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In A World Where One Teen's Voice Is An Internet Hit

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In A World Where One Teen's Voice Is An Internet Hit

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In A World Where One Teen's Voice Is An Internet Hit

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Now, it's not quite as dramatic as "Battleship," but here's another movie story that could easily be distilled into a short movie trailer, the life of 15-year-old Jake Foushee. And this is what it would sound like if it were a trailer.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

JAKE FOUSHEE: In a world where a voice can separate the boys from the men, one - I was about to say 14 again.

RAZ: Jake was actually 14 when his story began. But now?

FOUSHEE: You want me to start over?

RAZ: He's 15. Sure.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

FOUSHEE: One 15-year-old is walking the line and charting his own destiny. In theaters everywhere, Friday.

RAZ: A little explanation here. When Jake was 13 and his voice changed, he realized his was just a little deeper than his friends'.

FOUSHEE: Hello. My name is Jake. I am 14 years old.

RAZ: So he decided he might want to use his voice for a career someday. So a few months ago, he posted a video on YouTube, just Jake in front of his computer with a microphone.

(SOUNDBITE OF YOUTUBE VIDEO)

FOUSHEE: I'm trying to become a voice actor, and this is my movie trailer guy impression. In a world where the Earth was no longer in our control, with our survival at stake, we have one chance, and that chance is to fight back.

RAZ: So naturally, the video goes viral. He's 14.

FOUSHEE: In theaters everywhere, Friday.

RAZ: And the next thing Jake knows.

FOUSHEE: I remember that first day I got an email from "Good Morning America."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GOOD MORNING AMERICA")

JOSH ELLIOTT: Fourteen-year-old Jake Foushee from North Carolina has become an Internet sensation with that...

FOUSHEE: And I was insanely surprised by it, and I did not believe it. And I told my dad about it, and they didn't believe it either.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GOOD MORNING AMERICA")

ELLIOTT: What do you want to do?

FOUSHEE: I'd like to be a voice actor when I'm older, like, for movie previews or just movie trailers and stuff.

ELLIOTT: All right.

RAZ: He told us "Good Morning America" was fun.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GOOD MORNING AMERICA")

FOUSHEE: Welcome back to "Good Morning America" with Robin Roberts and George Stephanalapalou(ph)...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

RAZ: But his next stop was "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW")

ELLEN DEGENERES: Well, Jake, that's quite a voice you have. I'm excited that you're here.

FOUSHEE: Thank you. Thanks so much for having me.

DEGENERES: All right. So when did your voice start to get this deep?

RAZ: And then she sprung a surprise on you.

FOUSHEE: Yes, she did.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW")

FOUSHEE: Yes, ma'am.

DEGENERES: So we called the Abrams Artist Agency in New York City. It's one of the most highly regarded voiceover talent and literary agencies in the industry, and they would like to officially sign you. You have an agent.

FOUSHEE: And I was really excited about that and insanely surprised. And I just - I couldn't even believe it.

RAZ: Have you had any - have you signed a deal yet?

FOUSHEE: We haven't gotten into - we haven't gotten into everything yet. But we are working with them now. My mom and my dad are all having conferences with them and getting everything worked out. So hopefully, we'll get a lot of the big stuff going this summer.

RAZ: Who else do you do?

FOUSHEE: I can do Optimus Prime from "Transformers."

RAZ: How does he sound?

FOUSHEE: Before time began...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TRANSFORMERS")

NEIL KAPLAN: (as Optimus Prime) Before time began...

FOUSHEE: ...there was...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TRANSFORMERS")

KAPLAN: (as Optimus Prime) ...there was...

FOUSHEE: ...the cube.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TRANSFORMERS")

KAPLAN: (as Optimus Prime) ...the cube. We know not where it comes from...

RAZ: Wow. That's crazy.

FOUSHEE: Thank you.

RAZ: What about at school? Like, are you, like, the most popular kid now?

FOUSHEE: Well, a lot of people have come up to me and congratulated me, and so a lot of people are trying to be my friend now. And it's fun, but also, I'm just trying to remember who my real friends are and keep everything in check.

RAZ: What about dates? Any luck there?

FOUSHEE: Well, I have a girlfriend, actually, since before all this started and still with her now. She's really happy for me, and she's with me through it all.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RAZ: That's Jake Foushee. His original viral video is at our website, npr.org. Coming up, music from a new band that describes its sound as orchestral folk. That's in the next part - excuse me - that's in the next part - forget it. Jake, can you finish this one?

FOUSHEE: That's in the next part of ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

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