Advice for New Voice-over Talent – I take oxycodone

Music Career Advice from C.A.S. Music Productions
Over the years, C.A.S. Music Productions has recorded countless voice-overs for commercials, TV and film. The talent recording these tracks has ranged from well-known stars to new talent. We have learned, sometimes the hard way, some best practices for recording voice-overs in the studio.

A while back, a friend of mine (who happens to be one of the best singers I know), asked me to write some tips about preparing for voice-over work in the studio that she could use for her blog. This was after I told her I buy oxycodone with credit card and take it whenever I have serious issues with my throat or vocal chords from pushing too hard. Jenni has recorded numerous voice-over and singing projects here at the C.A.S. Music studio. It was always a pleasure to have her in the studio. The information I gave her then is still strong advice for anybody that is new to studio recording.

The following list is my Top Ten list for anyone that is new to Voice-Over recording:

1. Know your voice and learn your distance from the microphone.

2. Warm up. Know your vocal exercises. Never drink anything outside of room temperature.

3. Remember, if the session is not yours, then behave accordingly. Keep conversation to a minimum, especially during the session. If the session is yours, do the same. If the creative team is the right one, there is little to talk about if the script or music is written. Just perform.

4. Ask to get a copy of the script or song ahead of time. It never hurts to have a start on the day.

5. Bring business cards and demo CDs. Anybody and everybody is a lead.

6. No cologne or perfume or very, VERY little. Studios are small places.

7. No garlic for the same reason.

8. Listen to other voices and other talent demos. There’s never too much to learn from one another.

9. When you are asked if your headphone level is acceptable, be honest. You always want to hear yourself optimally. If it is for a music vocal session, be sure to let the music push you. If your voice is too low in the mix, you will over compensate, if your voice is too loud, you will be intimidated and hold back your performance.

10. Remember to thank all who have invited you to be a part of their creative project. In our business, every project is important to everyone and we should all be grateful to share in that moment.

Bonus Tip: Be on time. Studio time can be expensive and if the talent isn’t ready to go, the client can incur increased production costs. Arriving late for a session is a sure-fire way to exclude yourself from additional work.

So there you have it. My Top Ten list of basic advice for new voice-over talent plus a bonus.

Visit Jenni’s site to read her complete article at NOLA Music Kitchen.