When it’s clear that the client really wants this to be “conversational”, but hasn’t written it that way at all, it can sometimes be helpful to try to manage and clarify their expectations ahead of time.
Otherwise, you can get stuck with a client who’s impossible to please no matter how many revisions and changes you make. If you’re able to manage their expectations before that initial delivery, it can go a long way toward avoiding conflict and misunderstanding later.
Sometimes, they just want to make sure you’re not reading it like a cheesy infomercial. Don’t sound like Troy McClure! 🙂
Cadence & Tempo! Adding some pauses, speeding up, slowing down, varying our pacing…these are ways we can tenderize a very tough piece of voiceover meat.
Yes! Sometimes we need to push the limits (especially when we’re just practicing) in order get a feel for what’s appropriate and what’s best for our own unique voices. So, when you’re practicing, don’t be shy! Try things super-fast and super-slow.
Habit #3 (Cut your volume)! Playing with volume can add another dimension and variety to these projects.