Master Your Voice Projection: Tips for Better Acting
It’s hard to be taken seriously as an actress when the people in the back row can’t hear you. The good news is that with a few simple tips, you can learn how to project your voice and make sure it is heard where it matters most. In this post, we’ll explore some of the best ways to achieve voice projection so that you can give your acting career the boost it deserves!
Do you want to be a better actor? Are you looking for tips on how to project your voice more effectively? If so, you’re in luck. We’ll discuss some tips on how to improve your voice projection. By following these tips, you’ll be able to impress your friends, family, and audiences with your powerful and commanding voice. Let’s get started!
How to project your voice when acting on stage
Projecting your voice is key when it comes to public speaking or acting. You want people to hear what you are saying and feel the emotion behind it.
As actors, the sound of our voices has a pivotal role in reaching our audience. One can liken this to what an architect envisions for his creation, it’s through drawing, sculpting, or building that he can materialize his vision. It’s no different with us as actors; we first use our voice and other tools at hand (body movement/language) before the physical manifestation takes place. Therefore, I would like to mention some practical tips on projecting your voice better during an audition with this knowledge in mind.
Project your voice the right way
First off, know where you are going by imagining your onstage destination. Next, you must visualize how you want to be seen and heard once you get there. This will certainly help you prepare for your audition.
Think of projecting your voice as ‘shaping’ it. Visualize the tone you are trying to achieve before it materializes. Do not wait until you are on stage to try and figure this out, if possible, rehearse in front of a mirror beforehand so that you can practice shaping your sound. It will be helpful to know how far your mouth should be opened to project well, or what part of the mouth creates which sounds, etc. Observe other actors giving speeches or presenting themselves proficiently and adapt their techniques into your vocabulary.
Practice projecting so that everyone around can hear you at least 10 feet away (the size of an average living room). Remember not to shout but to speak in a clear, moderate tone. Take care of your vocal cords and avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively before your audition.
Finally, use your whole body to project. Gesture expressively with your hands and arms to help punctuate your words. Use movement to support the story you are telling, and make sure that your facial expressions are genuine and consistent with the emotions you are trying to evoke.
By following these simple tips, I am confident that you will be better equipped to project your voice during an audition, thus making a great first impression!