Arms Flailing, Torso Shifting - Your Body
In Motion Gives Life To A Voice Over Read
June 1, 2015
By Hugh Klitzke
Casting Director and Coach
When an actor reads for me in a booth (a class, a demo session, an audition, coaching - whenever), I have a habit. I don't look.
I believe that we hear with our eyes as well as our ears. And the product I am creating with an actor is purely audio. So I do my best to concentrate on that as much as possible.
More often than not - unless I'm following a script - I even close my eyes. But that does have a drawback. Because I do not see the body of the actor at work in voice over, I am less likely to comment it.
But I'll try and speak about it now.
GET YOUR BODY IN MOTION
There is a life to the read that is only generated in the voice by a body in motion.
It's a weirdly beautiful combination of natural organic motion and an unnatural posture.
So - I am saying that the body informs the read and you must master how much motion you need to make the read happen without getting in the way of the recording itself. This comes with time on mic while wearing the headset.
It's a pas de deux for you and the microphone, and the recording is the dance the two of you make together.
Hugh P. Klitzke is studio manager and voice casting director for a leading bi-coastal talent agency, who has directed more than 85,000 auditions for all voice over genres. Based in New York City, he is also a coach specializing in teaching voice over for actors, and writes VO4TA, a twice-weekly blog with helpful voice acting tips.
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