Do You Exercise Your Voice Acting Skills?
Try These Four From Patrick Fraley ...
December 14, 2018
By Patrick Fraley
Voice Actor & Trainer
The following few exercises are from my newest book, Patrick Fraley's Complete Book of Voice Over Exercises, which I'm pleased to share with VoiceOverXtra readers. At my latest count, the book features over 250 exercises and the like. Enjoy!
The Anger to Frustration Shift Exercise
Playing "Anger" can be too strident for certain scenes and genres. What can you do? Shift from Anger to Frustration. No one will be the wiser.
Objective: To practice shifting from anger to frustration.
Materials: The Anger to Frustrations Sentences below, your recording device, and a partner if available.
A Note On Good Acting: The way to approach anger or frustration or other emotions is not by "presenting them." Good acting is about trying to change the thinking and feelings of the person to whom you are speaking.
For example, if I want to appear angry or frustrated in a scene, I think about "diminishing" or "belittling" the person to whom I'm speaking. The end result is that I "appear" angry or frustrated.
Anger to Frustrations Sentences:
Didn't He Ramble Exercise
Performers tend to overemphasize or "pound words" for meaning. Here's an exercise that will give you practice in performing dialogue without overemphasizing words and belaboring your dialogue.
Objective: To practice delivering dialogue with a faster tempo, and not overemphasizing words.
Materials: A recording device
Duration: 10 minutes
Note: Make sure you are playing an action. Also, dishonor the punctuation as you "ramble through" the dialogue lines.
Do It Wrong Exercise
Objective: To identify and clarify the wrong way of performing, so that you may focus on finding the right way.
Materials: A recorder device and a partner is you have one.
Duration: About 10 minutes.
Do It Wrong Lines:
Private, Prison and Personal Exercise
When you are given the note to speak in a quiet or hushed tone, the question you should ask yourself is, "Why?" There are three basic reasons people are quiet. You don't want to confuse them.
Objective: To help you differentiate between circumstances, which require a hushed tone.
Materials: A recording device, and a partner if handy
Duration: 10-15 minutes
Private, Prison, Personal Lines:
Voice actor and voice-over trainer Patrick Fraley holds an MFA from Cornell University in Pro Acting, and is the author of 16 books on voice-over, including Patrick Fraley's Complete Book of Voice Over Exercises. He has supplied voices to more than 5,000 cartoon characters, placing him in the top 10 to be cast in animated TV programs. And he trains voice actors in workshops nationwide and in online Home Study Courses that include personal coaching.
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