with Lau Lapides
Long before you lay eyes on your next script, you should be thinking about how your improv skills can help you stand out. Anne & Lau share their practical advice for integrating improv into your voice over work + act out some improved scenes for the Bosses! Improv is about being in the moment and responding to what is happening around you. Rehearsed speech sounds unnatural and stilted because it doesn’t reflect the way people actually speak. If a script is written the way you’d like it to be written, great! But if it isn’t written that way, then it is still your responsibility to make it believable. Improv requires imagination & creativity, which are both important elements of succeeding as a voice actor. Bosses, your voices are vehicles for storytelling, emotion, and world building.
Anne & Lau explain how practicing improv makes scripted roles pop off the page + your lovely hosts do some improv for the Bosses!
"You can’t be lazy and do improv well." - Lau
Lau Lapides is Founder & President of Lau Lapides Company, a boutique coaching, training & production company for voice talent and actors. It has its headquarters in Boston with satellites in NYC, Miami and LA. Programs include hybrid online & in-person workshops, seminars, one-to-one personalized coaching, + showcases in NYC/LA and online. Lau’s media and broadcasting career coaches all work in television, film, radio and theatre. Their voices can be heard around the world.
Top 10 Takeaways
Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:
You have to use your imagination to put yourself in the scene every time you read.
Know your emotional “moment” before the script begins.
Even if a script isn’t written the way you’d like, it is your job to make it believable.
Improv connects you to the scene and with others in it.
The improv happens throughout the script, not just before it begins.
You need energy, focus, and speed to excel in improv.
When in doubt, ask yourself “what if?”
Connect your lived experience to improv situations & scripts.
Place your improv scenes in places that are logical to each specific brand, product, and target demographic.
Don’t be afraid of making informed & researched creative decisions.
"Put yourself in every scene." - Anne
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