IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE VOICE
by Elaine Clark
Chances are that you were attracted to the voice over profession because someone told you that your voice is special. Knowing that, it levels the playing field when everyone auditioning and booking jobs has a great voice, too. So what makes YOU special?
- Your imagination.
- Your life experiences.
- Your sense of humor.
- Your interpretation of the words.
- How you use your body to make the words come alive.
- How you emotionally connect with the message.
How much you believe that what you’re saying is true.
While many of you can manipulate your voice to sound higher, lower, younger, or older… are you delivering a message that is truthful, connects with the listener, and motivates that person to take action? After all, that’s our job as voice actors.
Your friends and family encouraged you to get into voiceovers because they liked the sound of your voice. That included your connection with that person, how you felt during the conversation, how you instinctively used your body to move and gesture while talking and listening, and your knowledge of the subject matter that was being discussed.
So, what makes VO different? The words we’re giving in a script are not OUR words. They are someone else’s. And, they’re written in a manner that is not instinctively conversational. Yet, we need to make it sound spontaneous and real. That means you need to dig deeper than just the sound of your voice. You need to work on:
- Script Analysis
- Word Structure
- Beats and Transitions
- Body Language
Wow! That’s a lot of stuff to include in a 10, 15, 30, or 60- second commercial. Or, a longer narration or audiobook. It’s elevated even further in animation and video games.
Let's work on putting those pieces together so the real YOU shines through.