If you want to do a voiceover for a professional video that you are producing, there are a few tricks that you can employ to make your voice sound as engaging and professional as possible.
1. Figure Out Your Voice Style
The first thing that you need to do is find out your style of voice. Every professional voice actor has at least one defining style that they rely on; you need to find your style.
Keep in mind that you don't need to have an announcer voice that reminds you of the voice used in documentaries or radio commercials.
You don't want to change your natural voice too much; you just want to find a clear and confident voice that has a particular style that you stick to when you do voiceovers. Finding your announcer's voice will help you fine tune your voiceover skills further.
2. Bring it Up a Notch
Second, remember that you are going to need to crank up your voice a little bit for your voiceovers. If you just use your normal speaking voice, it may not be captured in a recording like how you hear yourself.
You are going to need to enunciate all of your words and increase the volume of your voice a little bit. A good strategy is to record yourself, and then listen and identify any words, phrases, or parts of speech that are hard to understand. This will help you practice and enunciate correctly.
3. Always Review the Material
Before you start recording, make sure that you have taken the time to read through and learn the material. Read the script to yourself, and then practice reading the script out loud. This will allow you to figure out where to add emotion and feeling into the script. If the script is longer and has technical terms, reading the script aloud will help give you the confidence to correctly pronounce these technical terms as you are actually recording.
This is also a good way to identify words or phrase that feel awkward. You may find that some of the phrases need to be reworked in order to flow smoothly.
When you start doing voiceovers, you need to find your own unique style. Keep in mind that you don't have to sound like the typical announcer voice you hear on the radio or documentaries to succeed as a voice actor. Having a unique style will actually help you stand out and secure jobs. Work to make your voice loud and clear enough to be picked up properly by the recording equipment. Always review the material before you start recording, so you are properly prepared.
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