Just did a bit of voiceover for a short animated film. Drew Radley, the guy who animated this project is so clever. I love it! I voiced the part of the old lady, Mrs. Odeski.
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After reading several excellent articles on reading and recording voiceovers, I asked myself a question — when I do a voiceover audition or gig, am I — me — reading copy, or am I a character, acting. It’s a little bit of a toughie because I’m not just reciting the copy as I see it on the page. I am acting it/ interpreting it — even if it’s a message on hold.
But, I’m also using my experience and “left brain” logical type thinking to make technical choices such as deciding what’s the heart of the message; who’s the speaker; why is she there; and who is she talking to, and finally what result am I seeking – what do I want (or what does the client want) the audience to do.
Then I have to think, where to breath so the conversation sounds natural, and where to put my emphasis.
So, maybe it’s a kind of very conscious and aware acting — making adjustments as necessary (improv classes are good for developing this skill) instead of making knee-jerk stereotypical choices.
I think this is what gives the “natural” sounding read that so many of my voice over peers excel at!
Ok, I’ve worn myself out with all of this thinking — I think I’d better go lie down!
I’ve started work on the 1st of my series of children’s audiobooks on CDs. Lots of work there, but I’m loving every minute of working on it. More details to come later.
Got a sweet tooth? Did you know there’s an M&M’s (chocolate sweets) store in New York in Times Square? Yes! Here are the piccies to prove it. It was great, I couldn’t believe there was such a store. However with a belly full of M&M peanut samples, I had to believe it!