I wanted to share this infographic called “Tips for a Memorable Voice-Over Audition” for those of you who want to pursue a career in voice-over. Many people don’t realize that it takes skill and practice to become good at it. The more professional you are about auditioning, the more successful you’ll be.
Created by voice-over company, Such A Voice.
My take on the tips above:
- Warm up – I can’t say that I do this before an audition but I always try to stay in shape. I walk almost every day for about 5 miles and it helps keeps my respiratory system clear. If you can’t get to the end of a sentence without taking a breath, you’re in trouble. As I get older, it’s even more important, because I can’t yell and scream like I did when I was in my 20’s. Any type of singing class or voice exercise is always good for building and maintaining vocal strength.
- Pay Attention to the Script – When I do anime roles, I usually don’t see a script until the session starts and have to depend on the director to tell me what they want. If you get it ahead of time (especially if you’re recording the audition at home) make sure to read it thoroughly. Most often, you’ll be asked to read in a register or accent that closest to your normal voice. Don’t take the chance of playing against your type unless you’re specifically told to do so. If you are playing a lead, remember you have to maintain that voice for hours. You can seriously destroy your vocal chords if you have to strain to play a character that is out of your normal range.
- Be a True Professional – Being late for a session or deadline can seriously destroy your voice-over career. Studio time is expensive. No one wants to work with a jerk, either. A voice can easily be replaced.
- Be Energetic – I would say it’s more important to be in tune with your character and what is needed in the script. Energy doesn’t mean you should use your “theater voice.” You can blow out an engineer’s ear talking too loud. Believe me, I’ve done it.
- Breathe deeply – Deep breathing is an excellent way to relax and it’s important. However, you also need to be in control of your breathing. If you take a big breath before your next line, it will need to be edited out. Placing your voice in your chest will help you maintain a character longer with the least damage, but it depends on what type of character you’re playing. If you play little girls, like I do, you may need to speak high up in your head. Practice placing your voice in different parts of your body and see how many characters you can create.
- Stay hydrated – I can’t tell you how important staying hydrated is. Always have a bottle of water within reach. Take sips often to avoid dry mouth or mouth clicks. You can also drink warm tea with honey. Avoid coffee with milk because it adds phlegm to your voice and don’t drink soda because it’s bad for you and will make you burp. Slices of green apple are also helpful to avoid dry mouth clicks.
I hope you enjoy these tips and good luck with your voice-over career.