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How to use Subtext to tell the story of the script!


Many times, the words on the page of your script don’t reflect the whole story the client is trying to tell. It’s your job to find out and convey that story. Finding the subtext in a script will give you clues as to what the complete story is.


In today's video, we're gonna talk about subtext, and why it's so important to put it into your read.

Hey everyone I'm Anne Ganguzza welcome to my channel. If this is your first time here, the purpose of my channel is to make you a better voice actor. Today I want to talk to you about subtext, that meaning behind or underneath the words that you see in your copy.

With subtext, you can really do a lot to add a whole bunch of texture and storyline to the copy. You want to make sure that in your head you're understanding the subject's point of view of where that copy is headed.

If you're just reading the copy kind of at face value and you're just evaluating it sentence by sentence, it's not going to give the listener more detail about the story or more interest in the story. Remember, when we are voicing we are essentially just telling stories and so we want to make the stories interesting. We really want to grab people's attention and help them follow along.

Understanding the subtext of the story and running that through your head as you are voicing can really help to bring more emotion, more texture to your words, and more meaning to the rhythm of the way read the script. Technically understanding the subtext or responding to subtext or hearing subtext in your head allows that read to really come alive to really be more spontaneous.

It can really help to bring that listener along the journey with you. Read your copy and try to understand overall the point of view that is trying to be made in that copy, and understand the subtext. What is that underlying message that they are trying to say? Once you understand that you then be able to tell the story.

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.  



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