You’ve got a great script in hand, you know who your target market is and you’re ready to get the recording done. But have you thought about who will voice this script? It’s not as simple as hiring someone who can read well; the right voice actor can make or break your project.
Have a good idea of what you’re looking for
The first step to hiring a good voice over actor is to have a good idea of what you need. How are you defining your “good” voice? What kind of accent or dialect do you want for your project? Will the narrator be male, female, or both? Who will be doing the voice-over (a specific person or an agency)?
The second part is to write a script that defines the type of sound and mood you’re looking for. The best way to do this is by reading some samples from scripts written by other people in your industry with similar content. In general, scripts should have strong words and sentences so they can be read easily without sounding flat; they should not use too many qualifiers (“very,” “rather”), etc.; they should avoid repeating words at all costs; structure sentences according to their organization; use active verbs instead of passive ones when possible; avoid clichés like “moved by” when describing emotions; keep it short enough so that readers won’t get bored but long enough so there’s enough depth in each scene/character/sentence/etc., etc., etc., as well as making sure it fits into one page so people don’t lose interest halfway through reading!
Do your research
As a prospective customer, you have every right to do your research before hiring a voice actor. You should be looking for someone who is professional, talented and experienced.
The first step in this process is to look at the voice over artist website. If they have one, it will usually include samples of their work and a list of services that they offer. If the site looks professional (no typos or grammatical errors) and seems easy to navigate through then that’s already good sign!
Next you should check out their social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter etc. This will give you some idea of how they interact with others online and how committed they are to providing great service too!
Finally there are three things we would recommend asking any potential voice actor:
1) Ask them if they have any references;
2) Ask them what equipment do use?
3) Ask for a demo reel so that you know exactly what kind of quality level we’re dealing with here
This will help avoid unpleasant surprises later on in project development process when money starts coming out of pocket!
Pay attention to how they look on camera
As you’re looking at voice over actors, pay attention to how they look on camera. Ideally, you want someone who is comfortable in front of the camera. If your voice over actor looks like they are having fun and enjoying their work, chances are that they will be able to bring a sparkle to their performance.
Some of the things we look for when considering if we want to work with an actor include:
- Do they smile?
- How do they move? Are they stiff or fluid?
- What kind of clothes do they wear (if any)?
Listen to their work samples and ask questions
To get a better sense of how well you’ll mesh with a voice actor, it’s important to ask them questions about their experience, background, training and equipment.
Here are some sample questions:
- How long have you been a voice actor? What projects have you worked on in the past? This will allow you to gauge their experience level and whether or not they are qualified for your project.
- Are you trained as an actor? This can help determine if they have formal training in acting techniques such as stage movement and improvisation. Their answers will also give insight into how confident they are in their own abilities as well as potential areas where they may need additional coaching from either yourself or another coach.
Similarly, if you are planning to hire an explainer voice over actor then you should ask for the sample clip so that you can check his/her work quality. A genuine voice artist should not hesitate to share their work.
Don’t let the business part blindside you
It’s important to know what you’re looking for in a voice over actor. The business part of things can be overwhelming, so it’s nice to know that you have someone who has thought through all these little details with you.
You want to make sure they are a good fit for your brand, and that they will be comfortable working with you. He/she should try their best to make sure every client feels like family. Some people just don’t have the personality or experience in the field, but a genuine voice actor always let them go gracefully so everyone is happy!
We also want to see if they have any recommendations from their previous clients on how good they were at handling the project demands (like deadlines), how organized they are when sending files back and forth between us and them (which makes life easier), and whether or not they like working with us in general 🙂
Not all voice actors are created equally and it’s important to do your homework before hiring.
It’s important to know that not all voice actors are created equally. Some are just not very good at what they do, and it’s important to do your research before hiring a voice actor.
Here are some tips for finding a great voice over artist:
- Do your homework before you hire someone. You should know what you want and need in advance so that the voice actor can be directed towards getting exactly what you’re looking for in terms of tone and delivery, as well as how they look on camera while recording their lines.
I hope that you have found this post helpful and informative. If you are looking for a good voice actor, please take some time to read through my tips and see if they can help you find the perfect person for your project. Good luck!