The popular thing these days is to load your resume with impressive-looking initials that indicate the position, degree, or honor that you have attained.
They’re called post-nominal letters. For a classless society, it provides a sort of pedigree, I suppose. Common ones are Ph.D., M.D., MBA, CPA, RN, EMT, CFP, and more.
Obviously acronyms serve a purpose for Americans. We love brevity, and use of such labels saves space.
But taken to the extreme, it gets NUTTY.
I had a Social Media message the other day from a guy who posted his name as: Frxxx Bxxx, MBCP, MBCI, PMP, ITILv3, CIP, CLSSGB
Am I supposed to be impressed? Do you honestly think I’m going to go to Wikipedia and look-up all those post-nominal letters?
It got me to thinking about what PNL’s (post-nominal letters) an upstanding voice-actor might use.
Here’s what mine would be: Dave Courvoisier, AmAO, CbNW, GttM, E-Hw
Rosetta Stone for the above:
AmAO: Audition my Ass Off
CbNW: Coached by Nancy Wolfson
GttM: Geek to the Max
E-Hw: Ethical and Hard Working
Here are some others you might consider:
WoVO: World-Voices Organization member
SAG-AFTRA: Screen Actors Guild-American Federation Television and Radio Artists
VA: Voice Actor (but so is Virtual Assistant)
IHMA: I Have Many Agents
BTF5: ‘Been to FaffCon 5 times
PFoJC: Personal Friend of Joe Cipriano
You get the idea.
Make up your own! Mix and match ’em! Keep ’em guessing! After all there is no official accrediting agency for voice-actors (or journalists for that matter), so who’s going to call you on it?
This could be fun!
I look forward to the creative use of PNL’s in your e-mail signature!
CourVO, AmAO, CbNW, GttM, E-Hw