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.
Know 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.
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.