Sometimes, I talk for a living. Into a microphone.
I did my first radio commercial when I was 3 years old for Heidi's Bakery in Tallahassee. My Dad was the general manager of WBGM, one of the first FM stations to play music for popular consumption. I grew up there amongst the DJs and the sales people and the engineers. We usually came in on Saturday mornings to do our commercials when it was quiet, and when I was done with mine, I would go find Bobby Dennis or Vic Swann or whoever was on the board that day and chat or fix 8-track tapes so they could be played or recorded again. An early version of "take your daughter to work".
When I graduated from highschool, I started working at an AM station, WTAL, which played "The Music of Your Life" format. Lots of swing, big-band, Perry Como, Bing Crosby - you know, the 50's to 70's easy listening-type music. A far cry from the music that was popular with people my age but fun anyway. I had my fans in the 40-70 age group...
Over the years, I've done the odd commercial here and there, some local, some national - all fun. I have an ear for accents, and as long as I am in the midst of or talking on the phone to accented people, I pick it up without realizing it and sound just like them. People have a hard time placing me. I've been asked if I come from England, the South, Korea, Wisconsin, Texas, and Washington State. In truth, if it's just me and a microphone, my voice sounds mostly accentless like national newscasters.
Except for this one thing.
I lived in Oklahoma for 7 years. During that time, I sounded a lot like I came from Oklahoma.
Then I moved back home, and when I did, I no longer said "eggs".
I now say "aiggs".