With the wide availability and marketability of e-books, training videos, and other educational materials, e-learning voiceovers have also become in demand. In fact, this niche has opened a lot of doors to new voice actors in recent years.
Nonetheless, this kind of narration requires skills other than just exceptional voice acting. If you want to make yourself more attractive to e-learning voiceover projects, the following skills can prove helpful.
Skill #1: Lending character to your voice.
At the heart of any e-learning voiceover project is instruction. Over time, however, communicating loads of information to your audience can run the risk of sounding too instructive and formal. A good way to balance this is to lend a certain style to your voice, according to the requirements of the narration script.
Skill #2: Specialize, but be open to try something new.
Many voice actors would choose to work on materials that are already familiar to them, whether it’s in medicine, law, or the corporate industry. Preferring to narrate e-learning materials where one is already an expert on is a valuable way to establish focus and specialization. However, limiting yourself to a few specific fortes can keep you from trying out other opportunities. To expand your range in the e-learning voice acting field and develop other voice styles, you must also be willing to experiment.
Skill #3: Pacing and pausing for emphasis.
Any new knowledge or information acquired in a learning environment should be absorbed and digested by the student-listener. When topic after topic is narrated without pause, this can pose both learning problems and listening hurdles. A useful way to ensure that your listeners will digest all the important parts in the narration is for you to practice the right pacing. You should also pause right after stating a keyword or key phrases to emphasize their importance.
Skill #4: Learning from the e-learning voiceover experts.
Finally, it is best to recognize that e-learning voice acting is a distinct skill that anyone can hone and develop. It usually follows a specific industry standard that is unique on its own. This is why getting professional training can prove to be a lucrative investment in the long run. Here you can learn how to employ a certain style of delivery or how to manage long scripts that require hours of recording, among others.
Since this kind of voiceover niche is meant to educate and facilitate learning through the use of technology, content and delivery should work in tandem with each other. With the right skills set, however, any newbie can develop confidence in terms of recording e-learning voiceover materials for online access.