Audio: The Power of Relaxing A Read

by Kevin Delaney

Here’s a clip from my recent Voices With Character online class, in which Andy Barnett demonstrates how relaxing a character performance slightly can result in a more believable & compelling read:

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Andy is performing audition copy from a video game. (His lines are taken from the game’s “cutscenes,” — story segments which come in between gameplay.)

I notice that with these types of reads, there is often a tendency with actors to somewhat overdo the character, and “push” the lines a little more than necessary.

While you want your read to have energy, I find that easing up on the performance and not working it so much, can have an overall positive impact.

I generally advise approaching these types of scenes as if they were part of a live-action movie. Let the dialogue happen naturally, rather than trying to make it happen.

In his second take, Andy stepped up the pace a bit, which helps to make it sound more conversational and real.

My next online Voices With Character class starts on Tuesday, February 19! You can still get in on it. For full info & to register, visit

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

David Van Sise November 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Excellent stuff Kevin! What I would give to get into Videos Games and/Cartoon-animated characters!! You have the razor’s edge on how to do it! You sir are a Treasure chest full of V.O. wealth! May you always have the Best in your Career! I never stop learning!

Randy Price November 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

It’s fun to hear that kind of improvement with just a sugestion or two. The second time around the actor owned the script.

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