What is the Best Kind of Voice Over Reel?
How do you know what that is? What does it sound like? What kinds of spots go on it? And how many? What type of reel should I do? How much should I pay for it? How long should it be? Can I create one myself? Who do I give it to?
Don’t worry. I will answer all of the above questions for you in this blog. And a few others, too.
There are a few factors that go into creating what we at Abacus Entertainment think is the best kind of voice over reel. First of all – you have to be in a place where you feel ready to record one. That means having some experience in front of a microphone and working on voice over copy. No one can just blindly go into a recording booth and record a voice over reel with no experience. You need to be prepared and know what is expected of you. Getting some voice over instruction first is always the best. And in that instruction the voice over coach should be prepping you to record the reel. Also – if you are just working in a room with a microphone – that’s not enough. It doesn’t completely prepare you for the experience of recording in a booth. You need recording booth training as well before you do your voice over reel. It’s a completely different experience being in the booth and you need to be ready for it. After you’ve gotten the training– it will come through in your reads. You will sound confident, relaxed and energized. What you will need next is the production quality to match your reads.
Your reel should sound like you know what you’re doing. And you need good production to counter that. There shouldn’t be anything tentative or half baked about either the reads or the production. Too often one or the other or both suffer in their category. You don’t want to hear your voice pushed way up in the mix with the music buried underneath. Good production on a reel means the voice matches the music and sound effects which then creates something that sounds genuinely like a commercial. Your reads being strong isn’t enough. The production has to match it. And vice versa. If the production is strong but your reads are tentative – that’s no good either.