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VO4TA: Clarity for Character

Hugh P. Klitzke blogs at voiceoverfortheactor.com

 

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VO4TA: Rule No. 23: “Never sacrifice clarity for character”.

 

Direction will screw you up - if you let it. And direction that requests extremes in the performance of the read will distract you from putting an idea over clearly.  

 

Example 1: “Laid back, very relaxed. Almost sounds like she doesn’t care”.

Example 2: “Very fast. Almost in a kind of a frenzy. On the edge. Not being able to control their excitement”.

Example 3: “Intense, but quiet. Trailer-like but with more of a whisper.

 

If you’re not careful and let this kind of direction overtake your read - it becomes very easy to make important parts of the commercial unclear. Brand names (especially pharmaceuticals), complicated phrasing or enticing adjectives can quickly get lost.  

 

Remember, clarity of concept, clarity of pronunciation, clarity of intention; those are the ideas that the people who hire you are looking for in your read, as well as your sound.  

 

HPK

 

If you liked this post take a look at:

The General Rules

Understand the Way They Want it Done

Pronunciations

 

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