Have you ever considered just how much is involved in voice over work?
When you think about all that is involved in just simply speaking, you’ll note that voice acting can be quite the workout!
Learn more by reading Canadian voice over coach Bob Cook’s article via today’s VOX Daily.
The Physicality of “Voice” Work!
By Bob Cook
Whether you’re a 30-year veteran or a beginner looking through the windows of your first voice-over studio, the act of voicing out loud is “PHYSICAL.” Here is what I mean. To read something out loud you need your EYES to see, THE MIND to understand, THE MOUTH so that the words have somewhere to come out of. THE TONGUE so that you can say the words, the LUNGS so there is air for the words to float out onto and finally there are your EARS for you to hear what you are doing.
That’s a total of 6 different body parts that must go together to make “a voice over happen.” Now all of us use these body parts all the time in many different ways but it’s when we put these 6 together to read out loud that the challenge begins.
A 30-year veteran doesn’t have to consciously think about how these 6 body parts work together and because they don’t, they are able to make a living doing voice work. But for those of you who are just beginning you have to be made aware that voice work is “physicality” first. All these body parts have to be working together so that they don’t “sound” like they’re working at all.
If you want to exercise your bicep and make it more efficient you have to “exercise.” The mouth has about 43 muscles and if you want your mouth to be efficient then you have to “exercise” it. So begin by picking up a magazine-newspaper-script-bible something that has words printed on it. Begin by reading out loud for 15 minutes everyday for the rest of your life.
Daunting yes, but it will change your life when it comes to doing voice work.
About Bob Cook
Bob Cook is a 30 year veteran in the field of audio production and is currently offering hands on one-on-one coaching sessions at Ta-Da! Voiceworks in Toronto as well as through Skype for those outside the Toronto area. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.