Don’t Ruin Your Performance By Editing Out Your Breaths

Hey, there!

I’ve been giving a lot of moral support recently to victims of the Breath Removal Fairy Tale.

What’s that?

It’s one of dozens of fairy tales actors and VO talent tell themselves when they don’t know the actual answer.

Here’s the actual truth.

What I’m hearing usually goes something like this:

“I am just exhausted. I voice my stuff, then I spend twice as long editing out my breaths/mouth noise/whatever as I spent recording and editing the audio itself. Isn’t there some plug in or something that will just get rid of my breaths??”

No. There isn’t.

And you shouldn’t give it a second thought.

Here’s why.

First, I’m going to let you off the hook – this is a pretty common misconception. I started hearing about this back in the podcast days, when newbies to podcasting thought they had to sanitize their episodes and remove anything that wasn’t absolutely perfect about their conversation – and breaths were usually part of that mix.

So it’s not surprising that professional voice talent might think this as well.

But…and this is important…breathing is a natural part of any voicework, and is sometimes even used as a dramatic effect. Removing all your breaths completely sterilizes your work, ruining the timing, and making you sound inauthentic.

And it does something else: it makes the listener nervous, and start to breathe for you, making the experience of listening to your work difficult at best.

Your breaths and mouth noise and lip smacks and everything else you do with your performance are all the spicy, lovely ingredients to your vocal soup.

Don’t ruin that.

Leave your breaths in.


Leave your breaths in.

And remind yourself that you’re paid by the finished hour for most VO work.

I hope this helps.


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

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  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

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  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

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  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

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  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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