Voice Over Tips & Warmups

Andrew Zuber
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Proper preparation is essential for success in voice over and voice acting work. Here are a few resources from us at Voices to help you prepare for all stages of auditioning, working, and tweaking your performances.

A good session starts with making sure you're properly warmed up. Check out our latest blog post for some essential vocal warmups that work wonders: https://www.voices.com/blog/vocal_warm_ups/

Once you're warming up and ready to start your performance, knowing the essentials that clients are looking for can be the difference in landing a project. For help on the specifics of what makes or breaks a lot of auditions, check out our Voice Acting Tips YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL60epQE0BM-kb5ho4G9GgJ3KEKzZN8D6p

Even when you're working from home, sometimes an audition or a project calls for a live directed session so the voice actor can work directly with a client to ensure it sounds just right and both sides save time in executing the goal. We've got plenty of information on how to connect to your next live directed session from home: https://www.voices.com/blog/isdn-and-source-connect-explained-for-voice-actors/

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  • jsalas
    jsalas Member, Voices_Premium
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    Hi there, Warming up is essential to get the fluidity of the words together. I have a way of warming up that makes my kids laugh. Because, when I was a kid, I learned how to "beat-box," and I found myself waking up every day beat-boxing and figured it was probably my subconscious way of warming up to speak for the day. I still do it daily. And, it's fun! - J Salas

  • Andrew Zuber
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    Beat-boxing! I love that as a warm-up. Get those vocal cords buzzing to start the day.

  • tifgrant
    tifgrant Member, Voices_Premium
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    My vocal warmups involve running through a series of tongue twisters to loosen up. I always drink LOTS of [room temperature] water throughout the day as well as hot teas on occasion. I also use a throat spray called "Clear Voice" if I'm too "smacky." One other thing I like to do is keep my lips moistened with lip balm at all times. Maybe it's only psychological, but I think it helps!

    I almost always do an improvised lead in before I start the actual copy. I think it improves the flow, and I find it helps to prevent me from blurting out that first word.

  • brettbower
    brettbower Member, Voices_Premium
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    Very good tips here! Thank you!