If you have registered for the class, you can start now!
Your first assignment is to start listening to everything you can that might involve someone getting paid to read a script into a microphone. Our first couple of weeks will focus on commercials, but you need to know and understand the many areas where voices are being used.
- Radio and TV commercials (both – because they can be very different in approach)
- Movie Trailers
- TV Promos
- Radio Imaging
- Voicemail and IVR systems (some are done by pros, some are done by employees)
- In-store announcements (can you tell the difference between the employee just grabbing the mic and the recorded voice?)
- Radio Plays
- Employee Communication
If you run across even more areas than are on this list – please post a response below!
In addition to simply figuring out what a voiceover is, you need to start figuring out where you might fit. So study the voices – the gender, the pitch, the attitudes – also the vocal styles, the types of scripts and products. Thing about how the demographic is affecting the tone and the script. It is NOT just about doing “funny voices.”