Voice Acting and how to master the art of Reading Aloud

——   Created by Serena Greenslade

Succeed in voice acting or voice over work by improving your voice become clear and expressive voice when reading aloud

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25
Lessons
2h 07m
Lesson time
beginner
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More about this course

The most important skill required for voice acting or voice over work is the ability to read aloud for performance. This is a wonderful skill and one that can also be used to read aloud to children, friends, elderly or sick relatives etc.

We can all read - some better than others - and because of this we all think we can read aloud. The truth is, we can't. Some of us struggle. Reading aloud is a skill that anyone can learn but there are basics steps to go through. Most importantly is the pace. When we read to ourselves our eyes and brain work very quickly, if you need to vocalise the words you need to give your mouth time to move from one sound to the next. Pausing is also essential and needs to be more frequent and longer than when we read silently to ourselves.

I have been teaching people to speak clearly since 1994 when I qualified as a speech trainer and in 2014 I obtained my Fellowship from the Victoria College of Drama with a specialisation in Reading Aloud. I have had articles published in magazines world wide and I've also written an academic paper.

I teach this course as though you were sitting opposite me in my own lounge. I explain and demonstrate and then you have opportunities to practice out loud before we move onto the next part of the skill.

Not all (perhaps a very small percentage) of voice acting/voice over work is the very dramatic cartoon type voice. Most voice over work uses an ordinary voice which is clear and has expression. I can teach you how to improve your reading aloud skills so that you will be able to read aloud:

  • serious business corporate items
  • adverts
  • children's books
  • classic novels
  • modern literature
  • poetry
  • news bulletins

This course does NOT teach you the technical aspects of recording - I know very little about microphones or sound proofing but I do know that you could have the best recording facilities in your town but if your voice isn't up to the job it will be waste of a good facility!

This course gives you plenty of opportunities to practice along with me, after all you can't improve your reading aloud skills unless you read aloud!

25 Lessons

0:04:54
Introduction
0:02:26
The basics
Reading the News and Weather
0:10:14
Reading the news
free preview
0:04:12
Reading the weather
Advertisements and Trailer
0:03:57
Reading an advert
0:04:18
Reading a promotional piece
0:05:15
Career
0:02:53
Reading a trailer
Poetry
0:02:28
Daffodils by William Wordsworth
0:02:45
Enjambed lines
0:01:26
Creating a picture
0:04:15
VERSE 1
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About the instructor

Serena Greenslade is an experienced speech confidence coach from Dorset, UK and she now lives in central Portugal. Serena qualified in 1994 (A.N.E.A.) as an elocution teacher and since then has taught lecturers at Universities, trainee doctors for the NHS, sports coaches, business people, telephone sales personnel, children, health care …

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