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Voice Acting with The Pros

Lucy Aarden

Voice Acting with The Pros

Lucy Aarden

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15 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Becoming A Voice Artist

      0:30
    • 2. 1) Meet Your Voice Acting Instructors

      1:42
    • 3. 2) What do you need for a career as a voice actor?

      3:03
    • 4. 3) Getting Better: How to Practice at Home

      2:23
    • 5. 4) Your Unique Vocal Selling Point

      2:34
    • 6. 5) How to Work Your Voice. Making a Voice Reel types of reels in voice reel (activity)

      2:51
    • 7. 6) Warm Up, Breath Right and a Tongue Workout

      4:44
    • 8. 7) Make Your Voice Reel with Accompanying PDF

      1:10
    • 9. 8) ACCENT insights

      1:47
    • 10. 9) Look After Your Voice with the Pros

      3:09
    • 11. 10) Getting Booked + Staying Positive

      3:55
    • 12. 11) What Equipment Will I Need?

      3:27
    • 13. 12) What We Learned From Actually Doing it

      3:37
    • 14. 13) BONUS INSIGHT: Do a Real Job with Samantha

      12:06
    • 15. 14) Thats a wrap! Keep in Touch for More Tips and Advice

      0:42
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Ever wanted to know how to use your Voice as a Career? 

From commercials to audio books, voice acting to the technical side, this workshop unpacks the entire toolkit for what it takes to be a successful freelance Voice Over artist.

In this workshop, we’ll be teaching you everything from how nail your voice reels, right through to building your home studio, as well as honing your vocal technique through professional practices and a simple step by step guide to developing your mindset in order optimise your business.

Learn with real life professionals @samanthaclinch and @Lucy_aarden. Samantha is known for her own prime time BBC Radio as well as local Hoxton Radio in London and for having voiced hundreds of TV links and ads and  Lucy is an experienced voice actress having used her voice for ADR in HBO's Game of Thrones, recorded for adventure audio books and major international TV commercials. 

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1. Becoming A Voice Artist: Hi, I'm Lucy Audit and I'm smart. And we're going to be talking about how you can actually create using your voice. And when now I now work for the BBC, for BBC box here. And I will say work in London for two local radio stations. And that's where again, you are going to be making your own voice rail neutralizes the pH in your mouth. So it stops you from sort of spitting and getting that sort of like tiny thinking about, I didn't know that. And we're going to share with you our top secrets for working. The world of voice will see you in the last class. 2. 1) Meet Your Voice Acting Instructors: Hi guys. I'm UCI audit and I'm smarter, Glenn. And we're going to be talking about how you can make a career using your voice. Voice acting. So I always thought I had quite a nice voice. You have a lovely voice so much so like when I listen to radio at-bats and stuff, I always mimic them and be like, I can do that. Yeah, I should probably be making money somehow, but I just had no idea what star I didn't know if I'd meet again agent in order to make money. I didn't know if I had CIS or make a real, I sort of was always obsessed with radio as well. So I began by joining my local radio station from Marlowe with them. And I did that with a friend and he got me on board. We met at a local sort of like drama club. And we recorded that like every Wednesday night was really, really fun. And I learned so much just from doing that kind of like small sort of job. It's the point where now I now work for the BBC and I have my radio station for BBC box here. And I also work in London for two local radio stations. And that'll Reagan and pocket radio. That, amongst other amazing sort of voiceover jobs i do for international clients all over the world. And I still don't have an agent. So it doesn't necessarily mean that you eat hub app, but you just need to know where to start and what to do the definition of self-made. So I'm an actress and voiceover artist who's currently making a living using my voice by doing voiceovers for major international commercials, a bit like Sammy and audiobooks. So we're going to share with you our top secrets for working the world of voice, using all the tips that we've picked up along the way. We'll see you in the first class, potable fusion of light and sound, introducing JPL. 3. 2) What do you need for a career as a voice actor?: So before you start embarking in a career in voice, you need to have a few things already. What do you think are the most important skills or talents to have or quantities for a person before they embark in the world of voice acting, Okay, so you need to distinguish the fact that it's not your speaking voice. So I'm not going to go and start doing the recordings beacon to her. I am now. It's all about the sort of training that you have to give yourself. So you've got to take lots of deep breaths. You've got to make sure that you're on voice now on voice, we can probably get into a little bit more later on, but it's sort of more produced version of your voice. So for instance, if I was to do, for instance, a job I did recently for a phone line. For a hotel chain. It's sort of slower and sort of a little bit more serious. So you really have to acclimatize your voice to what you're selling. So essentially you have to sort of see the vision, see the people that they're selling, to. Imagine them as your audience and use your voice to work for them. It's all about vocal adaptability. Yeah, being able to adapt your voice to whatever you want it to do and having that vocal control, having had many jobs in the voice industry, I can say that the number one thing that all employers are looking for is an ability to take direction. And this can be really hard, especially when you've heard something and you've been practicing it again and again, and you just wanna make sure that you deliver exactly how you've rehearsed it. But in the world of industry with voices, it's really important to be able to hear that direction and completely flip or switch the way that you're delivering that piece? Yeah, absolutely. Answer second that I'd say that now with sort of the times that we're in, we're doing a lot more voiceovers from home. So when you're in a studio, you can take direction. They can sort of pull you up in the moment and say no, not this weren't nice. Spill a bit more like this. But when you have to go through and take closer takes, it's really difficult not having someone in the room. So you have to really be able to adapt and sort of tell the client what it is that you're gonna give them. So if they want a really long piece and it's actually quite difficult and technical, you have to tell them, I'm gonna do the first four lines and I'm going to send you these individually. This way you establish like a way better relationship with your client. And also they'll probably recommend you for more things because you've come across as the whole package, yeah, you're showing that you're okay with doing more and more takes and that the main priorities such as Make sure you get the job right. I mean, I'm sure I've been commercial where we say with studios where I've done about 25 TE Yeah, that's exactly what you can expect. It's nothing to be offended by. Its just getting back to the My trying different versions to know the characterization of your voice because that is going to be your unique product that you're going to use to sell yourself within the focal industry. So it's about having little brainstorm with the South, asking you friends, what is my vocal quality? What are the things I deliver? And then being free enough to push that further, adapt yourself and do whatever it takes in order to deliver a character that's gonna tell me appropriate story for whatever it is that you decide that you want to do? Yeah, absolutely. 4. 3) Getting Better: How to Practice at Home: Practicing ahead and then how can you make sure that you're practicing every day in order to make sure that you can pursue this as a career or a hobby. So what do you need to practice? Okay. So before I got my voicemail done, I'm I was told that I needed to listen to as many outlets as possible and really resonate with what my voice sounded. Good width. And now I want to think about whatever acting. You really do need your own USP with it. So if you've got a particularly engaging voice, you're going to be better at doing this sort of Samaritans, uppers or things that really engage with other people. If you need someone to talk to you, we listen. We weren't judge, who will tell you what today? Whatever you're going through, you can call us at any time from any phone for free. Samaritans. Kula on 116123, or sort of charity things. If you've got a sort of more characterization of voice and you're gonna be really good at doing these sort of like, you know, these cartoons and different things like that. Now LA Net Junior is Henry had gone on step. Not necessarily. Ok. A car I'd felt or something something along those lines. So you need to look at all the things on the TV that are being voiced and just practice and do them yourself until you find the ones that youth or really resonate with you that you're really good at. Because if you're really good at it, you'll be more confident, you'll have more fun, and you'll probably make more money. And there's only one way to do that after you've listened to those commercials or those voiceovers or those audio books. It's about practicing reading out every single day because sometimes when we ended with one person and we live alone or we're only used to communicating with people with our normal speaking voice. It convene a little bit strange when we sit down and go to record a voiceover. So practicing every single day, reading aloud, reading stories to children if you can practice in different voices, the more you practice, the more you are able to sight read, and not stumble over your lines, the more you'll be able to feel confident when you step into a voiceover booth. Or you go to record your voice rail and you'll be able to feel that you can characterize whatever it is you're trying to portray as accurately and as competently as possible. Yeah, absolutely. Pay less with huge savings and all beds available in a range of styles and sizes. So you'll be sure to find what to suit your bedroom. Over 250 stores in the UK, fences, but that sale must end soon. 5. 4) Your Unique Vocal Selling Point : And how did you find your unique selling point when it came to voice? This is something that's really important. So when I was growing up, I always had quite sweet kinda girlish voice. So I was naturally drawn to playing like Princess. He typed characters, useful characters. And this was something that I put as one of my vocal descriptive words on my voice CV to describe my voice. But I also realize I had quite a distinctive voice, had that slight husk into it, which you can kind of hear now. And I realized that it was going to be these unique qualities, the girlish quality, the slight husk that we're gonna give me something that would create a positive word like engaging. So I used breathy, husky and engaging and girlish to describe my voice. And maybe some people might find those words offensive, but I just embrace him and I knew that was going to be what was gonna get me work. And it's no coincidence that the first axiom voice-over job I got was with the BBC, replicating a young girl's voice for something that was quite traumatizing. That meant that they didn't want to play her voice, an actress, or had a youthful voice to come in to copy those words exactly verbatim and use them for that job. So it's something that I really played upon for my career. Where might you How would you describe your voice? So I didn't know what my voice sounded like, so I thought I'd take it to the masses. My sent a message out to all of my friends. And I was like Guys, I need to know what my voice sounds like because I need to fill out this form. What do you think? And I said my voice No. And they all replied various things that they thought my voice sounded like. So I got a lot of engaging, I got a lot of calming, sort of friendly and positive. That's the kind of qualities that, Oh, I've got to my voice that other people can hear. So once I sort of could hear what they could, in a sense, I could then stop playing off that and then apply for the right jobs for me. So there's two kind of categories with that, isn't there. There's the descriptive words like character, full engaging, calming, and then there's the real objective sounding words that you also need to find as well. So I would say Your voice is quite clear. Yeah, it's yeah, I Chris. And your accent. So naturally, quite modern RP. Finding your accent, finding the objective descriptive words like husky or clear, and then finding the positive sounding descriptive words that are gonna help to sell you like cool or modern. Engaging those kind of qualities will be what helps to bolster your voice as a product that you're using. Sometimes they go together. They became a state labels, smoke rises. 6. 5) How to Work Your Voice. Making a Voice Reel types of reels in voice reel (activity): So you said you message actually have friends. You're starting to get a sense of what your voice sounds like a science practice and you're starting to listen with that Korea mind is air. So what are the ways you can go out and put your voice to use within the world of acting or the different ways. Okay. There's lots of different ways for me personally, it's radio is a great radio, is my favorite was lay. There is averts. Averts. That is narration. Narration, yeah, for audiobooks, there's corporate voiceover, court rolls. It's always safer. Corporate is when you essentially use your voice to help them with their training videos like corporations, and they're sort of like HR situations or e-learning, which is something that is getting ever more popular now and yes, is that a use for that, for language learning people that are trying to learn whatever languages that you speak into that can be a real asset. Yeah, absolutely. Now, since there isn't there. So this brings us onto the class activity. You are going to be making your own voice rail, which is going to cover the wide spectrum of different types of voice acting that you can do. So for US, industry inside is what, what voice Rails to. We need to have a career in voice acting. So I've got to voice Rails, I've got Commercial Real, and I've got an acting voice rail. So a commercial voice real is all of the sort of TV app that's what you see on TV that you will now replicating. And so it's the kind of upbeat ones. It's like the selling the cell wall. Now in a single stress, you can create saddled back that. It's kind of like smooth chocolate, wants chocolate. And if a man, I didn't know T, But if travel in the middle, that could satisfy every single time and gets all kind of variations that you can get within no voice for TV commercials. And the second voice rail that you have is the acting voicemail. So this shows your diversity when it comes to playing different characters. So for instance, like you being ups play young girl, but can you also play an older woman? Can you play around with accents? Have you got a few different dialects on your belt? Is there anything else that you can show off that's gonna get you the job. And there is one more type of was real you can do, which is an audio narration, voice rail, which is something that I have what he didn't have. But obviously everybody's actor is different. So this will include you reading out from novels or books. Maybe just a couple of paragraphs that allow you to show off your voice. But you can add in some music in the background, which we're going to show you how to do to really bring those scenes or those monologues list paragraphs to life when you're generating. Experience teaches you all kinds of things. You can tell a person from the flowers. They pick. Some flowers in Yara osha, creative mind. 7. 6) Warm Up, Breath Right and a Tongue Workout : The first part of the Walmart, I normally start with breathing, so I get into a semi supine position with my limbs shoulder width apart and my back flat on the floor. I fix my hands on my stomach and aiming to bring into the summers. So I just take a deep breath then a lunges and letting out on a sound. When I breathe in, I hold it for about four weeks and then tried to match those beads with the willingness. So going to the same lifetime serve in two. And again, an ongoing crisis. Sound the exile. And the gang to three. I only sang. My grouchy increased saying for 52345. Sine of x increased by six sudden, gradually as my diaphragm that stronger. And that's a really good way to increase the amount of breath that you are a consumer use when doing void swap from your breathing work, you're gonna then move into warming up the body a little bit. So we're gonna do is spine role, but you need you tuck the chin down under and work your way down vertebrae by vertebrae, all the way down, like so and then just dropping down to the bottom releasing neck and then just slowly. But those feet shoulder width apart, firmly on the floor, rolling no way. All the way back up so that your head is then completely aligned, sort of hair, alphabet. And Mencius rolling the shoulders. Can remap tensors. You can unreleased, tense, Greece, tense and release. It's crazy how much tension we hold. Shoulders, taking the head overflow stretch to sway, tack it down with one, and then stretching out the other hand like so holding it for about ten seconds. And then just really starting carefully with the neck as always, onto the other side as well. And you'd be amazed after you've done this Wal-Mart, how much of a difference it can actually make to the sound of your voice. And the ease with which you can get your mouth around the was in order to deliver the best Edition or job possible. Swings. Slightly, just keeping in that lower half. Rolling the shoulders. Again, does shaking everything out. And I'm gonna do some more exercises. So just taking my puns, massaging, mature. It's pulling it directly in the muscle all the way down from thoughtful refrigerant floppy and others are now daga, daga, daga, daga, daga daga checking to make sure that I know mojo has released a river where, wherever. And I'm gonna move on to some tongue twisters. I'm going to say Peja piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, a packet, pico, patho. Peter piper picked, if Peter Piper picked a peck at pickled pepper, whereas the peck of pickled pepper, Peter piper picked. There's a chip shop in space selling spaceship shapes chips. There's a chip shop in space selling space ship shaped chips and then see how fast you can go. There's a chip shop and space selling space ship shaped chips. With a chip shop in space selling space ship shaped chips as Egyptians vitamin spaceship shape tips. 8. 7) Make Your Voice Reel with Accompanying PDF: Check out the PDFs attached to this course. You'll be able to explore some of the scripts that we've used for genuine auditions and jobs within the world of acting. So we have included for different types of scripts for you to go off and practice and record on your phone or if you have a mike that gray, watch our next lesson, check out the different equipment that we use, but recording on your phone is absolutely fine. Make them as different as possible. So obviously, your voice will naturally sort of go into some sort of area that you feel really comfortable in. So for instance, with me, I'm most comfortable when I'm doing something about learning. So I'm really good at engaging people, getting them to learn, unsetting. So learning and setting up my two favorite things to do. So for instance, if there's something that you find a bit more challenging. So if there's kind of like an upbeat bed setting up that you find quite a bit of a struggle than really welcome this area. Because I think if you can get your head around it and if you can make it really full of energy, you'll feel so much better on audition days and you feel so much better settling away your demo. Make sure you do at least five types, but each one of the scripts so that you can make sure that you really push yourself and warmed up fully and tested your own ability to add some true variation to a different types. 9. 8) ACCENT insights : Another great way to vary your voice is to try different accents. What would you have to say about accents? I think if you're good at accents, CKY parsing them, make them really ready when he taught, there's loads of resources, online feeds you have to practice and listen to and kick that is. So if I engaged with different voices, I would say everyone has a couple of accents that are their best accents and those are the ones that you want to hone in on. Those are the ones that you want to practice using with the scripts that we've attached. So you've got your natural accent. But perhaps you want to try push up the axon if you come from a more regional area, yeah. Oh, perhaps you want to try and London accent or general American accidents, so they call isn't General American, even though there's so many different accents in America, they seem to think that there's a general American one on a general English received pronunciation, which basically means a path actually pronounced in the Queen's English accent. So there's a whole host of accents that you can try out. And there's the accent tags that you can check out on YouTube, which is a great resource for exploring a new accent. You might need to prepare for a role where they simply list a series of words in the accent of that area. And you were able to, hey, how sudden vowels and consonants come out within that accent. Yeah, super helpful. And also, I'd say that nowadays I think they, if they want someone with a specific accent that can have really honed in on and someone who's got it naturally as well. So don't be disheartened if a job comes up and it's an underscore Jackson and Scottish, like it's it's fine if you're Exactly so the thing is also you can fake it to make it, you can kind of apply for these jobs and just say that you are. And but I'd also say that you really need to get to know your own vocal qualities first. So make sure you know exactly what your qualities are. Really know that. And then, then you can kind of spread out into the world of accents. Exactly. 10. 9) Look After Your Voice with the Pros: Number one is to stay hydrated whenever you can while you're doing your voice recording, make sure you have as much water as possible because you don't want your voice to get dry. Number two, if you eat a slice of apple, it neutralizes the pH in your mouth. So it stops you from sort of spitting and checking out sort of like tiny thinking about, I don't know that number three is to steam your voice. So I'm going to attach a link below to Dr. Nelson steam inhaler, which is a China bull like this. Although you can just use a big bowl of hot water if you find that you're losing your voice, you've got a big show coming up. You're an actor, or you're finding, you're getting a bit cranky, adding steam in any. So I mean, if you're really rich and you've got a steam room, that's all so great, I don't have that, but and he kinda seen even from the top of your humbled TO your Lebanon honey or whatever you're drinking. The steam hydrates the voice, throat sweets, they just numb the vocal cords. They numb. They don't actually add water to the actual vocal cords. So I always try to steam in the morning and the evening. That's what my vocal coach tells me. But I'm just whenever you can get that steam as much as possible and it will really helps keep their scores hydrated. For, for, I'd say warm ups are very important. And also you try not to go back to mount or might sound things like that because alcohol and screaming really damage voice really quickly. Much experience. Because actually there's a professional. Hot drinks are also really good. So a nice cup of tea, not coffee if you can. Although I know it's really something sometimes have that cup of coffee, sometimes actually just herbal tea or hot lemon and honey is failing to soothe your voice and stay away from dairy because it's really bad, lots of mucus for the vocal chords. You just wanna keep yourself as clear and open and vocally warm and resonant as possible so that you can do your job to the absolute best of your ability. And my final tip for this would be to do a vocal cool down, which is something that's so often people forget. But when I was actually going through vocal surgery, which was really traumatic for me and something that meant I couldn't work for a period of time. In fact, I couldn't speak for two weeks while I was resting. My vocal coach at the time explained to me that doing a vocal cool down after show or a big voiceover or an audiobook is something that can really help to just make sure that any swelling just goes back down. So you can do some cool down exercises where you just bring it down to diaphragm from D with me. He broke down and you just use light treaty might try to keep as much connection. So breathing in down into the belly. And then just some was like a sad cow and you can feel your vocal chords just opening up for couple of minutes every 15, top 15 minutes, half an hour after you've done some stranger's voice working on the way home from a night owl or party or a long phone call can really helps cool the voice back down, ready for work the next day. 11. 10) Getting Booked + Staying Positive: So what can you do to start getting work and the world of Voice-over, What do you need to do? So firstly, I would highly recommend getting a very good voice real. Yeah, getting that done as professionally as possible. You can invest in mix and that's going to help you out if you want to go to someone who's done it before many, many times that will also help. So it's about making the investment choices that are going to best serve you in the long term. And then it's uploading that to the right websites of which there are many. Yes. There's loads, there is lots and the ones that I found the most beneficial for my career as a website called Cocoa. And they essentially you join up for free and they have lots of different traditions there and you can just traditional way. Then hit back. I've had about three jobs now in the last month with them, which has been amazing. And there's also a website called The Voice finite that is you have to pay per month to be on their books. I had pretty much to for MATLAB from them recently, which is really good. And Sandy voices prose, Well, yeah, you make your money back quite quick. Yeah. Mandy Voices. Yeah. I personally, if I was just starting and I would go on as many of those sites as possible and create little daily ritual where every single day logos and I apply and I don't mind what the outcome is. I just use it as a really good motivated to get me practicing and applying as soon as possible? Absolutely. Yeah. So how can you keep a positive mindset and worlds while you're acting, you're putting yourself out as much as possible. How do you stay sane and stay positive? I think you hit the nail on the head there where you don't worry about the consequence. I think if you do a 100 dishes day, you've got to forget about all of those auditions because essentially you might not get one. And if you keep holding onto the thought was like, oh, I'm gonna, if I don't get one, then, you know, I've lost my worth and it's just ridiculous. So do it all as if it's all a workshop, as if it's all just sort of benefit for your growth and your learning, don't hold on to the outcome. And just I feel like the job's kind of come in a bit more freely. Yeah, I find them all speak great learning experiences, particularly ones where I have to go in and meet people or I have to actually put the work in an act of my voice rather than just sending off my voice rail. Because this is another opportunity for me to record as high-quality as possible voice real, give my voice a warmup, give myself a chance to practice and get that sent, and then I do whatever I can take my mind off it, forget about it and I'm searching all the time for my next opportunity when next chance to put my voice out there. And on that note, I think something that's really important is the use of social media. No, yeah, this is a great place where you can actually upload your voice with excited for clips on Instagram, on Facebook and Twitter. Ask for feedback. Ask your audience to get involved. You can do polls, you can do, ask me a question and you can get people involved in the growth of your voice career because that's something that's going to be really interesting to people and you just never ends this thing and might need a professional voice that yours. Yeah, absolutely. And there's lots of people on social media platforms that have a little creative hub. So at the moment I know this 21 day voiceover, we save a challenge where you become part of a group and it starts from day one and you will have to record yourself doing these different scripts. And I just think that's really lovely and you get some meat loving people through doing it. And obviously you get to share each other's work and then you never know who you meet and what jobs you get. Networking is one of the words, lots of creative shy away from, but it is one of the most important things when it comes to voice acting. So making those connections on social media for ten minutes a day. Well, you follow some people that are hiring for that job, the ISI and I'm one of the websites that we've mentioned or you follow people that are in the worlds of production companies. You look up different adverts. You look up the creatives behind. You, give them a follow, you give them a lie. He getting contacts. If you feel that you have something to offer and you're constantly making these connections every day and eventually it does pay off. Yeah, absolutely. I got like half my jobs through Instagram. And we'll be running some workshops here as well, alive so we can talk to you about the ongoing process of maintaining your voice, ready for a career in the voice industry? Yes. 12. 11) What Equipment Will I Need? : Voice equipment. This is a massive market which is constantly changing and it's a really difficult one because it completely depends how much money you want to invest. So here's a little secret. We have been using the road wireless go to record this. And I find it's really helpful because I can put one side into my camera like so. And we've put some links in the description for all of the equivalent we've used. And then you can just put in here and there you go. So that's one way to do it if you're going to be doing videos as well, which is a great way to market yourself. I recently applied from Marilyn Monroe audiobook when I had a video of me talking with trend as part of the application because I felt like the overall package was gonna be helpful for their marketing. So I did send that off. I also have the zoom H2N Mike, which I'm going to screen job here. And that is a really good microcosm. It's my laptop which I used with my software. I use Final Cut Pro and I just do window and then I click New voiceover and I record it like that and I can edit the different quality trumpet and change it dropout any mistakes if I want, but that's what I use. But you use Audacity that you yeah, Audacity is an amazing hardware for when you're doing podcasts or things like that. And, and I also when I'm out and about doing things for radio, I've also got little dead cat that I use for my phone. So it's essentially fluffy bomb on a sort of like that sort of thing that goes inside your iPhone. You click in, press record and it just takes away all of our external noise. And they are honestly a dream if we're doing out in about sort of interviews. But ideally, whenever you are according, you're gonna do it inside with soft furnishings around. So as many cartons, fabrics because the software furnishings and the smaller the space I'm and I have to say I've got my wardrobe before to do voice over recordings because the softer the financing and the more compact to the space of the better the sound quality is going to be. So you'll want to distance yourself, but this far from your mind, if you're just using your phone, that's also absolutely fine. You can use that for your little practice for Israel that we've got to do with this class. We can use it for the auditions and things as well. I have gained jobs from during that before. And so it's just like getting involved as quickly as you can during your research using YouTube, using reviewed these mikes. So make sure that you're getting the absolute best out of what the market has to offer. Absolutely. And if you are a bit worried that you're not, you don't have as much money to invest perhaps in like a massive setup. You really don't need Vo1. I have for about a year, I was using an old microphone and a friend gave me it didn't have a pop shield on it. Postulates are very important. And so instead I just got a safe and a pair of tights but over-the-top and use that as my pop field. Yeah. Or you can use an old hangover time? Yeah. Yeah. Like you got one here. You can take you've back a sorted. It's now I've voiceover. Yes. Even vaguely sinA, a pair of tights over that. You can stretch this out so it is a 100 and you can place that in front of your mike and you can talk and that's a pop shields. It wasn't option do pop shields take away all of those plosive sounds. So light, that's really annoying. You don't want to hit out. So it's really good to just use that minimizes Illinois and add it just makes it sound extra clear. So those are really important. And also when you want to look up online, it will say that you need that these MOOC friends like the booths behind and things like that really sound the same. And no one will ask the question. If you've got professional setup or not and stay hydrated. 13. 12) What We Learned From Actually Doing it : From some of the jobs and crazy voice experiences that we've had. So what did you learn from working on radio? Radio, radios, really difficult sort of medium because you're not just thinking about what you're saying. You've also got to deal with all the sort of technical things going on. So I'd say with radio, you've just got to completely be yourself. If you can be the most authentic version of yourself, you can never fail because essentially you're just going to be chatting as you, but you're going to be doing a 100 other things at same time. So for instance, if you went into radio lover to produce, it would quickly slip away as your brain is sort of function on love, like Lowe's, different things. Did things go wrong feeling you would just learning it was incremental, lethal, Saudi technical stuff that would go wrong because Eve was caught yourself have an aim. So I rely on but no, like with radio, it's kinda different. But for instance, when you do voice, I have is I found doing corporate voice I have is the most things go wrong for me because I'm not really in the corporate world. I've never really have been. So when I have to do a voice, I've job and I'm talking about lots of different things in sentences I've never had to say before, the lingo, all in white all, yeah, definitely google the pronunciation of the word, Google pronunciations and really just go through the script like a 100 times before you record it. Because I recently sent off a voice recording for a company and they were like, give we'd love it but don't quite make sense. Yeah, and when I'm doing the voiceovers for acting jobs, all commercials, I always like to think of myself as having an intention as the character. So if my character was late for a job interview and they ended up soaking in water, you know, covered in rain. And the voice over line was, I wish I checked the weather or I wish I check the forecast. I would just make sure that I always have a little intention. So I pretend maybe that I'm saying it to a specific person like my mom after the interview or my brother, who's someone who always laughs at misfortunes together. So the line becomes more like I just find that adding whatever layers I can make the actin is believable and as real as possible is what's going to kind of tell the story in the best way, even ever voice. Absolutely. And there's a really good book for that. You know, the actions Burke. Yeah, we should definitely linked to that because that book is what you need to do is be able to decide on an intention, an adverb for each of the lines that you might have to do. This is way spitting up your text. So if no lines were I want to go to the shop tomorrow, but I can't because it's raining. Let's try it with some different actions. So if I said to Sammy, I want you to say I want to go to the shop tomorrow, not for those in the line, but say as if you're seducing our audience, I want to go to the shop tomorrow, say is if you're chastising them, chastising or something else having a go at it will go to the shop tomorrow. And you can just see how that intention, that change of word is something that adapts the way that it's delivered completely. So if you find inattention that's inline, but the story and the objective of the character that you're creating for your voiceover, You'll be able to deliver a much more realistic, natural and more readable emotion on, on audio. Absolutely a little hack to get your set your brains off into that is to have the line and then to go i, something you, so I seduce you, I chastise you, I calm you, and then you can completely change your voice just by doing those sort of. 14. 13) BONUS INSIGHT: Do a Real Job with Samantha: So I've just got myself a job. So excited is from the website, I had sent them an audition and they just said hello, Samantha, congratulations on being selected. Among the two takes you provided for the audition the client has like the second one. So please keep this recording similar says take. The second take did not have pauses between the product services. We're expecting the same from this recording. Now, this is for a really corporate brand. And I find it's actually quite tricky. So I'm going to read over the scripts. And if there's any words that are a bit terrifying, and I'm going to practice those and make sure I get all my pronunciations. Bang on. So he's the script very long of already seen a couple of words. I'm not sure how to pronounce. So for the audition, they'll normally give you the first two paragraphs. So these two I'm very familiar with, but from even so I'm I've not read the products that he was talking about with second paragraph here. So I'll have to mix well, that's quite speedy. So unlike investments in real estate, gold or fixed income products, companies can create value by developing new products and services is a word down here that I've not sure what it means. It is a law term of finance term involving trust, especially with regard to relations, trustee and a beneficiary. If I repeat that quickly several times, I'll do a warm up my voice. Thank you. Sheree, fiduciary. Fiduciary. Fiduciary. Thank you so much. Google, always saving the day. My my set up, ready to go, I've plugged it in. I'm going to be using Quick Time player in order to link this up. So I'll press record on QuickTime Player. I'll keep running for SMS icon on one solid take because then I'm going to pop it into Final Cut Pro, which is, well, I'll chop it and change it. And if there's any mistakes than I can edit it, release V. But first, I'd need to warm up because these tricky sentences. So we're gonna start off with making sure our muscles of our mouths are all berry warmed up. So imagine maturing a massive toffee. There's inserting some humming. Really clean out all that remaining toffee from all over your mouth. Every tape. Back and forward. Always gets go round form, weigh about three times and then back. If it's hashing is a good sign, you're doing it, you're doing a property. And then really stretch out map, really big line base. Got eaten. And then tiny little mouse space equals say Magazine we stuff, it is highly beneficial. What's really good? What I find really good to find out where your voice a little bit, tie it. If we saw it went up. You see there's a patch of voice that's not coming out. So that's really Ross Day. So we need to go over that bit just to re woman up and lower. That was really nice, clean, sort of siren. And then I'm going to do some plosives. So it's really good to get your consonants going. So starting with their per capita, capita Pacifica and want you to imagine that you're really blowing out a candle. Per capita, capita, capita. Pizza pockets, pockets a pockets upper. Pizza, pizza, pizza Pinsker cuts are packets, are packets, are packets. Go back and forth over these pizza, pizza, pizza Pinsker. Kids are packets are packets, are packets apart. Really good. Just to shake up the face. Make sure your salt is a nice and relaxed. Do some sighing yawns also really good just to open up the soft palate is it will let you feel quite tired. Really, really good to expand everything and make sure everything is nice and smooth sounding. 11 was a race horse to two was 12, is 111 a race then 22112. So remember earlier in the lesson we were talking about giving ourselves actions. So imagine we're gonna do that warm up, but I need to warn you. So I warn you. 11 was a race horse to two was 12, if one mom was erased and 22 was 12. And if we wanted to do it like I sued you, 11 was a race horse. Tutu was 12. If 1.1.1 arrays, then 22112. This is just a really fun way of getting your brain into gear, knowing that there's lots of different ways and variations that your voice can take you. And ultimately it's going to keep you super warm and ready to go. I'm just gonna go over all the notes that they've sent me at the style that they want it to be red in the red over the script several times. I'm really familiar with words now. Just really have to put the prep in at the beginning. Sometimes you just want to dive in and dependent, just get it done. But There's just no point light. You'll always end up having to send recent takes backs. So they won't it no more than a 120 seconds. That's fine. I wouldn't worry about that normally when they tell you that they want it in a certain timeframe, you just kinda take it with a pinch of salt because inevitably there will be someone the other end editing this in probably putting it to music. And they can chop and change just as long as you make sure that you're not going super slow or super quick. I think that's what the reason for that is. So it's nice to have in mind that they want it in that certain timeframe, but I'm not going to worry myself about that. Makes all the voices and sound rushed and has a natural flow that also wants it really relaxed as well. So, so for me, knowing that this isn't my first sort of language, knowing that I have to make it really relaxed, I'm really going to take that no onboard. Make it sound like I always talk about business and finance and equities at the beginning and the end of the most vital pieces of information. So the beginning is there real hard sell like who we are, what we do? And the end is normally that their catchphrase and how to relate draw the customer in. Remember being really relaxed and taking my time at em. At 57 west capital, we are dedicated to delivering above average returns by investing exclusively inequities. What I've done there is really take the breath right into the diaphragm, right into the belly. So you're really on voice. It sounds quite strange, averse. It sounds like it's not quite you, but it is, it's just you're more produced with I were talking about earlier. So you're really relaxed. Everything's quite smooth. Remember this is quite a premium brand. They using words like dedicated to delivering above average returns, that talking exclusivity. So you really want to have that whole sort of exclusive branding in your voice as you speak. So for me that's quite a premium soft, engaging voice. Drive the sentences all the ways, the full stop. 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