Every profession requires a particular skillset and people aspiring to be in any profession should hone required skills. A famous voice-over performer, Peter Salzano has identified major voice-over skill sets and shares it for those who wish to take up voice-over acting as their profession.
This blog will help you refine your current skills and develop new ones. Since Peter loves blogging equally, he contemplates on his journey to be a successful voice-over artist and shares important guidelines for the newcomers in the industry.
Peter sums up the overall skill requirement for voice acting as a series of C’s. From clarity to consistency to cold reading and some more C’s, you will find your way to the top of the industry. These C’s are all you need to polish your talent and shine brightly.
Clarity – The most important skill that you require to step in the world of voice acting is the articulation of speech. A voice actor’s speech much has impeccable clarity. Each word should be clearly understood by the audience. The words should not be swallowed, mumbled or garbled. You need to balance your enunciation between over-articulation and under -articulation.
Cleanliness – Another important trait that a voice-over actor needs to inculcate in himself is cleanliness in speech. Cleanliness refers to removing unnecessary sounds like huffing, tongue clicking, hissing, made by your mouth while speaking.
Consistency – One of the most valued skills in voiceover is consistency. You need to be consistent in your volume, energy, pacing, articulation, characterization, and the coordination of eye-brain. You need to develop a sharp sense of interpretation. As soon as your eyes read a dialogue, your brain should process it and tongue should utter it with the right context.
Connected – Being connected to the script is vital to your performance. To believe in what you’re reading brings confidence and in your speech. A professional voice artist must always sound like he is actually interested in what he is narrating. Being connected also means physically connecting to every page and keeping a note of the line your eyes scan.
Conversational – It is very important for a voice-over artist to be conversational while performing. You should be able to lift words off the page effortlessly as if it is an impromptu speech. You should be able to narrate a script at conversational pace – the way you converse in your everyday life.
Control – Your voice should always be in your control. You should be able to have good control over your pitch, volume, tune, breathing, inflexion, and prosody. A voice artist should know how and when to modulate his voice.
Peter J Salzano believes that an aspiring voice artist should master the above set of C’s in order to pave a successful career. Though there are many more skills that are required for voice acting but the above-mentioned skills are the basic ones.
As the famous saying goes, “practice makes a man perfect”, the same applies to the beginners in the voice-over industry. The more you practise, the finer you get in this profession.