The winged beast emerges from the dark crevice of the cave and terror strikes the army of warriors sent to vanquish him. The leader of the warrior clan holds their sword above their head, musters all their courage, and yells to the beast “weef cohmtchu gill yu!” At least that’s what the words will sound like from a voice actor who hasn’t strengthened their diction before voicing this character.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that because voice actors are continually asked to sound less announcery, you can get away with sloppy diction. It doesn’t mean that every job must be perfectly enunciated, but when you are expressing intense emotion in a game, have read long hours of complicated tech copy in a narration, or have been hired to be the voice of a retail store - you must have the facility of your articulators at your disposal in order to give you precision without sounding precise.
In our upcoming class, Diction and Clarity, you’ll learn not only how to zero in on problem areas, such as slurred words, enunciation difficulties or regionalisms, but also how to strengthen the muscles in your mouth in order to have clarity for any job. Let the class give you ideas for a daily practice of vocal warm-ups and diction training, so that you are free to focus on the acting on the job, and rest assured that no matter the circumstance you’ll be understood.
Diction and Clarity • October 1 & 8 • 2 Tuesdays • 6:30-9:30pm • Instructor: Andy Alabran
The app features a 5-minute speech and diction warm-up to use whenever you're about to hit the booth, when you're heading to a class, or even when you're about to start an important meeting. This exercise helps in particular with resonance, breath support, and articulation, all of which will help your intentions and emotions come through and "land."
Be understood no matter the circumstance using clear diction
Inspired by the three-week intensive some of our students recently completed, Danny spoke with Voice One Vocal Health instructor Julia Norton who has over 25 years of experience teaching people how to have a free and healthy voice.
An Interview with Top Dialect Coach Doug Honorof
Voice One offers a beginning improv class that takes you through the the basic rules of improv (believe it or not, there are rules!) through games and scenes. Laura Derry creates a fun and safe space for you to succeed and fail and you'll laugh and learn a lot!
We are premiering a new class called Storytelling in VO. The class takes place over two Thursdays: January 31st and February 7th from 6:30pm-9:30pm taught by Sally. The class will cover the short story format, with scripts from commercials, corporate narration, literature, and children’s books.