Do you ever have one of those days where certain words trip you up during an audition? As Voice Over artists, this can happen every once in a while, and if you’re not careful, this can cause you to have a bad audition. But don’t worry. Stop for a second. Take a deep breath. Because today we’ll discuss how to solve that problem.
Let’s say your problem word of the day is “revolutionary.” Usually this word would simply roll off your tongue, but for some reason, today is not that day. So what do you do? Whatever you do, don’t panic. Just take a pause, take a deep breath, and pick up that line that you flubbed. If you find yourself tripping up again, don’t despair.
Here’s what you do:
Take another deep breath and break down the word into syllables, and say each syllable out loud in random order “vo-lu-re-tion-ry-a”, “re-lu-vo-a-ry-tion”, you get the idea. Then try saying the word in correct order three times, slowly. After saying it correctly, now repeat the word three times in a row at a normal pace. Then, take a deep breath, and pick up that line. You should be able to roll the word “revolutionary” off your tongue without a hitch.
Have you encountered this issue at an audition? What did you do to get over your stumble? Try this technique at your next Voice Over audition or gig, and please share your stories in our comments section. We look forward to hearing from you!
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