Handling Voice Over Mistakes

Handling Voice Over Mistakes

One of the great things about voice-over is that you’re not live and that’s great news for anyone who makes mistakes while reading copy…and that’s all of us!

Yet many novices become flustered and frustrated when they miss a word or stumble. Some people get completely derailed.

It’s as if they think they need to read the script perfectly from end to end without making a single goof!

So if you make mistakes, relax! It’s been said that even saints made 6 mistakes a day. 😉

So what do you do when you’re in a session and you start to stumble?

In voice over, mistakes are corrected by what are called “pick ups” and “punch-ins.” In this week’s Inside Voice Over video training blog I share best practices for handling mistakes so you don’t waste time and can keep the session running smoothly.

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After you watch the video, I want to know your thoughts. Was this helpful? Write to me in the comments box. I want to learn what’s on your mind so I can support you and share your best practices.

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

To your voice over success,

Susan Berkley,
Founder, The Great Voice Company

11 Responses to Handling Voice Over Mistakes

  1. Susan,
    Another great lesson.
    Week-in and week-out you offer pertinent and timely advice.
    I’m very grateful for what you do.

  2. Great advice! And as a seasoned Voice Talent, I know I make mistakes — more than I care to admit :)))

    The clicker is a great idea for marking errors. I also use my own voice to mark errors. When I make an error, I get close to the mic and say “BOOP” — loud, which I can really see in my audio file. Sometimes, I have to say BOOP Three or BOOP Four. Ha Ha… whatever it takes. It really saves time in editing. Our minds do play tricks on us. I will go over a script several times and, especially if it’s long form narration, I’ll say something that, when doing my Quality Assurance, I’ll be so surprised at what comes out of my mouth! So, off I go to the studio right now to fix some of those errors you are talking about 🙂 Thanks Susan. I really enjoy your videos!

    • HA HA! I love BOOP. But if you forget to edit it out your client will wonder what the heck happened to you! Thanks Lauren- Susan

  3. Susan,
    You make some very valid points. When I am in the studio…working with a client and engineer…or just going solo in the booth…I am consciously making an effort to avoid saying “Sorry.” But it still happens I think, because since we were small…you make a mistake you apologize for it. Always enjoy your posts. Keep up the good work.
    Tom McCray

  4. I appreciate your video blogs because they zero in on a particular issue and you give a concise and simple solution.

  5. Susan, I laughed when you said it sometimes sounds like a different language. I was recently recording an audio book and went back to listen along with the script and had just that reaction. The phrase ran together and sounded like Italian LOL. Thanks so much for your encouragment and my best to you and your amazing crew!


    • You’re welcome, Stephen. Yes, it’s amazing what comes out of our mouth sometimes! Susan

  6. Thanks for the tip…..helps find the error and edit quickly. And yes, re-read while listening…as sometimes you shorten a line or skip a word easily. Great stuff Susan.

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