Here are some VOICEOVER SESSIONS TIPS that will help to get you called back for repeat voiceover work.
Are you a dream to work with? Or a nightmare?
Getting ready for the recording session
- Check noisy jewellery and clothing. Soft cottons are good, silks and nylons not so good.
- Be warmed up and ready to go – that means brain, body, and voice.
- DO NOT rock up with coffee in hand.
- Turn your phone off.
Hydration and hygiene
- Hydrate! Drink loads of water as a daily habit and sip in the session to avoid dry mouth sounds (annoying little clicks picked up on mic).
- Shower as close to the session as possible. Do not cover yourself in smelly perfumes or body sprays. I can very clearly remember a few VOs who were never be called back because of poor hygiene. Yuck!
At the session
- Say hi and smile.
- Give a real level. When you are asked to speak ‘on mic’ to test for levels give a level somewhere close to how you expect to give a take of the actual script.
- Go easy on the volume – in most cases think of speaking to just one person.
‘The mistakes don’t really matter – it is how you handle them that really matters.’
- Get into the habit of acknowledging mistakes by leaving a silent 3-second pause – the engineer will love you for this. When you do make a mistake, don’t keep saying sorry!
- Look but don’t touch. If you need something adjusting, ask.
- Stay calm – breathe. When it feels like it is going wrong, it probably isn’t and worrying about it will not improve the session or your performance.
- Listen. Listen to the direction and the discussion between producer and client.
- Stay open, playful and flexible.
- Take just as much notice and give just as much weight to the direction suggestions from the engineer as to the client, producer/director. Thank them.
- Be positive, friendly and someone who is fun to work with.