How to properly edit scripts with too many words

How to properly edit scripts with too many words

It’s not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when.

It’s a sure bet that one day one of your voice over clients will send you a script with too many words and expect you to read it in too little time.

In commercial voice over the spot you are reading (or auditioning for) has to fit into :60 seconds, :30 seconds or sometimes less.

If you’re lucky, the script is well written and you can easily say it all in the allotted time.

But more often than not, they’ve written too much.

You grab your stop watch, race through the script and when you’re done- blue in the face and gasping for air- you’re still about 15 seconds too long.
Not good.

The worst thing to do in a situation like this is to pull out a pen and start crossing out words. The client won’t be pleased if you start chopping up their handiwork.

But there is a way to deal diplomatically with this common problem and I’ll share my strategy in this week’s Inside Voice Over Video training video blog

Take a look and I think you’ll come away with a great strategy to gain confidence in your voice over career.

Watch It Here Now

After you watch the video, I want to know your thoughts. Was this helpful?

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

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12 Responses to How to properly edit scripts with too many words

  1. Would it help to ask the copy writer ( company) how they want you to come across to their target listeners?

    Do they want you to sound: conversational, or a, ‘used-car’ salesman type pitch, or an auctioneer, etc.?

    • Hi Colonel,

      Sure, its always helpful to ask the voice buyer what specifically they are looking for. And since everybody these days wants a conversational read, the question should encourage them to cut some copy so you can sound more relaxed. Great to hear from you!


    • You’re very welcome, Eddie. And congratulations on joining our Platinum Mentor program! I look forward to helping you grow your exciting new voice over career this year. Susan

  2. Sometimes I don’t notice I’m speaking fast until I get the …huh or the what did you say response. Not being understood can be distracting for some unless your reading the small print of what’s not included or not liable for. Hahaha ????

    • You’re right! Its very difficult to be objective about your own voice. That’s why you need a good coach. Give us a call if we can help: 800-333-8108


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