Voiceover Tip 1: What is Voiceover all about?
Do you think you can do Voiceover?
Have you ever been told you got a great voice or you would sound great on Commercials, Audiobooks, commercials etc?
Well you are in the same place I was a few years ago, sitting on the train ride home entertaining the idea of getting into voiceover but not having a clue where to start?
I had all the negative thoughts of:
“Oh I am not trained in acting”
” I don’t really like the way I sound on audio”
” how can I switch careers at this stage, forget about “
and the list goes on and on. Sound familiar right?
I know how you feel My Love, as I felt the same and had those thoughts and more about why I should not dare step a foot into voiceover as what would a chick from East London have to offer that has not already been done ? Answer a lot, tell those negative thoughts to get their bag and go as you are doing a new thing now.
What is Voiceover all about ?
So it is acting with your voice, yes a full on Oscar performance where no one sees you but only hears your efforts in the recording kinda thing. Voiceover is everywhere say for example you are at the station and you hear “mind the gap.” Let me go through a list of others e-learning, Explainer videos, In-show Narration, Commercials, Radio promo, Gaming, Animation and Audiobooks to name but a few. Oh yes, and of course the annoying voice when you call the bank and its: press 1 for accounts, press 2 for credit cards, press 3 for mortgages and this is telephony and IVR voiceover style of work. So you get my point there is a huge amount of areas where voices are used, but where do you fit best ? Where do l start? I am glad you asked My Dear as I really think it’s great you want to venture into the Voiceover world and these tips might just help you:
- Research what area of Voiceover you think you might suit e.g Gaming, Animation, IVR, Telephony, Promos, Explainer etc
- Get coaching & training: everyone who does something greta has a coach and triang think of Usain Bolt, I rest my case.
- Be in tip top health to be a Voiceover it’s a marathon not sprint
- Be careful what you eat and drink as a Voiceover as certain foods change how you sound. As an example that yummy honey greek yogurt leaves a mucus on your vocal chords that can alter how you sound slightly
- How much should you charge, do not charge too low or indicates :poor quality of work. You are not a charity and a fair pay for a fair day’s work.
- Have a heart to learn something new everyday as the industry and life changes and you need to be up to date with current trends
- Equipment: you need to spend on getting a decent microphone and then go cheap and record in your wardrobe wit quilts and think curtains around you to reduce outside noise and always sound treat the location you are in
- How do you get voiceover work: pay to play sites like Voices.com, Voices123.com and Mandy.com
- Markup and underline your voiceover scripts so you know where to stop , pause, push on a word or give emphasis as needed
- Cut your demo once you have experience and have worked out what you are good at and please get it done by a professional sound engineer or producer not at home on your laptop …please I beg you get it done properly as its your voice version of your CV.
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