By Lin Parkin
April 20, 2011
Ever had to scream, sneeze or laugh for a voice over job?
When you get a script, sometimes there are extra vocal bits that you need to include aside from the copy presented, particularly in entertainment.
Learn more about the kind of work that's out there for voice over professionals in today's VOX Daily.
Productions in the entertainment industry often have background noises that need to be enhanced by the human voice. Commonly, voice actors are needed to beef up exertion noises such as grunts, groans, screams and background noises such as crowds, traffic, animal noises and even digital sounds.
Learning how to effectively use your voice to make a variety of exertion sounds is a great way to enhance your voice over resume and can provide you with some bread and butter work as this is a regularly requested type of voice over in the entertainment industry.
The movie, television, and gaming industry all use voice effects in their productions to help round out and enrich the audio quality of their productions. If you choose to market yourself as someone who specializes in this type of voice work it can also help you get a foot in the door of the entertainment industry and will help you generate some contacts with casting agents, directors and producers.
When productions use digital sounds to replicate the exertions from actors it just doesn't sound right. The audience will pick up on something that's been digitally enhanced much in the same way you can always pick up laugh tracks on your favourite television series. It sounds unnatural and is unpleasing to the ear. The human voice is so complex and has so many dimensions that it is unparalleled for creating the variety of noises.
The best way to learn how to do voice over effects is simply to practice. As with anything, the more you practice the better you'll become. Set some time aside every day to imitate the sounds you hear all around you - warning: you may annoy the neighbours! Try to practice when you're alone in your car, for example, or entertaining a child who is much more likely to appreciate your funny noises than your spouse, neighbours or friends.
It is extremely beneficial to take some training from a voice over coach who can help you cultivate this skill and provide advice on how to market it in the industry. Give them a call and see if they can provide training in this area of voice over. If you already have experience creating voice effects you should elaborate on this in your experience section at Voices.com so that our search engine will direct clients with this need to your profile.
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