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Athletes call it "flow", Chess players call it being, "locked-in", Monks call it, "being present". These are all different ways of describing being in the "zone". But how do you find that place when you're reading a script? What can you do to find the zone in Voiceover? Anne breaks it down.
Getting in the zone of your read is really a feeling. It's great when you can feel that you are in the zone of the read. That means that you are truly connected to the story. Telling the story and nothing else matters. A lot of times when we come into our studios and start to voice something it takes us a little while to get ourselves into the zone.
So one tip could be for you, once you feel that you're in the zone, you've got a rhythm and you're able to tell that story, is to just keep rolling through the end and then start over right away. Because a lot of times for voice actors it takes a few sentences where it takes you to know maybe three or four sentences so that they settle into something. You could also pre-roll and tell a story before you start that first line. Because that first line is so so important for you to nail. That's what the first few notes that people hear. That's when they make that decision. So you can lead into it with a story like "You know so you know how the other day I was talking about this particular product and I really wanted to talk to you about it" and then boom start into your script.
Or you could actually maybe take the last couple of lines at the end of your script where you felt that zone and you're in the zone, and just go right back to the top. Voice the last two lines then come right back up to the top of the script and that's going to help do you have that same feeling of being in the zone and being connected and telling that story. Because again, that first sentence is so very important for you to nail to be in the story. That has to be the point where you're actually reacting to the story or reacting to the person that you're talking to. When you're in the zone you are confident, you're engaged, as a matter of fact, you're as engaged as your listener. Telling that story.
There's a lot of not just words happening, but there's a lot of emotion. There's a lot of give-and-take for your audience. It's really I think the best way to describe it is you feel it when it's right. A lot of times if you ever had that take when you just felt right? You're like well that's just felt right. That's what you want to achieve in every single read. That's the type of connection, that's the type of confidence, that's the type of storytelling that you want to be able to nail every single time.
Much love and Keep on rockin' your biz!
About the Author: Anne Ganguzza is a full-time voice talent and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voice over and business skills - including VO demo training and production. She specializes in Conversational Commercial and Narration styles, including Corporate, E-Learning, Technology, Healthcare - Medical, Telephony, and On-Hold. Located in Orange County, CA, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students in person and via Skype, ipDTL or Zoom.