The Unrehearsed Voiceover

The Unrehearsed Voiceover

Splicing A Reel To Reel Tape - Male Voice Talent - Marc ScottThe first time I recorded a radio commercial I was working in radio. I walked into the booth, sat down in front of the microphone, put the gargantuan headset on, and waited for the cue from the producer.

Then I threw up.

Not literally, mind you. No, there were no chunks on the desk. What I mean is, the words that came out of my mouth didn’t even remotely resemble the words that were in the copy. I was nervous. I was a rookie. I was unprepared. I was humiliated.

Screwing up back in those days was a pain in the butt. You see, there was no Adobe Audition. No Pro Tools. There was tape. There was reel-to-reel. That meant one of two things. A) You nail the take. B) You cut and edit old school.

I don’t know why, but the producer wasn’t into option B.

I learned very quickly that before I sat down to record, I needed to be prepared. If my production shift was at 2pm, I’d show up at 1:45pm. I’d take all the scripts I had to read and I’d practice.

It took a while, but eventually I learned to become a one take wonder.

One take… after five or ten or forty-seven practice takes!

When you send me your script to record I read the entire thing over a couple of times before I ever push the record button. I want to get a feel for the script. I want to highlight sections that need emphasis. I want to look up any tricky names or words I might be unfamiliar with.

I rehearse so that when I record you get what you’re looking for.

Or, there’s this guy.

Have you got a script you need recorded right? I’d be happy to read it. Send me an email and we’ll talk.

About Marc Scott

I've been doing voice work since 1995. When I'm not recording jobs, sending auditions, working on demos or writing new posts, you might find me on a fire truck. I'm proud to serve my community as a Volunteer Firefighter.