first agreement in this new world, so Yan Mu Lin would definitely take this meticulously and seriously. Voice acting was not only a job for him to survive life but also his spiritual pursuit in life.
Voice acting wasn’t merely a job. It was something that gave him a sense of security in this strange world. He was doing something familiar in an unfamiliar territory, which made him feel safe, alive, and well. It took him three minutes to quickly go over the contract, and he did not have any objections, so he agreed. “Director, I hope we have a happy cooperation.”
The director patted his shoulder, “Happy cooperation.”
The director actually felt a bit uneasy in his heart. The person he originally intended to pick was Yan Mu Lin. He was supposed to tell Yan Mu Lin that the chosen CV was him. What he did not understand why they had to go through so much? Obviously, he already chose the person. Why did he still need to waste his time here?
Forget it. The other person was not that bad, he also had no reason to refuse the higher-ups because he already had a candidate in mind.
This way, Yan Mu Lin got the job.
He agreed and signed the contract. In the following afternoon, Yan Mu Lin stayed inside the recording studio where he kept on saying the slogan, only stopping when the dubbing director found the voice most satisfying to him.
Since it was a business contract, according to protocol, even if Yan Mu Lin’s work was already done, his remuneration would not come to his account until the end of the month. Towards this, Yan Mu Lin had no objections.
After leaving the recording studio, Yan Mu Lin noticed that the building stood out from the masses. However, he did not have time to study it closely. He received an audition notice from 《Pan Jinlian》. This time, it wasn’t just signing up for the audition, but going to a place to test his voice.
The reason why they do this kind of audition where you need a lot of time and effort was so that they could confirm the authenticity of the voice actors.
When the voice acting industry just started, there was a CV who was opportunistic. At the time of registration, he sent recordings that were edited or done by others. It was not the voice of the CV, and the program organizers could not confirm if it really was the CV’s voice.
Until one day, they had a fan meeting. The CV originally had a substitute, but the substitute fainted because of heatstroke. Without the substitute dubbing for him, the CV had to bite the bullet. Unexpectedly, the host wanted him to do the voice of a famous supporting role that time. The voice actor came out that it was a fake voice. This incident was relatively big.
It was just the same with the singers. There were many who released albums, their voices sounded great. However, when they sing on-stage, you could see that they were just lip-syncing or they would get caught using a fake voice.
So even if you were pretty good, they would still interview you personally.
《Pan Jinlian》 this anime, it was something he did not want to miss!
At this time, a certain chairman was sitting on a boss chair. He was staring at the photo
of a young man in front of him, his eyebrows knitted slightly.
If he remembered correctly, the youth that attracted him seemed to have been made miserable by the Sheng family. He was never famous, he was simply a third-rate CV.
Seeing that the other person helped him once, he will also help him this time, and he would no longer owe the other.
Story of Shi Eating the Lions – This tongue twister is composed of a single sound (shi) but they differ in tone. Here’s the tongue twister in Chinese.
石室詩士施氏, (shí shì shī shì shī shì,)
嗜獅, 誓食十獅. (shì shī, shì shí shí shī.)
氏時時適市視獅. (shì shí shí shì shì shì shī.)
十時, 適十獅適市. (shí shí, shì shí shī shì shì.)
是時, 適施氏適是市. (shì shí, shì shī shì shì shì shì.)
氏視是十獅, 恃矢勢, (shì shì shì shí shī, shì shǐ shì,)
使是十獅逝世. (shǐ shì shí shī shì shì.)
氏拾是十獅屍, 適石室. (shì shí shì shí shī shī, shì shí shì.)
石室濕, 氏使侍拭石室. (shí shì shī, shì shǐ shì shì shí shì.)
石室拭, 氏始試食十獅屍. (shí shì shì, shì shǐ shì shí shí shī shī.)
食時, 始識十獅屍, (shí shí, shǐ shì shì shí shī shī,)
實十石獅屍. (shí shí shí shī shī.)
試釋是事. (shì shì shì shì)
Belphegor’s the one who made this tongue twister, amirite.
Si Xiaosi and Shi Xiaoshi – ….here’s the original tongue twister if you want it.
司小四和史小世， (Sī xiǎo sì hé shǐ xiǎo shì,)
四月十四日十四时四十上集市， (sì yuè shísì rì shísìshísì shí shàng jí shì,)
司小四买了四十四斤四两西红柿，(sī xiǎo sì mǎile sìshísì jīn sì liǎng xīhóngshì,)
史小世买了十四斤四两细蚕丝。 (shǐ xiǎo shì mǎile shísì jīn sì liǎng xì cánsī.)
司小四要拿四十四斤四两西红柿换史小世十四斤四两细蚕丝。 (Sī xiǎo sì yào ná sìshísì jīn sì liǎng xīhóngshì huàn shǐ xiǎo shì shísì jīn sì liǎng xì cánsī.)
史小世十四斤四两细蚕丝不换司小四四十四斤四两西红柿。 (Shǐ xiǎo shì shísì jīn sì liǎng xì cánsī bù huàn sī xiǎo sìsìshísì jīn sì liǎng xīhóngshì.)
司小四说我四十四斤四两西红柿可以增加营养防近视，(Sī xiǎo sì shuō wǒ sìshísì jīn sì liǎng xīhóngshì kěyǐ zēngjiā yíngyǎng fáng jìnshì,)
史小世说我十四斤四两细蚕丝可以织绸织缎又抽丝。(shǐ xiǎo shì shuō wǒ shí sì jīn sì liǎng xì cánsī kěyǐ zhī chóu zhī duàn yòu chōu sī.)
Sheng Xia Xiao reminds me of Draco Malfoy. My father will hear about this!