Voice over scripts?

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    Hi everyone! hope this Monday afternoon is treating you all well!

    Ok, so a friend of mine has managed to get me into her boyfs recording studio to do a voice reel for next to no money -which is great! the only problem is im not sure what material to use or indeed where to get it from. I have quite a few cartoony type voices I can do and I also wanted to show a range of accents but im not sure what to for my ordinary voice for adverts etc. Also I read in the stage that you shouldnt do different accents and an animation voice reel should be seperate to a normal one is this true?? So really my questions are:

    Any good script ideas/forums?

    How do you decide whats right for your voice?

    Can you use scripts taken directly from adverts?

    Do you keep animation. accents seperate?

    Any advice would be great! thanks in advance and sorry for the long speil!! xx

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    I am surprised that there have not been replies to this. As I am in a position to offer advice based on considerable experience I will try to help you.

    You have been offered free(ish) time in a studio but this is no guarantee that you will end up with a VO CD. You will undoubtedly get recordings of your voice but there is a lot more to it than that. One of the most important VO skills is being able to take very precise direction - especially direction that you do not agree with. A VO artist - unless famous - is employed to do as they are asked. Working in a freebie studio with you friends will not give you this experience and it will show in the recordings. An experienced ear can always spot recordings that have not been directed.

    Of course you might think "Well he would say that wouldn't he"!

    Your other questions:

    Any good script ideas/forums?

    You are surrounded by them - radio, TV, newspapers, internet.

    How do you decide whats right for your voice?

    By working with a producer and listening and copying what's already out there.

    Can you use scripts taken directly from adverts?

    What else would you use? You would not write your own Shakespeare or Pinter or Lee Hall for an audition. Would you sing one of your own songs at an ALW audition?

    Do you keep animation. accents seperate?

    Animation recordings are the only time you might consider writing your own script and that would be to suit your best 6 voices and the result should be complete with music and SFX.

    Accents offered should only be those for which you can claim absolute authenticity based on where you were born, who your parents were and where you might have lived. There is somebody on this site who claims a total of 64 different accents - such people are not taken seriously!

    These are my opinions - others may think differently.

    Why don't you come to one of my classes at the Actors Centre - the next VO class is on November 28th and there is a Radio Drama class on November 13th.

    Hope this helps.

    • 27th Oct 2008
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  • Pierre Maubouché

    Actor

    Hi Stephanie, all good points from Bernard. Also, you might want to read a couple of threads I started about voiceovers which you might find useful. As for anim voicereel it should definitely be separate from your main compilation voicereel (and your narration voicereel). Just to clarify narration voicereel means corporate/docu reads and the likes - not audio drama, which should also be on a separate reel. Good luck!

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  • Simon Burbage

    Actor

    I think for a voicereel its really worth spending those extra pennies. Poor production, regardless of your talents, could let you down. "Crying Out Loud" made my voicereel, and i cant speak highly enough of them.

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    I agree with Simon about Crying Out Loud. If you're doing your first Voice reel they're great. They give great direction.

    In regards to finding material, you need to know what your voice suits and what it would sell. This may be different to your acting playing age. You need to know whether your voice is hard sell or soft sell (hard sell think of land of leather commercials, soft sell think pantene). Play to these strengths rather than trying to be too versatile....you can demonstrate that you can do accents but to be honest if they want somebody with a particular accent they're more likely to go to somebody who has it as they're 'native' accent. My advice would be to listen to loads of radio and commercials that sound similar to you and write down the scripts.

    I do agree that as a voiceover artist you have to be able to follow direction. I have done a lot of work where the script doesn't make sense (or one particular occasion where they asked me to be more 'purple') and you just have to do it...it is a job after all but for your voicereel you have to show off your best assets and what you can sell so that they'll employ you in the first place.

    Hope some of this helps!

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    thanks for all your advice guys :) xxxxxxxxx

    • 29th Oct 2008
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