4 Ways to Improve Your Voice Over Skills

Invest in a Quality Microphone for your Voice Over Work

Getting into the voice over industry is challenging. It’s as competitive as any other acting career, sometimes more so, and you have to have a thorough control of your voice to succeed. Here are some tips from ProVoiceUSA for enhancing your skills and launching your career.

Voice-Over Actor in a Recording StudioKnow Your Voice
In the past, voice over work was dominated by the ubiquitous “Mr. Announcer” style of voice overs; a deep booming voice with a consistent tone and enunciation. You have probably noticed that this isn’t as common anymore, and when it does see use, it is often in parody. Today’s voice overs are more commonly very relaxed and conversational in tone and style. What hasn’t changed is the importance of being able to speak clearly and give your voice presence.

Use Good Gear
Talented as you may be, there’s more to selling your talent as an actor than just what you can do with your voice. You will often have to share your skill in order to get work, and you want to have good equipment when you do that, which will represent you well. Invest in a quality microphone and good audio software.

Exaggerate
While voice overs have become more casual, there is a little something that’s lost in a truly casual tone when recording it. To compensate, you’ll need to exaggerate a little bit; enunciate more clearly in certain places. This is usually easy to figure out by recording yourself and identifying places where you might sound a little slurred or unclear, and focusing on them.

Learn the Material
Some voice over jobs depend on a very specific script. Others offer some flexibility for ad lib and variation. In either case, you should know the intended material backwards and forwards. The better you do, the better you can deliver it exactly and the better you can add your own flavor if needed.

Provoice USA understands the ins and outs of voice overs for all kinds of purposes, and we offer a wide range of services including on-hold messages, commercials, IVR, and more. Check out our rates or contact us now for more information.

Important Elements to Consider when Commissioning a Voice Over Video

Professional recording mic

If you’re planning to commission a voice over video for your company, there are a lot of different things to consider before going to production. Some of the most important elements include:

The Purpose. A voice over video can be an extremely effective sales tool in a lot of cases, but there are times that a voice over video is more a waste of money than it is a boost for business. Consider the purpose of the video before production. If the purpose is to educate customers or to advertise a sale or promotion, it may well be worth the money.

The Script. Once you’ve decided to create a voice over video, it’s time to come up with a script. The script shouldn’t be a lot of information that viewers can’t easily digest. It should be interesting and engaging. If you’re having a hard time coming up with a compelling script, a great formula to follow is to present a problem your clients face, show them that you have the answer to that problem, and give them a call to action.

The Talent. When you’ve got the script written and ready, it’s time to search out talent. Be sure that you find professional talent that can provide you with a portfolio of their work. They should have access to high-quality equipment so that they can provide you with high-quality productions. Consider too, though, that although you may’ve found talent that you like, they may not fit with the overall message and purpose of your video and you should find the talent that is the best fit.

The Cost. A large agency may be able to provide you with the talent that you’re looking for, but keeping them on retainer, or even paying them for just one project could cost you more than the project is worth. At ProVoiceUSA, our rates have been the same for over 13 years. We believe that you can have quality work for an affordable price. Our rates include fully edited and polished files, ready for production and our rates aren’t based on the market size or for how long the video airs. We simply charge for the work we do.

Need a video voiced over? We offer a wide range of services including on-hold messages, commercials, IVR, and more. Check out our rates or contact us now for more information.

3 Things To Know Before Hiring Voiceover Talent

You’re ready to launch your new marketing campaign; all you need is a little voice talent. Trouble is, you’ve never hired any before. How to go about it? What should you look for? ProVoice USA has you covered. Here’s what you’ll want to consider before hiring a voiceover actor for your campaign.

  1. What Do You Need?

You already know you need voice talent. Begin to define what kind of talent you need. Does your campaign demand a certain age rang for the actor? Should they be male or female? Would a regional accent be appropriate, or problematic? As you check off these questions, your ideal candidate will be clearer, and you’ll be able to further guide the actor you choose to meet your needs.

  1. Define A Budget

Know your budget before you start your search. This will keep you from overspending on talent that you don’t need. A larger budget will give you more options, which is an important consideration. You’ll need to decide if the campaign us worth investing in to have the highest quality voice work.

  1. Equipment Matters

Get the right gear. Unless you’re doing a very simple, low budget recording, you’ll need to reserve a proper studio to do your recordings. Don’t skimp on the studio or equipment, as that can make or break the quality of your campaign just as much as the actor themselves.