Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Man with the Golden Voice

As I was doing research for this blog post, I came across something simply wonderful. Ted Williams, better known as the Golden Voice got his life back after his video went viral. This video offered this homeless man another chance at life. The video's star, 53-year-old Ted Williams, is "a sporadic resident of a camp behind an abandoned Hudson Street gas station" in Columbus. As you'll see in the video, he admits to having been brought down by drugs, but says he's been clean for more than two years. He's loved radio all his life and says he's had some voice training. He started practicing radio voices at the age of 14. After drugs brought him downhill, he used his “golden voice” to get money on the streets. After his video went viral, people started offering him job opportunities. It took me this long to hear about this video, but it was a huge deal with now over 23 million views. He has sense than become a celebrity of sorts. He was on Good Morning America, CNN, Dr. Phil and many other TV shows telling his story. 

People love inspirational videos that share hope with others. A paper written by Tyler West suggested that videos need certain things before they can go viral. These include: an introduction, literature review, findings, time-run, element of laughter, surprise, irony, youth, talent, or musical entertainment. The more you can have in one video the better.

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