A Reading Breakthrough!

Well, as you all know I am Dyslexic and have always found reading a constant battle. I once saw a counsellor years ago about built‐up anger, which I really no longer wanted to carry around with me, and it turned out the main cause was being Dyslexic! Gosh, who would have thought that was the root of the problem.

Now a much calmer, happier, more open and much more positive Dan is still battling with reading but I have accepted that I just need to give myself more time to digest written information and spontaneous reading just wasn’t ever going to happen. This became clear when I had to keep reading things out loud in each voiceover and sketch comedy course with very little prep.

The thought ‘I’m never going to walk into a studio and reel off a script, this will be nothing more than a bit of fun’ kept going around and around in my head.

Until one day I just openly mentioned my Dyslexia to someone in the class, and instead of them treating me differently (my ultimate fear), they were very supportive and allowed me the space to stay calm and just read.

I decided to practice reading out loud on my own over the next week. Newspapers, emails, notes, anything, and in the next session, when I was given two adverts to read out, I got up, walked up to the mic and did it… no mistakes, no worries, no fear. I just read them both straight off with no mistakes. NO MISTAKES!

I could not believe it. I just did it and it felt completely normal! Something had changed. something was different… in 35 years I have never managed to read out a piece of information without fear, worry and a lot of mistakes!

It is the fear that is blocking the words coming out. It is the fear of not being able to do it or say it that has been stopping me proceed, but not any more.

Gosh this could possible be the best day of my life…

Dan Tambling is a stand-up comedian, sketch comedy writer, actor and producer of ‘12 sketches in a London house’. This is his blog.

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