If you can imagine it, you can voice it convincingly!
Want to make your reads more compelling? Read this post to learn how. Even the thought of something can stir up the same feeling or emotional response as actually experiencing it.
John Tesh mentioned on his radio show last week that people who only imagined laughing experienced the same level of happiness released by endorphins as people who actually laughed out loud. What that means for voice actors is that if you can summon a memory of a particular event or imagine yourself experiencing a feeling, it will trigger a reaction just as real as if it were happening to you. We could refer to this as ‘method acting’. Method actors draw upon life experiences and personal memories to perform their roles.
So, imaging something happy could make your voice happier sounding; a poignant memory could make your voice sound melancholic; imaging that you’ve just stubbed your toe could even make you feel pain… ouch! Surely there are days when inspiration is lost before the mic or you’ve hit the proverbial brick wall and feel that you have nothing left to give. Calling upon memories, images or thoughts will lift your spirits will make you and your voice react, resulting in a more genuine interpretation of the copy.
Another tip John suggested to boost your mood was to look through old family photo albums. Remembering happy times and seeing images of people you love has an amazing effect on your spirit and outlook. Why don’t you give it a try and let us know how this theory worked for you by leaving a comment or by sending in some audio feedback to email@example.com.