There’s really no need to make this one long. You can choose to accept this or not, however, I strongly recommend that you do. Why do I consider this the best voice over tip for people getting started in this field? Simply because I’ve heard more producers and agents say how sick they are of “beginner” voice talents doing this. In fact, I’ve heard a couple of them say that the instant this one line comes out of the voice talents mouth, they won’t listen to another word. Thankfully, I only said it to a friend of mine who’s a voice talent. He let me know (in less than pleasant terminology) that I should never say the line to ANY producer if I want a fair shot at them considering me for work. Have I convinced you yet? So what’s the dreaded line? “Everybody says I’ve got a great voice.” So far, I don’t believe there’s a voice talent that’s living that can deliver that line in an attractive way.
So why is it such a problem?
How many people have you heard on American Idol say, “My friends tell me I sing great” and when you hear them, you realize that either their friends are extremely nice or they’re trying to listen with something other than their ears. The reality is, whether it be judges on a reality TV singing show or a producer for a big production company, they know what they’re looking for. It’s nice to go in with confidence, but don’t go in telling the producer that your friends, who are as far from being talent agents as they can get, that you are talented. Heck, I’ve been told by producers, directors, agents and national voice talents that I have an incredible voice, but when I talk to the next agent or producer, you will never hear me say that. The reason? I may not be the kind of voice they’re looking for. A producer may unanimously pick my voice out of hundreds for one job but not pick me out of two for another job. All I can do is what I would recommend anybody to do…go in with the confidence that says you’re going to do your best and if they hire you, you’re going to deliver five star service!