There aren’t many absolutes when it comes to creating art, including creating audio performances.
But…one thing I insist on is wearing headphones of some sort when recording. Some other VO coaches disagree, one going so far as to call it “aural masturbation.” The pros and cons are constantly debated, but I struggle to have a great deal of sympathy for people who don’t get comfortable and proficient at doing this, and simply refuse to do so. They are setting themselves up for failure, and a lot of extra work, otherwise.
(If you’ve worked in radio, you know exactly why you need to listen to yourself as you speak, don’t you? Yes, you do.)
Here’s a case in point. Warning: sadness ahead. Continue Reading →