Recently, I recorded a narration for one of my clients that provides English language lessons for people moving to or already living in Canada. The subject matter of these lessons varies quite a lot from lesson to lesson and is meant to give the listener a firm grasp on different conversations or situations that they may encounter while speaking English. One of the most interesting things for me is seeing the notes that are written after the script that I record. They will explain colloquialisms or slang for the student that I may have never considered because I'm a native English speaker.
The latest entry I was contracted to voice over was an essay explaining the art of public speaking. As is usual with these lessons, my narration was to be recorded at three speeds: Slow, normal and fast. This is still a challenge for me as I tend to naturally speak rather quickly, despite my voice over, broadcasting and acting lessons having repeatedly reminded me to SLOW DOWN.
Although I, as the narrator, am essentially the "teacher" in this scenario, performing these eLearning language lessons has taught me a lot about Voice Over. In many aspects of life, I had the tendency to try and speed-run my way through (Likely a symptom of being an avid gamer). However, since starting these narrations, I've found that it's helped me to temper myself and take my time, which has in turn improved my Voice Over skills.
Hopefully this is a trend that I can continue and apply to other aspects of life, whether personal or professional.
Do you have a story about learning new things from unexpected places? Share it with me in the comments or shoot me an email: [email protected] - I look forward to hearing from you!
Take a listen to said lesson below...
Tim Main is a professional Voice Over Artist based out of his home studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is the second blog ever created by Tim, the first was originally from 2005 when his main focus was Star Wars Battlefront II. That blog still exists somewhere but it will never again see the light of day!