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Look for the Subtext

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Understanding the subtext of the script is key when making acting choices for your Voiceover performance. It's more than just choosing which word to emphasize, it's about intention and objective. Anne gives you a couple of quick examples as a starting place to discover the subtext in your next script.

Hey everyone, today I want to talk to you about subtext and why it's important for you to understand in order to add authenticity and believability to your performance.

Subtext is an inner monologue that helps you to determine your choices when you speak the copy. Think of it as the text that kind of runs underneath the actual copy. In order to understand the subtext you really have to understand the story that's being presented. So then you can then add on those subtle nuances that really add to the authenticity of your performance.

OK sample: if you were to say "Those jeans look great on you!" I really mean that I'm really happy. I love the way those jeans look on you.

However, if I were to say it like this "Oh those jeans look good on you" that's not really the same meeting.

Or I could say something like "Wow those jeans look good on YOU." So one thing to consider is that it's a different emotion it's a different meaning each way that I say that. Of course the way that I'm saying it makes a huge difference, and it doesn't always come down to just one word that might be emphasized more than the other. It really is an understanding of the story that you're trying to tell.

It really is helpful for you to make sure that you understand where does the story start where does the story end or how does the story end, and all of the things that kind of come up in the middle are the main topics for you to be able to tell that story better. Once you understand that story you're going to be able to put that part of you with that nuanced emotion into your voice-over performance. When you find the story and the subtext it really helps to get your performance into the zone voiceover zone as I like to call it.

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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