Concentration The second key of voice acting

Concentration The second key of voice acting

Do you have a hard time staying focused? Does your mind wander or jump from one thing to the next?

If so, you’re not alone. In this age of information overload almost everyone feels like they can barely keep their thoughts straight.

Yet being able to really concentrate and stay focused behind the mic is a key voice over skill.

Actors define concentration as having a private, truthful moment in front of an audience. And in voice over, the more truthful, vulnerable and accessible you can be, the more jobs you’ll book.

(In fact, it’s is one of the key skills we teach in our Voice Over Training Institute and at our Voice Over Bootcamp June 18-20 NYC https://www.greatvoice.com/voice-over-events)

In today’s short video I share my best tips to improve your powers of concentration behind the mic, as well as a surprisingly easy tip for improving your ability to visualize. You can try it at home tonight.

Don’t worry if you’re really scattered. I promise this will work for you.

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After you watch the video, I want to know your thoughts. Was this helpful? Is staying focused a challenge for you? How do you deal with it?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments box. I want to read about what’s on your mind so I can support you.

To your voice over success,

Susan Berkley,
Founder, The Great Voice Company

P.S. Good news! Registration is now open for our Voice Over Bootcamp Recording Studio Immersion Experience in NYC June 18-20. Get details here https://www.greatvoice.com/voice-over-events or call 800-333-8108.

7 Responses to Concentration The second key of voice acting

  1. When I was in VO school, among everything else we were taught was to always ask the question “Who am I speaking to?”. Is it a large audience, some friend over coffee, over the back fence with a neighbor, etc.? This always helps me. Yes, it’s difficult at times, but well worth the effort.

    • Yes, Tom. That’s a great tip. I believe voice over works best when we visualize speaking to one person at a time. Its most intimate and powerful. Thanks for writing! Susan

  2. Hi Susan…
    I enjoy each and every video “clip & tip”!! Thank You. I am so looking forward to the June Bootcamp. Software is loaded and my microphone & earphones are ordered. Most of all, I am excited about the opportunity awaiting me in NYC. I’ll look forward to meeting you, and with your help, to becoming a successful Voice Over Talent!!
    All the Best,
    Lloyd

  3. This was a great reminder to be in the moment when it comes to voiceovers.Thank you so much for your endeavors to push us in ways of excellence,when it comes to our voiceover careers.I especially like the part of picking up a good novel once in awhile,to keep that imagination of spark burning.Always best wishes in all your endeavors.

    • Glad this was helpful. Thanks Dave. Yes, we all need an antidote to the digital world and its nice to know that picking up and reading a good novel is a pleasant cure with no side effects (unless its a Stephen King novel that can give you nightmares!). Susan

  4. Hi Susan,
    I enjoy and look forward to all those voiceover tips you present.Hopefully I will be prepared soon for your next Bootcamp cycle following the one in June.

    Best Regards,

    Jim Richet

    • Hi Jim,

      Happy to help! When you get a moment, please reach out to Mark at mark@greatvoice.com or call him at 800-333-8108 x227 and he’ll put you on the notification list for the next one. My best, Susan

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