Voice Over Coaching: Why I Wrote the Voice Over Actor’s Handbook
As I listened carefully to the performances of some of the best voice over talents in the business, as well as those of stage and film actors, as a voice over coach I began to see strong connections in how the dramatic content of the script related to the grammar fundamentals I had learned in school. On the negative side of these observations, I watched many professional actors working on stage in choice roles who lost their audience because they didn’t fully understand the phrasing and structure of the lines they were trying to communicate, not to mention the basics of pace, pitch, and pause. Most of my beginning students share these shortcomings. They initially fail to grasp how to determine which words are important and which are just connective tissue or redundant, and they do not know how to apply those observations to the delivery of a script. After over twenty years of recording these observations, I have written The Voice Over Actor’s Handbook. I hope it will motivate you to deeply explore the dramatic possibilities that lie within the structural dynamics of the English language.
I repeat several concepts in different contexts throughout my book. That is intentional, as they serve as reminders about principles previously introduced and discussed. They may be later offered in new situational settings that may be different than when presented and discussed earlier. This will help you to review and absorb these principles.