Five Tips for Female Voice Talents
Sure, it sounds like the beginning of a joke, but there are actually differences between a recording session with a female voice talent and a male voice talent. So, dear voxy ladies, let's get down to details.
- Clothes. Women are more likely to wear "noisy" clothes like silk, satin, and nylon. The microphone picks it all up, so wear something quiet.
- Perfume. A little perfume goes a long way when you're closed up in a recording booth, and it can be overpowering. Therefore, if you are recording with someone else, go easy on the perfume.
- Jewelry. Rattling earrings, noisy necklaces, and bracelets that clack against the table can ruin an otherwise great session. Be sure to buy quiet jewelry, or remove it before the voiceover session.
- Self-consciousness. Voiceover requires a relaxed, comfortable posture, and if your figure is less than perfect, you may feel embarrassed relaxing your abdominal muscles (especially if you're positioned in profile to the client and/or technician). Forget about it. You're being paid to narrate, not to model.
- Hair. Loose hair that hangs forward may brush the microphone, making noise. It may also block the script. It's not a bad idea to tie it back. Alternatively, use a styling product to keep that hair in place.