If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times from prospective new clients: “I’ve always been told I do very funny voices.”
Which is great, when you’re entertaining kids or performing in talent shows or on open mic night at a comedy club.
But it’s hardly necessary or even a help when doing most kinds of voicework. There’s something far more important.
Don’t get me wrong: being able to do “funny voices” can also come in handy when you’re doing some types of voicework.
But there’s another, much more essential attribute that’s necessary for building a great VO practice.
And the good news is, you already have this attribute, because you use it every day.
Plain and simple, the ability to make people believe that you are telling the truth, with a realistic and authentic voice, is much more valuable than your ability to do wacky voices or great impressions of famous people.
Even in animation and video games, where you’re sometimes called upon to do out-of-the-ordinary characters, your talent for making the character believable and authentic is paramount. And because, in normal conversation every day you do just that, it’s a skill you already have.
You need to remember to let “you” shine through – the authentic you – when doing auditions, performance, rehearsals, whatever. That authenticity will get you booked more often than being able to do a Liverpudlian accent or a believable android from Venus.
Trust that “you” – what you bring to the work – is more than enough.
Think how you’d convince your best friend, as your character, to buy the product or service you’re hawking in your audition. Then go for it.
How you mold you to the character, in an authentic way, is what really counts.
Hope this helps.
That makes me so happy to hear. Thank you for reminding me.
Fine post, David. Reminds me of Stanislavsiki’s “What if I…..
I have such a hard time just being “myself” sometimes. But I’m working on it. It kind of reminds me of an old actors guidebook by Julie Harris called “No acting, Please!”
Truly, the best advice in VO. One hears it again and again, because it’s absolutely true. Be you. Be honest.
Needed this. Thank you!
Gentle reminder, thanks David.
So many former Radio DeeJays get into Voice Acting, myself included. The biggest mistake is thinking because one was/is a jock they can do Voice Overs.
My best coaches can hear it in a second if the “announcer” voice is taking over. They will always stop Me and say “Be real, stop being so polished” It is curse of voice acting. Authenticity wins every time.