Thursday, June 4, 2009

Technique Tip of the Month - June 09

Practice, Practice, Practice!

By far, the best way to improve your voice technique is to practice reading copy. You’ll find that not only will your technique improve dramatically, but you'll actually have a lot of fun doing it!  

How do you find the copy? Finding copy is a lot easier than you may think. In fact, advertising agencies work hard to make sure we’re exposed to thousands of written and spoken advertisements daily. I don’t even need to leave my chair to see a piece of copy with which I can be practicing with: the to-go cup I grabbed with lunch. You need look no further than the cereal box in your cupboard, the newspaper on your porch or the television in your living room to take your voice technique to the next level.

Take those advertisements and bring them to life! Your goal is to make whatever you’re talking about sound interesting, so make sure that you’re interested in what you have to say. If you hear a spot on television or on the radio that you aren't particularly fond of, try bringing your own interpretation to the copy. The more you practice, the more prepared you will be when the time comes to audition for a job or to complete a voice-over project.  

Another great way to make sure you’re always working to improve your technique is to take acting classes as often as your budget allows. These not only keep your technique fresh and polished, but they also expose you to the ideas and creativity of others. Exposure to different styles and interpretations can only help your own technique grow and develop. Who knows? That new interpretation could be exactly what you need to nail the script and land that job you’ve been wanting.  

Don’t forget: Working on technique shouldn't feel like work. It should be fun! If you’re tense, worried focused on what you’re doing wrong, you will only be negatively affecting the quality of your reads. So pick up that box of cereal and start reading! You may be surprised at how much fun you can have with a cereal box!

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