Singing for Voice Over
Singing offers a lot of tangible advantages to anyone in Voice Acting.
For those of you who sing, I know I’m preaching to the choir! (rim shot)
But how long has it been since you’ve had a refresher?
And if you’re in VO and don’t sing, why not?
Although I’ve been in many musicals, sung with choral groups, and even performed musical improv, it had been a few years since I really sang.
Time for a tune-up!
I recently started taking lessons with a new teacher, and it’s given me a renewed sense of confidence in my vocal abilities.
Here are just a few of the areas singing can help with:
The pitch of your voice… high, medium, low (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone Bass)
Proper breathing allows you to better control your sound.
Learning musical rhythm can help in setting your pace for both segments of the copy and for the overall read.
- Vocal Placement:
Chest voice, Head voice, Throat, etc. Placement is especially useful in creating characters and accents.
- Core Support and Strengthening:
A strong core is related to your breathing, and can give you more power and energy in your voice.
- Volume Control:
Knowing when to sing soft is just as important as being able to belt out a tune. Having a solid control of your volume takes practice.
- Conveying Emotion:
Even in a language you may not understand, songs can elicit a great deal of emotion. Learning how to deliver that to your audience is directly applicable to VO work.
- Communication of Ideas:
Clear communication is another win for any voice work. Knowing how to form your words and phrases so that they convey ideas is the core of it all.
My friend Marc Cashman even has a chapter in his book “V-Oh! Tips, Tricks, Tools and Techniques to Start and Sustain Your Voiceover Career” dedicated to the concept of “Finding the Music in Copy”. Here’s a short excerpt:
“Copy or text is musical. It has ebb and flow and different keys. It has sharps, flats, rests, words that are held, chopped off, high or low, soft or loud, all the same emphasis or wild ups and downs, with dynamics and crescendos. Copy reads (or plays) like a story/song, with a beginning, middle and end.”
Sometimes, I’ll even sing the copy just to get a different feel for the way it flows.
Do you sing? If so, how long has it been since you performed or had lessons? It might be time for a refresher to tune-up your instrument!
To close, here’s a number that I’ve been working on.
It’s called “I Won’t Send Roses” from the musical “Mack and Mabel” – Enjoy!
All content written and voiced by Joe J Thomas online at: JoeActor.com