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I was raised on a farm, so I didn't have the luxury of being exposed to the arts at an early age. To us, checking out our neighbor's new tractor was just about as much enjoyment as we could muster on a day to day basis. Fortunately, by the time I got to college, I was exposed to all different kinds of performing arts, and I fell in love. I joined a ballroom dance team, and it really gave me the opportunity to use my talents to make other people happy. My blog is dedicated to teaching other people the basics of the performing arts.

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4 Tips For Improving Your Voice Over Skills

by Salvador Gallardo

Voice over training is about more than grabbing a mic and talking into it. If you're trying to break into the voice over industry, you need to make sure your speaking skills are on point. Check out these tips to learn how to improve your speaking skills before taking on any voice over work.

Concentrate on Clarity

The most important thing a voice over artist can do is train themselves to speak clearly — and you need to be able to speak clearly at different speed levels. It's important that your listeners hear every word you say. Muddled up phrases can quickly sink your career. So practice speaking clearly, using the correct enunciation and pronunciation for every word. This may sound odd to you at first — it's probably a bit more "over the top" than you'd normally speak. However, on your recordings, it will sound good, and that's the whole point.

Be Confident

You also need to learn how to speak with confidence. If you're stammering through a speech, your listeners will have a hard time connecting with you and viewing you as a confident individual. Confidence solidifies any point that you're trying to make. You have to learn how to own your words. Practice is the key to success here. The more you practice what you need to say, the more confident you'll become.

Take Care of Your Voice

When you're a voice over artist, your voice is your instrument. So just like a guitarist would take care of his or her guitar, you need to take care of your voice.

  • Avoid shouting or being in loud places where you need to shout. Yelling strains your vocal chords.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink as much water as you can throughout the day, and make sure you drink something with every meal. You can't do voice over work with a dry throat.
  • Get enough sleep. Tired voices don't sound well on recordings.
  • Avoid whispering. Like shouting, whispering also strains your vocal chords. It's better to talk normally whenever possible.

Practice Speaking Standing Up

Ideally, you should be recording your voice overs while standing up. Standing removes the compression on the muscles that you use to breathe, allowing you to take deeper breaths, which in turn, makes it easier for you to speak consistently and clearly.

Voice over work isn't as easy as many people think. There is a lot of practice involved and training involved. If you need help improving your voice over skills, consider hiring a voice over coaching service to help you fine tune your skills.

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