How to Prepare a Script for Voice Over Talent

If you have ever thought about starting your own at-home video production company, now is the best time to do it. For the last decade, the industry has been in a state of meteoric growth and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Whether it’s for your YouTube channel, blog, or website, you want to create good content that will attract viewers.

A simple tactic for producing killer videos is to have the right kind of voice over. You want to find an amazing off-screen voice that enhances the viewer’s experience. However, this first step to this process is writing a script—this is what the voice over talent will use to demonstrate their skill. Thankfully, there are a few tricks on how to prepare a script for voice over.

Write How You Speak

Professional, stale writing may lead a voice over actor to misinterpret the tone you’re going for. The best way to make sure the direction is clear is to write the script as if you were speaking to a friend. Writing for the ear results in scripts that are more natural and relaxed sounding. Plus, this style is typically easier for the audience to connect to.

Read What You’ve Written

A chef wouldn’t serve food without tasting it first. The same goes for a script. Before you begin working with the voice over actor, read your script out loud to yourself. If it doesn’t sound good said out loud, then you’ll know it requires re-writes. If you are having trouble voicing your own words, chances are the talent will too.

Punctuation Is Vital

Improper punctuation, or no punctuation at all, will impact the flow of the script. Since the talent was not writing the script with you, they’ll have no idea how you think it should sound. As such, excessive use of exclamation points in a script that is supposed to be serious will lead to the wrong result, likely frustrating you and the talent. On the same hand, commas are crucial so the talent knows where to pause while reading. However, if you add them where they’re not necessary, this will probably confuse the talent. For example, “most of the time travelers, mark their luggage” is different than “most of the time, travelers mark their luggage.” The comma placement changed time travelers turned into travelers. Therefore, a good script will have the proper punctuation needed to avoid such problems.

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01 Oct 2019

By Henry Johnson