I’m someone who likes to use their voice. This might be an obvious statement with the radio work that I do, but voice-over work has only ever been on the edge of things I’ve been involved with.
So when I saw Gravy for the Brain were offering a discount on Groupon for their Beginners Voice-Over Course, it seemed silly not to take the opportunity to get started especially as it tickled my frugal nature.
The course itself was a good foothold on getting the basics down yet I am glad I didn’t pay the full amount as my radio work meant I already had a lot of groundwork covered.
For me, the best bits of this course were the warming up breathing techniques, the PAAD character development rule, and sadly the hydration advice – which means I should drink much less milky tea!
I’ve officially finished the course – with a shiny certificate to prove it!
The resources with the course should prove useful, especially the sample contracts as today I went to Mango Pie Media to record my first voice-over showreel.
When I got into the recording booth, I suddenly started to worry that I would slip back into my newsy mode. I knew I could do it but if you’re used to presenting radio shows with only bulletin points, when I read from scripts it’s nearly always for a news bulletin. It’s a habit I needed to work out.
Fortunately, when working with Tristan at Mango-Pie Media, he made it very easy for me to get better with each new take, finding ways to make me turn from newsreader to commercial radio/tv voice-over lady.
It’s ad-hoc work, so no guarantee I’ll be shouting about my first radio advert in the next couple weeks but fingers crossed I’ll be treading lightly into the world of voice-over.