Tuesday, 25 September 2018

How to look after your voice as we head into autumn

Ah once again it is that time of year again. Back to school, the summer holidays a memory and it might almost be time to turn up the heating thermosat. Here at the Big Fish Media Towers we are busy preparing the decks for the autumn business and ensuring that our voices are in tip top condition.

With over 2000 voices on our books and the approaching cooler weather here in the UK we felt a run down of how to look after your voice would be a good plan. In summer, the heat and light is a rather welcome blessing after the cooler spring months. However now as we head into autumn, what should you do to ensure your voice stays in tip top condition?

1. Drink warm but not hot drinks - warm/tepid/lukewarm drinks such as lemon and ginger tea, throat coat

2. Vocal exercises - ensure you keep exercising your vocal cords and mouth with articulation exercises

3. Layers - many studios will be cool to start a session but as you are in a small room exhaling hot air while narrating then its likely to get warm to toasty. So scarves, layers, jumpers, shirts etc are your firm friends.

Keep well ahead of the autumn and when you want to book our warmed up voices then please get in touch.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

What is the best way to improve your voice skills?

Being a professional voiceover artist is a talent, gift and a skilled profession. Here at Big Fish Media we are proud to represent and work with highly skilled and talented voice over actors on a daily basis. Many have trained through an acting or presenting background while others have worked in radio for decades. However the main thing is that all of our voices love what they do and enjoy working.

Some of our voices have been on our books for years and are solid bookers, working daily. Others are new and fresh to the voice over industry. Many are in between. What they all have in common is that they take voice work very seriously and many train or retrain year after year. What are the best options to improve your voice skills?

The main skills necessary for being a professional voice over artist include;

  1. Sight reading – reading copy and understanding the context is key and with scripts changing up to and including in a session, sight reading is a really valuable skill to have. Practice, practice and practice.
  2. Vocal exercise – like any other job that requires physicality ensure your muscles are in good working order. Train and understand and appreciate your working voice box and how to warm up, work and cool down. Become a guru of voice exercise.
  3. Listen – yes while talking is the job, actually a fair part of it if not more is listening. Do you listen and hear your own voice and what it can do? Do you listen and understand and then act on what the director says? If not, then get working on this. Listening and opening your eyes and ears and not just your mouth will really help your vocal skills.
All our voices are used to understanding context and working on upskilling themselves every day. Please get in touch to work with our talented aquarium of voices.