Get On Track with William Williams Voice Over GPS™

William Williams Voice Over GPSPlan your voice over journey with my “no BS” free guideWilliam Williams Voice Over GPS™.  You’ll learn:

  • Training-Why voice over is different than speech
  • Coaching-How working one-on-one will benefit you
  • Voice Over Demo-Make sure your demo pops
  • Home Recording-Skills and equipment you need
  • VO Casting-Where to find work
  • Plus Websites, Agents & SAG-AFTRA

Don’t go it alone. Take advantage of my 25+ years of experience to find the fastest route to your VO destination.

Just fill in your name and email to download your free copy now.  And then put the pedal to the metal!

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Reading in Voiceover: Improve Your Speed and Accuracy

If you want to turn in faster and better voiceover auditions and jobs then you need to improve your reading skills. If you find yourself halting, stumbling on words, or mis-reading the copy here’s why that happens–and how to fix it!

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Should You Edit Out Breaths in Voice Over? Yes… and No!

I am a firm believer that speeding up auditions equals more auditions equals more jobs.

And this efficiency means mo’ money per hour of auditioning.

When I read an audition there is often a sentence or two that I “pick up” so there is usually some quick editing involved in creating the final audition.

I also like to clean the beginning and the end with silence.

But then the question arises “should I take out the breaths?” The answer is no… and yes.

Here’s a my video about editing breaths in voice over production.

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Breathing in Voice Over: Do It Right!

If your body has to choose between staying alive and talking… it’s going to gasp for air and choose staying alive.

People say to me, “hey, I know how to breath. I’ve been doing it my entire life!”

But there is a difference between breathing when you are speaking naturally and breathing when you’re reading voice over copy.

Here’s some hints on how to perfect your breathing skills.

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Voice Over: Be Conversational not Announcy

You only need to read through a handful of audition descriptions before you run into the word “conversational”.

Or you may find the direction more negative such as “no disc jockey or announcer”.
As voice over styles evolve, there is a trend toward a more natural, personal read.

But what exactly is this “conversational” sound and how do you achieve it?

Here’s how to perfect your conversational technique.

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Voice Over Job? Watch the Word Count

Your on voices.com or voice123.com and you check out a new job that has been posted. And it has a budget of $1000! Not bad

Then you read the job description and find out that this job is an audiobook. And it’s 110,000 words. That’s a rate of less than one cent per word. 

Watch this video to learn how to decide which voice over jobs make sense according to the word count.

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Pickups Hints for Voice Over Editing

You’ve just finished a 4000 word e-learning voice over project and you send it to the client.

They love the interpretation but they tell you that the name that you read is not pronounced Smith but Smyth.

Oh no, do I have to record this entire job again?

Nooo! This is a job for pickups. So what is a pickup?

A pick up is simply re-recording only the sentence in which the mistake is made.

But you have to be careful. It is very important to make sure that the sound of the pickup matches the original recording and does not stand out.

Here’s how to do that:

 

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Secret Voice Over Microphone Technique

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Misleading Voice Over Advice-The Uglier Side of Voice Over Experts

Voice over talent accusing another talentI produced records in the 90s and I had a recording studio. Often voice over talent would ask me to record their projects and from this I developed an interest in voice over. So I asked an actor acquaintance I knew how to being this career. “oh, that’s impossible to get into!” she said. “I tried it and couldn’t get an agent blah, blah, blah…”

In spite of this advice I put together a demo and began directly marketing my skills to ad agencies and video production houses. “they’ll just throw your demo away… blah, blah…” Soon I was narrating all the videos for Princess Cruises. From this experience I landed an agent.

“Hey!, I got an agent”, I said enthusiastically to my acquaintance… Continue reading

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Conversational vs Announcer Voice Over Styles

Conversational vs Announcer styles in Voice OverYou only need to read through a handful of audition descriptions before you run into the word “conversational”. Or you may find the direction more negative such as “no disc jockey or announcer”.

As voice over styles evolve, there is a trend toward a more natural, personal read. But what exactly is this “conversational” sound and how do you achieve it?  Here’s how to perfect your conversational technique. Continue reading

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Sound: Voice Over’s Friend and Foe

Abstract color sound wavesVoice Over is unique artistic performance because it is entirely produced with sound.
There are other performances of sound–a live rock concert for example– that depend on sound but they have other aspects that contribute to the experience: costuming, lighting, pyrotechnics.  But voice over is only sound.

Think of an audiobook.  The setting, the weather, the characters, the plot and the emotions are entirely conveyed by the reader’s voice. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

But as you create a voice performance you’ll find that some sound is your friend.  And some sounds are your foes. Continue reading

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