On some point of my life, I thought about doing voice dubbing. Just like what you see on TV. It’s one of those things I’d probably put and eventually
cross out in my “bucket list. ” Sure, it’s not for a TV series or an anime but hey sometimes, these moments just come when you least expect it. I’ll take it anyday.
A week ago, my creative director pulled me out of nowhere and dragged me into the recording studio. Imagine Scorpion of Mortal Kombat shouting “Get Over Here!” – exactly! Had no formal training whatsoever. Was handed out a script. Got some ideas from our video editor on what kind tone and projection should i use. Ran with it because we had a 2 hour deadline.
To the people who know me well, I usually speak monotone. Never will you ever hear me this energetic even on a sales pitch.
Some basic tips and observations that I’d like to share with you guys in terms of doing voiceovers are:
– For a 30 seconder like what I just did, it requires that you talk fast and put some sort of emphasis on words that need to be stressed.
– If you wear clothing that rustles like say a jacket, take it off. It will affect your recording.
– Make sure that there is silence in the room. Also a must for recording.
– Clear your throat and talk to people so that your voice is warmed up beforehand.
– Practice your lines and do it at “performance level” or at least the standards where your director/editor thinks it’s good enough.
– On your script, highlight which words or lines need to be emphasized or stressed in terms of intonation. Doing it line-by-line is easier as you can experiment what parts of the line you can stress or highlight.
– Lastly, Confidence. Got to have it. Put your personal style on your delivery and make it yours. Own it!
For God knows where in Japan this is airing. Here’s a treat from me to you.