Bad audio can ruin a good video, and bad a voice-over can wear on your viewers’ patience. A smooth, clear and enjoyable narration is what’s needed. Look over your script and Find Your Voice.
For the most part producer’s have grown tired of the “Mr. Announcer Voice.” Producers are looking for more conversational, casual voices. But, you do need to speak clearly and decide what attitude fits your narration.
Push your vocal inflection and emotion. Record and listen to your playback for practice. Make sure your read fits the context of your video. Pre-read your material a few times before you start recording.
What if your project is a 20-minute training video filled with technical terms and chemical names? The time spent in preparation makes your final performance that much better. Knowing how things fit together in the final product will help with pacing.
Don’t be afraid to add some emotion and excitement to your read when necessary. Practice out loud. Remember, the script sounds different in your head. This will also identify any words or phrases that could be troubling.
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I have coined various phrases like “Lips Apart, Then Start”. The Voice Most Desired, Is The Voice Most Hired”… I’m particularly fond of this one…it came to me when working with a voice actor who thought he was too sibilant. I listened to him closely to determine that he was merely holding on to his S’s too long. All I had to say to him was, “Get off your lazy S!
Playback your recordings to determine if this might not apply to you as well. In most cases however, your sibilance that really annoys you, may not bother anyone else. Others may not find it to be as in your face as you think it is. We are our own worst critics. I know you’ve heard this before, and I know that by now, you have found it to be true.
So before you spend additional time editing those S’s you’ve already recorded in half, consider whether they’re worth your time and effort.
The best way to cut down on sibilance is to catch it on the front end and simply, get off your lazy S.