Practicing The Conversational Read
Sounding conversational in voiceover is essential to engage the listener and create an authentic connection. Here are some tips to help you sound more conversational when the audition or job calls for it:
Speak naturally: The key to sounding conversational is to speak as you would in a normal conversation. This seems straightforward, but you’d be surprised how often people ‘put on’ a voice when they’re being recorded. Which can make them sound robotic or over-rehearsed.
Use inflection: Vary your pitch and tone to convey emotion and make your voice sound more interesting and engaging. Incorporating physical movement can really help with that.
Pause naturally: Use pauses in your speech as you would in a conversation. This will help to give the listener time to process what you're saying and make your voiceover sound more natural. Sometimes you have to ignore the punctuation in the script in order to achieve this.
Use contractions: Contractions are a natural part of speech in everyday conversation. Using contractions in your voiceover will make your delivery sound more natural and relaxed vs robotic and too “read-y”.
Imagine speaking to a friend: Visualize speaking to a friend or family member while recording your voiceover. This will help you to adopt a more conversational tone and make your delivery sound more natural.
Be yourself: Don't try to be someone else or adopt a fake persona when recording your voiceover. Be true to yourself and let your natural personality shine through.
Your acting skills will really come into play here.
Remember, the goal is to create a connection with the audience and make them feel like they're having a conversation with you, rather then you talking at them.