One of the things I love about being a professional voice talent is working with all the creative teams. There are some really inspiring people that produce fantastic content out there. When I go into a session, I like to hear about how they developed the project, what went into it, and ask about their client. It gives me a good perspective into their creative minds.
Being a voice talent, gives you a unique perspective into a project. You're a fresh set of eyes and ears and it might come in handy to get the perfect read! Remember that you are part of a team. There were many steps to get to you, and a lot of work has gone into the project. Be collaborative when you're in the booth. The producer, copy editor, director, or client will appreciate it and maybe remember you for next time ;)
The biggest skill as a voice actor needs is to be flexible! Maybe your read doesn't sound like your audition, but if they love it then who cares! Practice empathy, be adaptable, and enjoy the ride.
I recently did a project where I got to be an "Elf." The script was so much fun and embodying the character of a "man-child" was awesome! I was directed over my phone patch and although we mostly stuck to the script, I improvised a few lines that actually ended up in the final. The client really appreciated it and made the entire process enjoyable for everyone. It was a great time, and staying as a collaborative voice talent was the key to a great session!
(PS - I'm also the disclaimer voice in the beginning)
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