Character Voiceover Tips: Ad-Libbing

Ad Lib in Character

Ad-lib Character voiceovers

So part of being able to have a character voiceover sound genuine is to ensure it sounds natural, when someone is “putting on” a character voice you can hear it a mile away and it immediately breaks the illusion and the character is no longer believable because you can “hear past” the character.

It’s important to remember that when you’re creating character voices, you’re actually creating characters which you can then modify and tweak to fit the story and character you might be auditioning for.

One way to make your characters sound more natural is to ad-lib in the character voice, by doing this and not working from a script you are forced to think as the character and the speech should immediately become more natural. Give your characters a back story if you find that helps, give them a history and some life story! If you then find you can’t sustain the voice or that you don’t know what to say then you know you need to work on the voice and character more. Any voice you have should be the end point, not the beginning point of creating a character.

Check out the video below to see this is action!

3 Comments

  1. Marc B. Schwartz on June 2, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Well, well, Mr. Britton — if that IS your REAL name! Seems quite convenient, wouldn’t you say to be Jay Britton from Great Britain? Hmmmm?! … 😉 er … yes … ahem … Well done, good fellow, I say, well done indeed! We characters need a bit more development in order to be … well … believable, so … Thank You, yes, Thank you, and you, and of course you … uh … not you in the back … but the rest of you, yes, thanks to you all, except for the one of you in the back with wearing the I’m with Stupid T-shirt standing all by yourself … yes, you sir … Sod off! 😉 … Okay, to get right down to it, you are a master at your craft sir, and I’m glad to have watched you grow so much in such a short period of time. Hoping one day we can do some voice work together. Would love to feed off your energy … yes, the sweet nectar of such young, fresh, “de-lissssh-us” tal..enT-ta! 😛 … Keep up the awesome work Jay! (y)

  2. Hugh Edwards on June 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Nice! I especially love your video titling. Good work! 🙂

  3. Sutton Turner on July 27, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I love the way you said that one way to make your voiceover characters sound more natural is to ad-lib in the character voice. I am thinking of becoming a voiceover actor for movies. Thanks for the tips on getting in character for voiceover.

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