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VOICE ACTING VIDEO
The Conversational Read: Relax Into Your
Voice And Become Comfortable With It
July 26, 2016

(VOXtra) - Can you have an easy conversation with your microphone? Relaxed, natural, as if talking to a friend? It's a style much in demand these days.

But it's NOT easy! Many of us tense up when activating the mic. And if we've been weaned on the so-called "announcer style" of voicing, that's a hard habit to shake.

In this brief video, UK voice talent / VO coach Gary Terzza demonstrates how to ease into a "natural" read. And you might want to follow along in the transcript that is directly below the video.

Thanks for letting us share, Gary!




VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ...


In the last few years in voice overs, there's been a move toward a more conversational, chatty, informal style, which is fine, but how do you achieve it?

Hello. Welcome along to my VO Master Class. It's the Holy Grail of a voice over read. It is the conversational delivery. How do you achieve it? It's one of those elusive things that does escape some people, but other people seem to be able to do it, just like that.

I want you today to listen to one of my students. It's Mark Thomas, and here he is doing a voiceover for Mathletics in association with UNICEF.

Mark Thomas:
Zimbabwe is home to over 30 million people. More than 72% of the population here live below the poverty line. At Mathletics, we believe no young person should go without an education. That's why we're proud to work in partners with UNICEF since 2014.
Gary Terzza:

It's a really natural, lovely read. Isn't it? It just seems to flow. It's as if Mark's chatting to us in a coffee bar somewhere, and he's just telling us all about Mathletics and about UNICEF, and I think that's very important. He's inhabiting the words, but he's also not hitting certain words too hard.

Let's take a look at these words here. This is a corporate script, and I'm going to read it in a voiceovery way.
These days, it's imperative to put your best digital foot forward by maintaining a positive online image. If you haven't thought about it before, perhaps it's time to take a hard, honest look at how you're managing your online reputation.
In my opinion, that's far too overdone really, and I think I can make it a bit more natural, a bit more informal, a bit more conversational.
These days, it's imperative to put your best digital foot forward by maintaining a positive online image. If you haven't thought about it before, perhaps it's time to take a hard, honest look at how you're managing your online reputation.
I think that's a much better way of doing it. It's more natural. It's lighter. I'm not trying to be Voiceover Man, which in fact, in the early days, I always used to be, and it never worked, and you end up sounding a bit like a radio DJ really.

It's getting to know the words and it's getting to know your voice, as well, and learning to relax into that voice and being comfortable with it, as well.
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ABOUT GARY
Gary Terzza is a UK voice over coach based in London. He is also a long established voice over artist with a client list that includes Channel 4, BBC, ITV, Pepsi-Cola, Symantec, BAE Systems and Hitachi.


Web: www.vomasterclass.com
Blog: www.vomasterclass.blogspot.co.uk

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Comments (1)
Ken Farmer
7/26/2016 at 9:32 AM
Good article, Gary. I've been a professional actor for over 40 years and an acting/VO coach for the last 20. I try to keep it simple. I tell my voice actors to pretend the mic is a person...their best friend, and then just tell the damn story.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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