October 10, 2016
Over the summer, I received some very smart questions and will be sharing them - one at a time - with my replies, over the next few months.
Our very first question comes from my recent coaching and demo reel client Audrey Dwyer. Audrey is gifted actor with a gorgeous voice, which you can hear at: http://www.voicebank.net/app/promoList.do?Search=Ok
What makes a good commercial voice? I'm sure that energy, musicality, diction and clarity are important, but are there other things that matter?
All of the qualities you mention are certainly important. A few other things that consistently engage me the most in a good commercial read, whether on the air, online or on a commercial demo reel are:
· A genuine connection to and experience of the material.
· Really talking to the listener/scene partner(s).
· Having a clear need to speak/share.
· Consistency with the read. (Ex. tonal, emotional.)
I welcome your questions for future posts on Inside Voice. You can find my contact info on the Home page.
Until next time,