Voice acting tips how to be more conversational

Dec 06, 2019

What does it mean?

  1. Conversational Tone - Approachable, friendly, sincere
  2. Heightened Life - Conversational with all the boring parts taken out
  3. Conversational voice-overs can be different

When should we practice it?

  1. Should be part of your warm-ups every day - Clearly define a warm-up pattern. Spend a little bit on creating your warm-up routine for conversational reads, i.e. examples that you can use to imitate, and practice them.
  2. Before you go into a recording session - Develop a sentence, brief script, or phrase and put it to memory. Before you begin recording the conversational read, repeat those words 2-4 times to drop yourself into the conversational pocket.
  3. When you are driving alone - One of the best times to practice your conversational tone is when you are alone.

Where should you use it?

  1. Directions by the client - Clearly when a client asks you to use it
  2. Interpretation - But there is also an interpretation of the script, and the client can be saying one thing but meaning another.
  3. Demo / Samples - You want to make sure you are clearly defining the tone in your marketing files

Why is it important?

  1. The day and age we live in - Because of technology and online trust issues, sounding real is more important now than ever.
  2. Trends - Staying up on trends is extremely important, no matter what business you are in. Conversational tones are trending and I don’t see any sign they are going away.
  3. What your business offers - I like to think of the tones are can do as different products my business offers. The more range of products I have, the more marketing I am.

How to do a conversational read?

Tip 1: Speak from your throat. This is a great tip I learned from Bill Dewees and I find that it makes me sound more gravely and less precise. You don’t have to sound gravelly to be conversational, but conversations are not perfect sounding.

Tip 2: End up at the end of sentences - when we are being authoritative, or acting like we are knowledgeable about a subject, ending down on the last word or two in a sentence is a great way to show it. But in conversations, we are not always so experienced and confident.

Tip 3: Color your words - When we are talking in conversations, we often give multiple emotions and thoughts within one sentence itself. This means that we use inflection, speed, tempo, and pauses to add a wide variety to our speaking.


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