My colleague voiceover artist Tom Dheere recently posted some really helpful tips in his Good Karma Network newsletter about re-takes.
I had an email conversation with Tom and he graciously let me reprint those gold nuggets here. Tom was working on an audiobook when he wrote these tips…but, of course they can be applicable to most every voiceover scenario in one form or another.
Retakes usually are needed for a few reasons:
Technical Issues (feedback, low gain, static, etc.)
Me Being a Doofus (I mispronounced a word, inadvertently changed a word, inserted a word, flubbed an accent, or stressed the wrong word)
These are all common errors, many of which you can minimize.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Here’s what you can do to minimize the amount of retakes needed:
Read the script. I know that sounds obvious, but I mean REALLY read the script. I try read it three times before I record. Once to enjoy it & understand the story, once to break down the characters, and once to review spelling and grammar.
Ask questions. If I’m not sure about something, I ask the publisher. If he’s not sure, he contacts the author and gets back to me. Once in a while you may get to talk to the author directly, but I’m not always sure that’s best. Writing something and reading it aloud are two different disciplines and it’s the publisher’s job to bridge them.
Take notes. I always build a pronunciation guide. Sci-fi stories tend to have a lot a big real words and even more fake words, some of which don’t feel organic. Get the correct pronunciations and practice them. Also, I like using accents so I track how each character speaks and make sure I get the subtleties right.
Have fun! If you do your homework and enjoy the session, your acting will shine through.
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