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Are you struggling with the sound of your voice? How do you deal with it? Does it get better? In this video, Anne gives you some pro-tips that help.
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Today. I want to talk about how to get used to the sound of your own voice. Having been a voice actor and been in the industry for many years, I'm quite used to listening to myself, recording live in my studio, as well as recordings of myself. And I often get asked the question, how can I get used to the sound of my voice? Or how can I embrace the sound of my voice, or how can I tell if my voice sounds okay for my client?
Well, number one, let's kind of just go back and think about what our intent is when we're in the studio and voicing something. We really just want to be engrossed in telling the story. So if we, again, take that extra time to really try to critique what we sound like or question what we sound like, then I think we've gone a little too far in the evaluation of
how other people may perceive what we sound like, what we sound like to ourselves is entirely different than what you sound like to other people. There have been scientific studies. I think the best thing that you can concentrate on rather than, you know, getting used to your own voice or trying to change what your own voice sounds like is to embrace the creative artist in you.
That's telling. Embrace the fact that you are engaging in a conversation with your listener because listening to your own voice, I think even now 15, 16 years later, I don't know if I'm used to the sound of my own voice. I have a very good idea of what I think I sound like, but then when I listened back to a recording, sometimes it sounds absolutely different.
And I think a lot of people let that trip them up in the beginning, especially when you're auditioning. You end up auditioning 14, 15 times with the same piece of copy until you can't even tell what you're listening to anymore. So try to turn that around and embrace the artist in you that can tell the story.
And don't go so far as to say, well, I don't know what I even sound like, or I don't like what I sound like. Most people I talk to, aren't really thrilled with the voice that they sound like in their recordings, and they're always trying to change it. So I want you to concentrate on being able to connect with your audience and tell that story rather than on what your voice sounds like telling that story.
So after your record makes sure that you go back and you listen for the story and not the tone. It's really difficult to understand what you sound like without embracing the artists in you and understanding that you need to be able to tell the story first. And that is the most important to make that connection, not the sound of your voice.
Thanks for reading!
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Anne Ganguzza is a professional voice actor and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voiceover and business skills - including voice over Coaching and Genre-based Demo Production. She specializes in conversational Commercial & Narration styles, including Corporate, eLearning, Technology, and On-Hold Messaging. Located in Orange County, California, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students via ipDTL and Zoom.