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You Can’t Leave Too Much Space in Voiceover

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Image for Blog Post Inidicating that it's Ok to Leave Space

In today's fast-paced world, where every second counts and attention spans are fleeting, it's easy to succumb to the pressure of speeding through scripts at breakneck pace. The typical voiceover has evolved to match this frenetic energy, with speakers delivering lines at a rapid clip, barely pausing for breath. But in the midst of this whirlwind, there's a golden rule that often gets overlooked: you can't leave too much space.

In my years in the voiceover industry, I've come to firmly believe in the power of the pause. Don't be afraid to linger at the commas and come to a full stop at the periods. Each moment of silence is an opportunity to let the words sink in, to build anticipation, to create drama and impact. It's a chance to let the message resonate with your audience, to give them a moment to absorb and reflect on what's been said.

Sure, there's a temptation to rush through the script, to barrel ahead without a moment's hesitation. But by doing so, you risk bulldozing over the nuances of the text, missing out on the subtle rhythms and cadences that make language come alive. And once those moments are lost, they're gone forever.

The beauty of the digital age is that it's easier than ever to adjust pacing and timing with the click of a button. If you find that you've left too much space, it's a simple matter to trim it down in post-production. But if you plow through the script without giving it room to breathe, you may find yourself regretting your haste later on.

So the next time you step up to the mic, remember: you can't leave too much space. Embrace the power of the pause, and let your words speak volumes. Your audience will thank you for it.

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