Tips and Tricks While Recording Voice Overs
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Brad Dassey Voice Overs
The BEST Voice For Promos and Commercials
June 7, 2012
Hey, it’s Brad Dassey again from Best Promo Voice Overs.com and I’m here to let you in on three little tricks that can help IMPROVE your VO skills and one of them is a DEADLY mistake you MUST avoid while in the voice over industry!
First of all, just RELAX. Take a deep breath, hold it, count to 10 and let it out…. There, I feel better, how bout you? Ok, lets get started!
So, I have a few tips and tricks to give you this week, when recording voice overs. Now, take these to heart, because one of them COULD cost you your voice over career! I mean, just consider yourself LUCKY to even have the voice over jobs you receive, because you KNOW just how MANY people are out in the voice industry! TONS! The job could have very well been awarded to someone else, you know. So if you aren’t already thankful for each and every job you get, BE THANKFUL. Every little bit helps to advance you to the next stage in voiceover!
Ok, lets get right to it, the first tip I have for you is CRITICAL to your voice career and new voice over jobs from here on out! I am guilty of this myself! If you don’t handle your recordings in a very mature and professional manner, chances are, you could end up sending the WRONG files to your clients and then you have let the cat out of the bag and it’s not going to be a very FRIENDLY cat, at that! Now I’m sounding like Dr. Seuss.
Tip 1: NEVER, I mean NEVER mumble things in the background while recording your voice over scripts!!! I don’t care if you are practicing, or taking a straight ONE-SHOT. The worst thing you need is blurting out how you feel about the client, the product, the service or even how HORRIBLE the script is written! Even worse, dropping the ol’ F bomb in the background! Even if you might think to yourself or mumble under your breath, “I can’t believe how HORRIBLE this script is! I mean, my KID could write a better voice over script for gosh sake! Man, these people REALLY need to go back to grammar school.” Don’t do it! Chances are, if you SAVE that RAW, unedited file, you might end up sending it to the client!
Tip 2: If you have a hard time reading small print in the voice over scripts the client sends you, just copy and paste it into Microsoft Word and ENLARGE it. This way it’s so much easier to read. I know it wastes a bit more paper, but I usually save my old scripts and print on the back-side of every paper. This way it saves me money and it’s being eco-friendly! And always, ALWAYS recycle old scripts after you are finished. I usually save my scripts for a good 30 to 60 days, JUST in case the client calls back to make a change or has me RE-voice a certain part or parts. It’s good to have the copy on hand so you can just get it right out and get right to it without having to go into your e-mail, RE-printing it out, wasting valuable TIME and MONEY and INK! We all know how EXPENSIVE ink is these days. Take it from me, I used to be in the ink refill business. It’s quite COSTLY.
Tip 3: Now, it’s so EASY for clients and newbie script writers to have TONS and TONS of run on sentences and grammatical errors in their scripts. This is why I ABSOLUTELY read new scripts over a few times, fixing any grammatical errors, any run on sentences they may have, or if something simply doesn’t sound right, I would just alter the script a little bit, making it EASIER for ME to read and also HELPING the client strengthen their script. First, I would get their permission of course, then, I would send the revisions BACK to them making sure they are OK with the corrections.
Remember, EXCELLENT service is about going ABOVE and BEYOND the call of duty to HELP your clients! This way, not only will they REMEMBER that, but they will most likely RECOMMEND you for your AWESOME service as well! I’m not saying completely write the entire script over, costing you precious time. If you had to completely write a new script, I would totally charge extra for time well spent on writing a killer voice over script.
Lastly while I am talking about script writing, if you ever run into a word that is HARD to pronounce as the way they have it spelt on the script, just break it down and spell it out, or simply spell it the way it SOUNDS rather than it reads. This way when you come across it when reading your voice over scripts, you won’t have any trouble pronouncing it while voicing it. It should just FLOW right out like a river with no problems!
Well, I hope I’ve taught you a valuable lesson while recording voice overs. DON’T mumble in the background, AVOID saying anything that COULD cost you your voice over job! I mean, voice over jobs are hard to come by these days. Take your work AND your client SERIOUSLY and get in the habit of NOT saying anything in the background. This way you won’t have to worry in the long run if you may or may not have said anything in the recording.
Until next time, check out my website, http://www.bestpromovoiceovers.com and also, if you have any questions, feel free to submit a question or comment on my website.
Voice Over Tips & Tricks 5-21-2012
Brad Dassey Voice Overs
The BEST Voice For Promos and Commercials
May 21, 2012
What type of voice over equipment do you need for your voice over studio?
So, you’re probably asking, “what type of equipment do I need for my voice over studio?” The answer is simple. Voice over equipment that is affordable, but quality. You want to have HIGH QUALITY voice overs when doing the voiceovers because for instance, if someone hires you to record their next audio/video project, it has to be the best of the best. If it’s a crappy Wal-mart computer microphone, chances are, they won’t be back to hire you again. If you want a personal recommendation on voice over equipment, contact me through my website, http://www.bestpromovoiceovers.com and I will be sure to give you an AWESOME recommendation for under $700 dollars.
“I’m just starting out in voice over, what do I need to do first?”
So, you’re just starting out in the voice over industry and don’t know where to start. First of all, RELAX, you’re NOT going to start getting gigs over night. And NO, if you join a talent agency, the voice work is NOT going to just start FLOWING in. It takes real SKILL and TALENT to do voice overs and to acquire that skill, it takes time, patience and PRACTICE! And LOTS of it!
3 Things You Will Learn When Just Starting Out In The Voiceover Industry:
The few things I’ve learned in my recent years of doing voiceover is that you have to be PROFESSIONAL. Even if you do an audition for someone and they turn you down, STILL, treat them with kindness because you never know if they will come back a week, a month, a year later and re-consider. If you treat them badly for what seems to be, “wasting your time,” chances are, they’ll NEVER be back again.
Another thing I’ve learned in voice over, is that you want to HELP the customers with their scripts. Offer suggestions to BETTER the script, to STRENGTHEN the script. You want to show your customers you mean BUSINESS, right? Chances are, if you go above and beyond the call of duty to write an AMAZING script for your new client, chances are, they’ll be back, plus, tell all of their friends how awesome you are.
Lastly, one of the most valuable things I’ve learned in voice over is that you have to just be YOURSELF. If you try to sound like the next guy, or a famous movie actor when you know you’re NOT, chances are, you’ll sound like a fool and the sound won’t come out right. You can’t be practicing your Don LaFontaine movie trailer voice when you really don’t HAVE one to begin with. And NO, getting a, “Don Lafontaine movie trailer voice changer isn’t going to work, either. You want to be a STRAIGHT shooter, right? Of course. Just act NATURAL, be YOURSELF.
So, that’s all I have for giving you voice over tips and tricks for now. There’s no REAL secret to voiceovers, just act natural, be yourself and learn anything and everything you can. There is a LOT of free information out there to learn from, so do the research, practice, practice, practice! I’m not going to bore you with a 10 page essay on how to do voice overs, so every week or so, I’ll be offering tips and advice on how to advance you to the next stage.
How to practice voiceovers:
As far as leaving you with one last piece of voice over advice, practice reading EVERYTHING. When you walk through the grocery store, read the signs posted, read them in a unique way to yourself. Maybe even out loud, but make sure you don’t sound crazy to the guy standing next to you.
Write up a fake script or find voice over practice scripts online for free. Read them, get familiar with them. As I mentioned, it takes real SKILL to be a professional voice over actor and you’re going to need LOTS and LOTS of PRACTICE. You might as well start NOW.
Once you record your voiceover and THINK you have it down, wait about an hour or so and come back and RE-LISTEN to it again… Chances are, it probably still sounds HORRIBLE.
Another thing you can do is LISTEN to all the TV Ads on television, or the RADIO ads on the radio. See how THEY sound and try and match the same tones and inflections in your voice, as theirs.
Don’t worry, you’re just starting out in voice over and you’re not going to become a famous voice actor over night…
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