There’s one aspect to doing voiceover that becomes readily apparent the more you get into the life; practice makes perfect. The idea that your voice is an instrument is not only a hackneyed saying, it’s the complete truth.
Remember that instrument you played in school? You know the one. When you first started you were super excited, then you realized how terrible you were. Adding insult to injury you learned the only way you will ever improve is if you practice. A lot.
Well, performing voiceover is pretty much the same thing, except your voice is the instrument. On the plus side, you always have it with you. On the downside, you still have to practice. A lot.
One way I’ve started to approach the idea of practice with voiceover involves not only vocal exercises and all the other things to take care of my voice (hydration, exercise, etc.) but short bits of voiceover and narration that can be a help to staying “in shape”.
For this reason, I’ve started reading short bits of classic literature. This works out well because I can find quite a few varied pieces that are short, and have language that requires paying attention and being accurate.
I pick about five or six at random and recorded them all in one go. As an example, here’s a short piece from Aesop’s Fables.
I’d be curious to know what others do to keep themselves ready to go.
A good day to you and success in all you do!