Keep it Simple & Save Your Sanity

Posted on May 16, 2013 by

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AngerHave you ever worked on a script that initially seemed really simple to do but turned out to be way more complicated than you ever imagined? It may have seemed simple for a number of reasons. Maybe it was short, well written or was the type of read you normally excel at.

Then you get focused on some crazy little detail that seems to take away your sanity.

Does my voice sound too scratchy on the 3 syllable of the 2nd to last word in the 5th sentence of the last paragraph? Let me try reading that sentence ten more times. Maybe I can copy the parts I like from each take and reconstruct the entire sentence with the magic of editing. Nope… let’s read it for the 11th time. Arrrrgghhh!!!!

When this happens, do yourself a favor…

PUT THE SCRIPT DOWN AND GO DO SOMETHING ELSE.

Clear Your Head

Trust me. When you’ve reached this point, things are only going to get worse because you’ve worn yourself out. When you’re worn out, it is nearly impossible to have a natural, genuine sounding delivery.

Now don’t get me wrong, you absolutely should be sure that your audio is free of things like mouth noise and vocal mishaps. Details do matter, but sometimes you can get so overly focused on something that you lose sight of the message itself, and that never turns out well.

You would be surprised at how well you will do if you walk away from the script for awhile and come back with a fresh perspective. Over-thinking the script takes away from the natural, conversational tone that most voice-seekers are looking for nowadays.

There are times when, because of a tight deadline, I don’t have time to over-think my delivery. I have sent off a few reads thinking “Oh God, that didn’t sound good!” To my surprise, the client loved it.

It just proves that over-thinking the copy and getting lost in the details can take away from a great read.

So does that mean you should always grab the script and just “go with it?”

Noway!

You still have to do your script analysis, get familiar with the flow of the words and make decisions. Without doing some analysis, your read will still sound disconnected. Remember this, you have to understand what you are saying before you can determine how you will say it. Once you understand the message and are familiar with the flow of the words, THEN it is safe to make a few decisions and go for the read. If it gets too complicated, walk away for awhile and clear your head. A fresh perspective makes a huge difference!

I hope this advice saves you some sanity!

About the Author

SONY DSC Michelle Falzon is a voice artist and a Voice123 Casting Ninja