When I record voiceover projects, I get the privilege of working with a lot of cool, creative, and amazing people! While I simply, take care of the voice recording, there are people in every stage of the process writing the script, creating the storyboard, casting and shooting (or graphic design with animation), and so on. Everyone has their own role in the process – some overlap and some are completely separate. Some do it all! But I always find that when we work together and are able to share ideas and opinions, we create something really special.
Here are some ways to grow voiceover collaboration between creative team members so you can develop awesome(r) projects:
Keep Open Lines of Communication
When you're trying to collaborate as a team, communicating is the most important thing. People are more likely to want to work together if their voices are heard and appreciated. As the voice talent, I need to be able to tell the other members of the team if something just isn't working or if I have a creative idea I think might add to the production. At the same time, I know that I need to be open to what the other members of the team have to tell me. I have to respect that they put a lot of time and effort into every part of the project, and that it's not just about me. It's about creating their project and helping it come to life. As a voice actor, I'm a small piece of that pie, however I work hard to respect everyones' creative spaces.
Appreciate Each Person's Creative Talent and Unique Perspective
Each member of the team is bringing his/her own professional expertise and personal perspective to the table, so it's great when we can appreciate what each person has to offer. Since voice work is my specialty, I might think about how the script will sound in a practical way that the writer and director couldn't imagine. So even though the script writer is creating the script, she might benefit from my expertise or from getting a better idea of how I'll read the script. It might sound differently in her head than how it sounds when I read it, or I might speak at a different speed than she would, so collaboration can help us get it right. At the same time, I always appreciate that the writer thought hard about the script and had a reason for every word.
I’ve also found that I’ve been able to bring my own creativity and ideas to a project, which is great. Sometimes, I can add something to the whole production because of where I'm coming from. Just as one example, I have improvised some lines on occasion. I figure the team can always take my lines out if they don't like them, but sometimes they leave them in and appreciate the personality I add to the video. By doing this, I've even made myself more memorable to the team. Then they come back to me the next time since they figure I can give them something more than another voice talent. More importantly, that team was cool and created an environment where a little improv was accepted!
Make Sure You're on the Same Page
Another part of collaboration is that all of the members of the team have to be on the same page. So maybe we all have separate roles and different expertise to bring to the table, but at the end of the day, we need to be working toward the same goals. To begin with, we need to have clear direction from the top so everyone knows their own role and how it fits with everyone else's. Otherwise, we can end up with the director having a four-minute video in mind, while the script writer creates a two-minute one. That's not going to work.
We also need to work together during the process. As the voice guy, I think about how part of the storyboard will sound, while the person shooting or animating it is thinking about how it will look. Through collaboration, we can make sure we’re on the same page. Overall, the team works together to make sure their separate talents are all going toward the same end result.
Are you ready to collaborate? Not sure where to start? Drop me a line and let's get going! I can even recommend my stellar clients that produce fantastic content. Let's do it!
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