By Lin Parkin
June 17, 2014
Yesterday we posted an interview with voice-over artist, Jay Britton, in which he discussed the lengths he's gone to get into voice-overs full time. One of the ways he did this was by flying all the way from the U.K. to L.A. to train with some of the top voice-over coaches on the West Coast.
He made a travelogue of the whole experience, a clever way of getting people's attention and getting discovered as a talented up-and-comer.
In his video he mentions that, for him, the early morning hours are the perfect time to record voice-overs that need a deeper or intimidating masculine voice (to paraphrase). That caught my interest. It's true that at certain times of the day our vocal qualities sound different than others.
Occasionally clients raise concern that their voice talent sounded different on the job than their audition. It's not a performance based issue but rather how they sound.
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In the marketplace environment it's not at all uncommon for clients to request quick turnarounds for their finished recording, often within 24 hours.
Remarkably, most of the voice-over artists at Voices.com are willing and able to meet tight deadlines without compromising quality. On top of that, with the global nature of the marketplace, recording sessions take place at all hours of the day, often even before the birds are up singing their morning songs.
In terms of auditioning, if you put out an audition in the morning, land the job, and provide the recording in the evening, don't be surprised if the client is perplexed as to why you sound different from your audition.
Aside from items listed above, there are other things that can change the sound of your voice such as the on-set of a sinus cold. In that case, it is best to let your client know that your voice may sound a little different and why prior to recording the job.
Moods fluctuate day to day, sometimes hour to hour, depending on what's happening in your personal life and can also alter the sound of your voice. Try to check personal stresses at the studio door. Deep breathing techniques are a good way to shake off a bad mood or recover from stressful situations.
Like Jay, do you have preferred times to record certain types of voice-overs?
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All the best,
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