Know your script; you have to do study at the script the client wants you to read make sure you highlight and breakdown the text with keywords you need to emphasise, buzzwords, and company name. Try to establish what is the emotion, tone, who are you and who you speaking to. Try to make sure you’re reading with the right emphasis the right tone speed and emotion.
Hydrate your life you need to make sure you drink lots of water the night before an audition and even of the morning too. Smooth vocal tones start off with good hydration. Try water with mint, cucumber and even chia seeds. Drink warm water I don’t drink freezing cold water always just boiled or room temperature water.
Listen to feedback it is there to help you, guide you and get the best and right emphasis from the text. If the clients directing by Skype or Phone take the guidance e.g. speed up the text, slow it down, use more of an inflection, colour the word, change temperament. They want you to be able to follow the direction and just do it you know.
4) What are you good at?
Identify what is your field, you know where your voice fits best and apply for auditions. It could be audio books, narration, commercials, video game, explainers, E-Learning or interactive voice recognition, voice mails. You need to work out what is it that your voice actually suits and do that.
1) A voice that can transmit emotion
Ok so it’s all well and good having a nice voice, but that is not enough, you need to be able to act, yes even though no one will see you. When you act out these scripts it helps to transmit the emotion. Acting also helps to provide the right emphasis and right inflections that the script that might be needed.
As a voiceover you need to be able to take direction from the client, studio engineer or the direction given by Skype. It is not wise to try to do your own thing because you think that your style or way is much better. You are paid to be a voice on the project not the brains
3) Home studio, good microphone and software
Ok so recording on your mobile phone is great for practice but not good enough quality for professional jobs for sure. You need to be able to soundproof the room or side of the room you are using to do recordings. There are many acoustic tiles and foam you can buy online to do the trick. If you are not a DIY person than there are portable sound booths online to buy too have a look at Harland Hogan. Amazon and EBay too. Some good software to record and edit your voice samples is audacity, pro tools and Garage, there are many so have a look at what suits your budget.
It is essential to compete in today’s voiceover industry business to have a home studio, there are very rare occasions that people going off to studios or meeting clients face to face. Unless it’s a huge job by Disney, universal etc. You need to get your own home studio setup and it doesn’t have to be expensive either.
So start off small and simple, it doesn’t have to be huge with all singing all dancing, it just needs to do the very basics. It is possible to set up a simple studio cheap and neither does it have to be mega expensive. It just needs to do the job you should gauge to spend in between sort of £300 to £800 get it all done if you’re making it all from scratch.