By Stephanie Ciccarelli
December 8, 2009
Have you ever really listened to your own voice?
Do you take time to soak in the work of others in the voice over field?
I'd like to try a little experiment and hope that you'll get back to me with your findings. Take part now... instructions are in this VOX Daily!
Focusing on the Voice
Isn't it amazing how one sense can be heightened with the absence of another?
Try closing your eyes and momentarily removing the sense of sight.
When you close your eyes, listen to what you hear on TV, specifically voice over in commercials.
Try listening for the voice talent's use of:
- Voice age
Jot down your impressions and commentary, making note of what you heard and how effective you thought the voice overs were.
Did the voice over tell a story? Did it engage you in a friendly manner? Were you moved to action?
Now, Listen to Your Own Work in the Same Way
A tough assignment, eh?
Being conscious of your voice is very important. Hearing yourself perform may take some getting used to before you can become completely comfortable and embrace your instrument.
Similarly, it's of equal importance that you are aware of your acting abilities.
Just like you did before when analyzing the work of others, write down anything that stuck out to you about your own performances. Where did you shine? Is there a spot where you may have held back?
What Did You Hear?
Listen again to hear your artistic choices. Did they sound informed, deliberate, and committed?
Were you able to identify any areas, whether technical or artistic, that you'd like to further develop or explore?
Let me know if you tried this exercise. I'm curious to learn of your findings! Comment here on the article or reply via email to share your observations and insight.
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