Tips to make voice overs work for documentaries

Audio production and voice overs have grown as an industry in the past few years. Especially, voice over for documentary. These are narrations along with a video so that the on looker can get a better understanding of what is going on in the video. The most popular example of this is animal planet, national geographic, discovery, A&E, BBC, PBS and more. The narrators of each of these documentaries have to adapt to a set of skills so that their voice over is as naturally blended in as the voices in the viewers head. Here are a few skills that are required for a narrator to have:

Cool Under Pressure:

Narrators need to be cool under pressure especially when they are representing a change of emotion according to the script. Voicing over might sound easier than acting, however matching the tone and expression of your voice according to setting of the scene, the main character involved, etc. is not as easy a task as it sounds.

Has a Visual Ability:

Having a visual ability is an important part of voicing over a story. If you do not have the ability of skill to not just envision a world on paper but also go deep within the story and envision the character’s emotions, the environmental settings, etc. then voicing over will be much more difficult for you.

Honors the Writing:

While an average narrator will simply recite the lines, a good narrator will be able to capture the right emotion in their voice, they will not just narrate lines but they will properly represent the scene at hand with pacing and dimensions as per the writer’s script. Good Narrators properly study the script to understand each and every detail about the writer’s intentions.

Is creative:

Any sort of artist needs a pinch of creativity for prospering in their desired field. Voicing over is the same. Voicing over is the same, you need to understand the emotion involved in each scene to properly represent the voice over in the scenario.

Understands Timing:

This is one of the most underrated skills involved in voicing over. Even the most experienced professionals struggle with timing their voices according to the given scene.

If voicing over is a skill you are willing to learn then you can find out more about these skills via online courses. There are a variety of online courses that explain the dimensions of voicing over.