Voiceover: An Evolution [Part 1]

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An Evolution: Part 1

VOICEOVER

I took being a voiceover for granted when I got into it… I had a boyfriend who was a talented engineer that recorded my demo; a top agent who took me on, probably because I shared the same name as his beloved daughter; and I booked my first audition because the copy was written like a sketch comedy, a skill I had honed at Upright Citizens Brigade for four years prior. All the pieces fell into place…

Now, five years later, I realize, like most things voiceover is not easy. It’s a craft and a business and I’m re-evaluating my approach and will take those who are interested on the ride with me.

First things first: A Coach. Craft means training and as much as I thought my acting background would float me as a voiceover, that’s not the case. There are tricks to tapping into your truth as a voiceover, and that’s what brands want. They don’t want you to sell their product to consumers they want you to make them believe in it.

I sent feelers out to my agents and got these names:

  • Marice Tobias - Known as “the voice whisperer,” I’ve heard she has an intuitive, almost spiritual approach to the craft.

  • Mary Lynn Wissner - Mary Lynn is lovely. I got a lot out of our session including one tip I still use. Ask yourself a question before going into the read… For example:

The first line of a script is: At Morningside Hospital, we know nothing is more important than your baby. A question you might ask yourself before reading that first line is: What hospital will make me feel safe with my baby? Ask the question, then go into the read - When you do this that first line is now an answer to your question, which is what an ad is. It answers the consumers question, solving their problem.

  • Nancy Wolfson - I’ve learned a lot from just watching Nancy’s free videos on Youtube. She’s talented, but honestly it’s a racket to get in for a session. I won’t elaborate, but I spent more energy on her to do’s and aligning the dots for this session that I paid for then I did on an actual voiceover job. I hope the session is worth it.

Two more I have yet to investigate are Dave Walsh and Leslie Jane Cornish.

I’ll keep this blog updated as I continue my hunt for the right coach, but until then I’ve been looking at free voiceover tips on Youtube before auditions and trying new things in my studio.

One tip I got from one of Nancy’s videos is: Admission at a hush. We tend to belt out copy, but instead treat the mic like an ear you’re speaking into… This has made my reads more intimate and personal, like I’m only speaking to the listener.

For those who are just starting their voiceover journey check this out: Get Started In VO

My agent, In Both Ears, sent it out and I’ve been sharing it with those who have an interest in getting in the game. Hopefully, you’ll take voiceover more seriously then I did in the beginning… To my evolution in Voiceover: The Beginning.