As a result, they almost never have to idle, and they can record many assignments. But how do these voice-overs keep their voices in shape, so that every recording sounds fresh?
Hoarseness is something most people will recognize when they have had to speak a lot. Fortunately, thanks to vocal hygiene, it is possible to speak a lot without sounding hoarse. The main reason for hoarseness in voiceovers is dry air. Good ventilation of the voice-over studio is the solution. If you can't just open a window, you can think of a humidifier, for example. It also helps by not doing a lot of things: turning on the air conditioning and laying a thick carpet or rug on the floor of your recording studio. Measure the air humudity!
Other important speaking factors
There are also some important technical factors to keep your voice over voice in shape. Voice actors who have to record a commercial with an angry person immediately recognize that it is super tiring and taxing on their voice to speak loudly. Strong articulation does not help either, but fortunately strong articulation has also been out of fashion for a while when recording voiceovers.
If, like our voice-overs, you are allowed to record several texts a day, it is wise not to do this in one go. Your vocal cords are made up of muscles that get tired after prolonged exertion. When your voice gets tired, and you continue to record, the voice becomes even more forced and becomes even more tired. Planning voice-over recordings is therefore key.
The best body position for voice overs
Body posture is also often overlooked. We regularly see beautiful voice-over studios where a voice actor armed with a cup of tea can record his voice-overs while sitting, but this is technically a very bad idea. The best body position for voiceovers is with two feet firmly planted on the floor, shoulders low and relaxed. Don't forget to keep your head straight and in line with your back.
Eat healthy and sleep well, also for a top voice!
Many voice-overs work from their own home studio. As a result, they are always a few steps away from their pantry. Attractive, but a healthy diet is also super important for your voice. Some basic things contribute to a better voice, such as chewing well, not eating spicy food, certainly not consuming dairy products and drinking plenty of water.
The above tips are of course also very suitable for other professions that have to work a lot with their voice, such as speakers, presenters, managers and telephone operators. Working from home has also led to more telephone consultations - and therefore speaking - for many other professions, so try to keep your voice fresh and fruity as much as possible.