Find yourself getting tongue tied?
Tripping over words right, left and center?
Maybe it’s particular words that always give you pause…the words that you see coming but can’t quite wrangle into submission. The words that result in take, after take, after take.
Sometimes, these words can make you throw up your arms in surrender and turn your face from the mic.
Can you relate?
Enjoy Otishia Emmens‘ article on how to manage your voice over kryptonite in today’s VOX Daily!
The Voice Over’s Kryptonite
By: Otishia Emmens
Kryptonite. The K-Metal that robbed Superman of his powers proved to be a criminal’s secret weapon and kept on supply as a precaution against Superman’s interference.
How does this relate to a voice over’s career? Well, one thing that is sure to keep a voice over limited and weak is not reading. This component of your career is fundamental to building your vocabulary and expanding your creativity.
Taking the time to read out loud for just 15-30 minutes a day can help your diction and vocal range. A good mystery or suspense thriller will bring out a tone of deep dark tension that builds up to the exciting reveal of who done it. A comedic read can inflect a lighthearted or flat out belly laugh. An educational, bio or historic read will bring out a reflective tone. You see where I’m going with this. The importance of being able to practice with these various reading styles helps you become multifaceted in your craft.Daily reading helps you to
become familiar with those tricky words that often leave you scrambling for your pronunciation app before auditioning or working on a last minute job. It allows you to focus on bringing that script to life.
Want to become a master at pronunciation while keeping a stylistic beat? Check out the following books:
- Finnegan’s Wake & Ulysses by James Joyce
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
OK, perhaps those are too intense with your morning coffee. How about your favorite blog, news story or magazine article? Read it in a different voice or your own; the key is to just read!
Getting Back to The Basics
All of your reading work won’t be behind a microphone. Change it up a little. Programs for literacy and the blind give you the opportunity to read out loud. Give your voice a platform to mesmerize the ears that will hear by volunteering today. Just as Superman’s goals were to save innocent people from the evil of the world, the voice over’s job is to be just as diverse in rendering their voice to heal, educate and entertain.
Practice Makes Perfect
A serious artist will sharpen their skills to become the very best. Reading for the voice over is no different. If you are not practicing you are not perfecting.
Keep the Kryptonite away. Read every day.
About Otishia Emmens
Otishia “Ms. Tish” Emmens is a professional voiceover actor and blog writer.
Her range of specialties includes commercials, radio, narrative, audio books, training videos, telephone IVR, Internet, and spokesperson for weddings and companies, just to name a few.
To learn more visit: www.teworks.org/thevoicethatspeaksvolumes
Photo credit: Otishia Emmens