Now, one of my favorite quotes comes from a great hockey legend- Wayne Gretsky. And although he was small by hockey player standards and was by no means the fastest on the ice, he was regarded as the greatest with a record to back it up. Now, when asked what his secret was he referred to his father who told him that players always skate to where the puck is, that the secret was to “Skate to where the puck will be.”
Now, this quote had such a profound effect on me and has influenced many of my life and career decisions. For example... I was in New York on set of a film shooting in New York called The Boiler Room with Giovanni Robissi. And I remember one of the shoot days he was performing this scene which was him running this gambling table in sort of a, you know, in a private home. And I was amazed at how quiet, and insular his performance was. It seemed, well to be honest, it kind of seem flat to me and I felt it sounded needed more, you know from where I was standing. I admit I'm pretty egotistical and stupid of me to think that with my limited film experience that I would be able to judge this veteran and I soon learned how wrong I was.
When I finally saw that scene on the big screen I learned how perfect his execution was, and that it actually came across so much bigger than it seemed when he performed it. He obviously knew this and understood the power of the less is more concept which had been literally just pumped into us all through drama school and was now being executed by, you know, this young master.
So I started to hear and sense that trend towards this less is more in TV as well. And I knew that advertising was next, as it kind of always been. You know, film in any new concepts whether in being performance or style always tended to start in independent film and then move in to bigger features and then those techniques, might be camera technique or a technology or a performance technique, would blend, would then end up, you would see it in TV like TV drama or stuff like that and the very next step traditionally was advertising. So when I started to see this trend, is less, is more trend in TV, I knew that advertising was next. And to be honest, had already started and I started to develop a much different style of voiceover performance when I was doing voiceovers in New York.