How to ensure you aren’t over acting in voiceover
I struggle with this just as much as everybody else does when starting out. However, through research, and a bit of trial and error, I’ve found some ways to ensure that you don’t over emphasise, and most importantly, don’t over act.
Remember, over acting can be just as bad as being monotone and boring.
You’ll hear me say this often in blog posts. The best way to evaluate your performance is to record it, play it back, maybe even ask others for their opinion. Do this enough, and you’ll notice trends, or pickup on said trends. Remember, finding faults quick isn’t bad because you know where to improve faster.
As we covered in the “getting a natural read” blog (which you can find here), wearing headphones will lead to you trying too hard. It’s due to your voice being fed right back to you, and not sounding the way you envision it. This will lead to you escalating to an over acted performance. Give it a go, and listen to the results (going hand in hand with the first tip)
Try knowing the script by heart
As a voiceover artist, you generally read straight from the script. Try recording yourself without the script in front of you, and compare it to the normal read. You should be able to note differences in pronunciation, timing and tone. This will help you hone in on what is creating the over acting performance, and eliminate it.
Nobody is born perfect. You’ve gotta work at it, if voiceover is something you want to pursue. I’m in this stage of the process at the minute, and every little bit of practice you can fit in will help so much.
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