Tyrone Jackson and Alyson Steel discuss voice-over coaching. Alyson reveals that she prefers to coach students who are gung-ho about the industry. She says that it can be a very psychological industry and as actors, voice over artists have to access their emotions as tools, and if they have any emotional blocks its something they have to deal with.
To give our audience a taste of voice-over coaching, Alyson guides our producer, Lexi, through a piece of ad-copy. Alyson gives some great advice for beginners:
1) Stand up when reading copy. Either wear flats or take off your shoes in the booth to feel grounded.
2) Start by anchoring, which means reading each word in the copy without inflection.
3) Figure out who you are in this situation and who are you talking to.
4) Know where you are in the commercial. A coffee shop? A bar? Inside a car?
5) When working on the mic it's not about volume, it's about intimacy.
For more great advice like this visit SixFigureVoice.com! Take your career to the next level!
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