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No, it's not just reading scripts for money. It's not, at all. Every script, EVERY SCRIPT, has a story. It's your job as a voice actor to find it and tell it in a way that connects to your listener. Here's how.
We are voice actors, and for every genre you must act.
Today I wanna talk to you about acting, voice acting.
I teach a lot of different genres of voiceover, commercial, all types of narration, medical narration, corporate narration, corporate training, eLearning, explainers, and all of them require acting. You might be surprised because I have a lot of my narration students that feel that narration is more of an information delivery, but I beg to differ because we are voice actors and called voice actors for a reason. So no matter what it is that we are voicing, we need to be storytellers.
We need to be able to put ourselves into the scene where we are actually communicating the words on the script to the listener. So therefore, we are telling a story. And whether that story happens to be about a corporate policy or, uh, a lesson that you're trying to teach a student about science, or a commercial where you're trying to sell them, uh, a new cake mix, all of that has a story, and it has a character, you and of course the people that you are talking to. So you need to put yourself into the scene and imagine yourself telling that story to the audience.
And I usually like to say it's one person in that audience because when you make it about them, right, then it becomes personal, and it becomes more intimate, and it becomes something that the listener wants to listen to, because you're directing it at them. If you are simply narrating or reciting words on the page and delivering information, the person in the back can kind of go, ooh, she's not really talking to me, so let me go ahead and do something else. Let me go get something in the refrigerator. Let me text my friends. And so what happens there is you really have a disconnect with your listeners.
So when you are voicing anything, any script, put yourself in the scene. You are the character speaking to another character and telling that story, whatever those words are on the page, and you're responsible for making those words come alive on the page, no matter how well written or not well written they are. And that's when the challenge comes in. And I think that, for me, becomes an additional boost to my character because the more -- the harder it is to tell that story, the more determined I am to actually really dig deep and find the character, find the scene, put myself in that scene, and then be able to be in the scene to talk to you, and to really relay that message in a meaningful way, and not just in a information delivery way.
So yeah, we are voice actors, and for every genre you must act.
Thanks for reading!
Keep on rocking your business like a #VOBOSS
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.