Are you doing your first how-to and explanatory video project? Or are you new to the voice over industry? Whatever is the case, for providing professional voice over services, you need to know about these five things. Before that, a brief on voice-over.
Voice over is a post-production process of a video, movie, commercials, documentaries, gaming applications, etc. It involves reading a script, and the voice is pre-recorded.
If you feel you have a great voice and script rendering abilities, then voice-over is a great profession with flexible working hours. But first, you must know how to become a professional to navigate the industry and reap rich dividends.
Here are five things you should learn to provide professional voice over services.
- Show Your Talents Professionally While auditioning for a project, create a voice record professionally. Use proper equipment to record your voice or hire a studio to record the voice. Also, make sure that you send different voice versions for the same script. Use a different tone, tempo, and narration style so that the directors will know your versatility.
- Master the Art of Clear Speaking Clear speaking is the hallmark of a professional voice over artist. You must have accurate word pronunciations. Your speaking must be articulate such that the audience can understand the message clearly. By having the ability to soft speak and articulate anything with clarity, you will gain authority. The audience will trust what you say. And this is what directors look for in a voice over artist - to make the audience believe in the message through an authoritative voice.
- Craft A Voice For The Task While you may be comfortable in providing voice over in a specific style, great voice-over artists are those who craft their voice to the needs of their clients. You need to develop the ability to give a distinctive voice to a script. For example, tutoring videos demands a peculiar style, while commercials demand stressing upon the branding elements.
- Be Ready For Surprises At times, you will get little to no time to read the script beforehand. At other times, the script would be too large for practicing. If you are not prepared for such circumstances, you will lose in the industry. Such experiences stump any newbie to the industry-leading to the loss of opportunity. It is why professional artists practice the art of cold-reading or sight-reading. The technique involves reading the script while at auditioning or while performing the job. The key to mastering the technique is to be good at scanning the succeeding words of what you read.
- Keep Honing Your Skills To reach the heights of your voice over career, you need to keep honing your skills. Be it, improvising your technique, developing voice modulations, checking your tempo, or taking up challenging projects, you must hone your skills.
Once you inculcate these five things in your career, there is nothing to stop you from becoming a top voice-over artist.