Yesterday I was at a GDC Online narrative summit talk by Alexander Seropian and John Scalzi. At the end of it, they announced they were going to have some audience participation and needed three volunteers.
I thought: I should really put my hand up. I never put up my hand in circumstances like this, because I find volunteering for random things in front of a big group uncomfortable; you never know what you’re getting into. In the event, discomfort won and I kept my hand down.
So they picked three guys. A picture of a gruff male space marine went up on the slide screen, and each of the volunteers was invited to say a line (provided by Scalzi) with the accent and delivery he thought best suited the space marine. The audience picked the volunteer who sounded most plausible, and the marine character got named after that volunteer.
Then I wished I had put my hand up.