By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 25, 2010
There are many different opinions and creative processes when it comes to interpretation and performance, but what do people think about audibly breathing in an audition submission?
The trend is to remove the breaths which begs the question:
Is editing breaths out really necessary, and if so, what impact does it have?
To breathe or not to breathe? That is the question in today's VOX Daily.
This morning I received a question from a voice over talent who said, "I've run into vo artists locally who tell me that all auditions should be "debreathed," not just lowering the volume of breath noises, but cutting them out completely. What do you recommend?"
What an interesting question to be asked! My thoughts are as follows:
Editing breaths out of auditions might be a reasonable thing to do, especially if a talent is having some respiratory issues or has a cold. You could remove the breaths to make the audio sound cleaner but the end result could be that the voice over loses an aspect of its humanity and may sound unnatural.
If the breath "sounds" right or feels like it should be there given the context of the copy and character, you could leave it in. This would be a matter of preference and discernment.
While there might be some extra work involved, removing a breath that doesn't align well with the read or character might be what makes the difference between a polished presentation and one that did not fall in line with their character or the context of the script and read.
Do you edit out your breaths in auditions? Does this even matter to people hiring talent? Let me know your thoughts!
Looking forward to hearing from you.