CABV #008 Professional Voice Overs with Heather Costa

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If you’ve ever recorded your voice and played it back, the first thing you probably thought was, “That’s not how I sound.”

I was around  seven when I heard my voice for the first time. Even at that young age, I remember disliking how I sounded. But after working in the news and hearing my voice over the years, I’m used to it.

The truth is, that’s how your voice sounds to everyone except you. It’s just the way it is.

What’s more important to remember is that your voice is a tool or instrument that can inspire, educate, inform, and even earn you a living.

Voice Over Artist Heather Costa

Voice Over Artist Heather Costa

That’s why I reached out to voice over artist Heather Costa. Costa is a voice actor who makes a living narrating commercials, explainer videos, and anything else that her clients need.

She works with some of the biggest brands from the comfort of her home, and she is nothing but professional.

So, if you’re interested in learning how to narrate like a pro, then you’ll find this Cook a Better Video episode very enlightening.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Tips to help you  get started in voice over
  • How she prepares for reads
  • Voice over dos and don’ts
  • How to find a microphone that’s right for you
  • How to make a demo reel, and more!

Production gear mentioned in this interview:
Amani’s Gear:
Electro-Voice RE 20 ($440) My professional broadcast mic
Apogee Duet ($595) Audio interface
Audio-Technica AT2005 USB ($60). An affordable USB/XLR mic (used it for this interview)

Heather Costa’s Gear:
Senheiser 416 ($999) A professional hypercardioid broadcast/film mic
MBox 2  audio interface ($289) – Audio interface
ProTools – Professional audio editing software

She suggests that you get a voice coach if you’re serious about working as a voice over artist. I may need to do that.

About Amani Channel

Amani Channel is a former news reporter, a vlogger, an award winning video producer, and an adjunct professor. He also helps organizations and companies create visual stories through VisualEyeMedia.

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