Find VO actors with improv skills.
Hiring voiceover actors either randomly or regularly for marketing videos? Selecting voice talent with improvisation (improv) skills gives you more power to get what you want from your voiceover session. You’ll be a happier video producer in the end, not only with your final audio recording but with the entire session experience.
Actors with improv skills are:
often quick on their feet with new ideas
flexible to shift gears and follow new direction
or even offer ideas on takes or ad-libs
Could this mean you’re hiring a stand-up comedian? Or an actor who wants to change your lines you’ve worked so hard to meaningfully craft? No. Even voice actors who haven’t studied improv have fears that this is what it means. Thankfully that’s not true. You won’t get a comedian. A VO actor with improv expects to collaborate with you, to discover and experience your script as spontaneously as possible while delivering the meaning you intend. Voice actors with improv practice have a strong skill set of receiving a suggestion and running with it, while maintaining overall scope or direction. From my experience, improv trained actors more instinctively pull in ideas of location, ambiance, contextual relationship to bring added performance depth with your script.
The above photo is of Viola Spolin, a woman I refer to as the mother of modern improvisation. She made immense and pivotal contributions to the craft, and her ideas are foundational in most of today’s improv schools for actors and non-actors. I believe Spolin taught actors to release their inhibitions, to play spontaneously. She created so many ways to experiment and practice this art. She blazed trails within theater and film acting and beyond.
Voice actors who invested in improvisation training offer you not only great final recordings from directed sessions. They also bring fun, confidence and probably a little entertainment during the session with you and your clients.
“Yes, And” great sessions can also be fun!
Next time you are hiring a voiceover actor, seek out those with improv training.