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How to Ensure Your Voice is Consistent from Audition to Job

By Lin Parkin

June 17, 2014

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African American Man Mic Close Up.jpgYesterday 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.

Join VOX Daily for some tips on making sure your voice sounds consistent from audition to job.

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.

Tips on Maintaining Vocal Consistency

  1. Record the job around the same time of day that your recorded your audition. You'll more closely replicate the sound that drew the client to the performance in your audition.
  2. Wait three to four hours after you've awakened to record your voice.The voice doesn't fully wake up until about 10:00 am so, if possible, have light breakfast and wait a few hours to start recording.
  3. If you must record in the early hours, try these vocal warm-ups to give your voice a boost. For many our voices tend to be wispy or gravely and lacking in strength early in the morning. Doing vocal warm-ups will strengthen your voice any time you need to start recording.
  4. After eating a full meal wait at least one hour to record. A full stomach takes up space that your lungs need to breath properly and alters how your recording will sound. Frequent light meals are best, in general, but especially if you have a long day of recording.
  5. Get lots of rest and stay hydrated. Your voice will be stronger and sound clearer throughout the day. You will likely find your recording stamina increases as well.
  6. Stop recording if you voice sounds hoarse and/or you're having difficulty with your breaths. These are signs of vocal fatigue and should not be confused with "sultry" or "husky." If that happens, it's time to call it a night.

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.

How does the sound of your voice change throughout the day?

Like Jay, do you have preferred times to record certain types of voice-overs?

Share your thoughts in the comment below.

All the best,
Lin

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Related Topics: Auditions, Jobs, Recording Sessions, Tips, Vocal Consistency, voice-overs


Comments


    Lin...

    Thanks for these tips. Especially # 1. Never thought of that. Would also suggest to make sure your mic and your mouth are in exactly the same position as they were when you cut the audition. And think about other sounds that your brain may block because you are so accustomed to them. Open windows, AC or fan on, doors open, noise from the street, the neighbor cutting his lawn. I once had to run most chapters of an audio book I recorded thru a special filter because I decided to read off of a laptop screen instead of my monitor. The laptop fan made a sound I could not hear, but my mic sure did!

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      Good tips, thank you! I also experience a lower voice in the morning that is challenging to replicate during the day. Seems simple, but I make sure I listen to the audition a few times to be sure I've matched the tone, pacing, etc. I also have had a client want a different read than the audition, so go figure!

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        Good voice over artist are in demand by all media houses these days.

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