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VO4TA: Narration - No. 1

A narration is not an audiobook.

 

(I am going break down every adage I put into that post eventually.)

 

But in common, they have a similar cadence to their reads.  Please note I said cadence, not function.  

 

While the text in an audiobook often has no other support than the actor, the narration voice over is accompanied by image.

 

The narration voice over, in general, creates specificity.  And the the function of the voice over frequently changes from section to section or even line to line.  

 

Sometimes the voice clarifies.  Sometimes the voice provides context.  Sometimes the voice illustrates drama.  Sometimes the voice provides comment. Sometimes it inhabits the quotes of the long dead.

 

And when auditioning for narration it is important to make the best guess you possibly can about what purpose the line you are reading functions in an overall context.  

Yes, I said guess.  

 

Hugh P. Klitzke blogs at voiceoverfortheactor.com.

 

Sometimes when auditioning, dear reader, (perhaps more than we like to admit) we are just taking our best guess and doing the very best we can with what we've got in front of us.

 

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