4 Secrets to Timing a Tight Voiceover Script

4 Secrets to Timing a Tight Voiceover Script

Often voiceover scripts are written too fast, requiring talent to read much quicker than they would prefer. But then there are pros who can read that fast script and make it sound not so fast. How do they do it?

  1. For really fast scripts, especially legalese, prime yourself by practicing aloud each phrase as fast as you can.
  2. Identify more easily understandable parts of the copy that can be read more quickly and still be readily understood to buy time for more salient parts of the script.
  3. Elide (combine) as many connecting sounds between words as necessary. An editor may be able to help you by combining parts of the script read separately.
  4. In lieu of using timing to create contrast in your read, use changes in intonation. This can help your audience comprehend what you’re saying even if you are reading very quickly.