By Stephanie Ciccarelli
December 7, 2009
Carrying on from yesterday's post about just how sensitive microphones are in a recording studio, we're going to talk fashion for a moment and share some do's and don'ts from professional voice talent and recording engineers with regard to what you should and shouldn't wear in the booth.
There are a variety of things you should not wear when in an audio recording session, some of which we detailed yesterday... in today's article, we'll take a closer look at the kind of clothing real working talent wear when doing voice overs.
Are voice over talent fashion plates in the booth? Could they ever be?
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What do professional voice actors wear when they record?
George Washington III shares, "I have made the mistake of going from an on camera appearance, complete with starched shirt, to a recording session... with same said shirt. Never again. Always soft cottons and blends, no starch for the booth!"
Liz de Nesnera advises that you should avoid polyester and opt for cotton or knitwear for best results.
Ellen Dubin says, "Nothing with buttons that clank. Zippers. Polyester has a rustling quality to it. Don't wear jewels. For shoes, I like runners or soft soles. Don't wear clicking heels! Wear soft fabrics. Don't wear long sleeves, take your coat off, wristwatch off and leave your cell phone in the car or out of the booth."
Nik Fox, a recording engineer and voice from Northern Ireland, relates, "Polyester and nylon are big no-nos! Especially the noise and static caused by nylon!! I find a nice comfy cotton rugby shirt and a nice pair of soft jeans work well :)"
Dawn Harvey's recommendation is perhaps the most attractive. She cites, "Loose cotton night shirt and fuzzy slippers!" as being her preferred getup in the booth.
à¹ Cottons and blends
à¹ Well-worn denim
à¹ Soft sole shoes / sneakers / slippers
Now that we have a good idea of what kind of clothing is acceptable, perhaps it is time for some enterprising fashion designer to start their own line of fashionably quiet outfits and accessories for voice over and on-camera talent!
This may not be catwalk material, or clothing that Stacy London and Clinton Kelly would deck someone out in, but it could be a very practical solution that would serve an entire industry well when they are doing their best to make others sound THEIR best!
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