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Even though some people think that VO is just reading scripts for money, it's so much more. In this episode, Anne reveals a secret tip to improve your VO reads.
Quick tip to improve your performance.
So today I want to talk about the importance of setting the scene.
So a lot of times we are given specs for our auditions about how the casting director wants the spot to sound conversational, speaking to your best friend. Then we set our scene, but a lot of times we set the scene where we are starting the scene ourselves. And when we start the scene ourselves, that is almost like a precedent-setting monologue. Meaning, I am in the scene now, and I'm going to start talking to you, versus having a scene set where we enter the scene, or maybe we're a part of the scene and things are already happening so that when we voiced those very first words, we need to be reacting to that scene and not just speaking a monologue.
We need to react to what's happening because that's what's creating the most natural conversation. Or the most believable performance from us. Really take the time to set the scene and then maybe have someone talking to you, you know, prior to even starting to voice the very first words, have them talking to you and then you react with the first words in the script. Because that's going to make the entrance and the very first sentence that you say believable, as opposed to just being the monologue. It can have a very different feel and a very different sound and casting directors will pick up on that right away.
If you are reacting to a scene versus simply just standing on the stage and presenting a model. To wrap it up, make sure that you set the scene and you react to the scene. You don't set the scene and then stand there and speak your monologue.
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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.