Singing and VO

with Pilar Uribe

Have you ever tried singing your audition copy? Anne & Pilar do! This week, your hosts will teach you how to let go in the booth and approach scripts using a musical edge. All copy has a distinct flow and requires proper pacing, a distinct rhythm, and hints of uniqueness that keep listeners interested. Get ready to listen, sing, and most importantly, break down copy like a #VOBOSS!


In this episode, Anne & Pilar explain how to add musicality to reads by letting go, leaning into the range of your voice, + singing!

"Don't censor yourself. Singing off-key doesn't matter. You're in your booth! You're in a safe place." - Pilar

About Pilar Uribe

Pilar Uribe is a bilingual voice actor, telenovela star, and radio personality. Born and raised in New York City, she broke into show business with roles in Yo Soy Betty La Fea (Ugly Betty), Pobre Pablo, and El Cartel, filmed in Colombia and Miami. She recorded and produced for WLRN Miami-South Florida and now lives in Los Angeles, where she records voice over for television, radio, and films.



Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

  1. All VO copy requires musicality to flow through beats + rhythm properly. #VOBOSS

  2. Proper pacing + rhythm is what makes conversational reads believable. #VOBOSS

  3. Listening to natural speech + breaking down the melody, emphasis, and tone will give you a structure for VO conversational reads.

  4. The most important parts of a script needs emphasis, like the chorus of a song. #VOBOSS

  5. Musicality gives a read exciting variation, and keeps listeners interested. #VOBOSS

  6. Exploring your voice’s tones + pitches adds range to your vocal footprint. #VOBOSS

  7. Casting directors are looking for something unexpected, imperfect, and attention-grabbing. #VOBOSS

  8. Listen + practice a read to music that fits the emotion of the piece. #VOBOSS

  9. Rehearse the script, map out the beats, and then read for the audition like you’re seeing the copy for the first time. #VOBOSS

  10. If you're on a roll in the booth, don't stop yourself. Follow through on new ideas, even if you don’t know where it's going. #VOBOSS


"The rhythm + pacing is what makes a conversational read believable. " - Anne

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You don't have to be perfect.

Does this scene sound familiar? You've spent countless hours in the booth auditioning, voicing take after take after take, all the while second-guessing and questioning yourself. Should I be brighter? Smile more? Sound more compassionate? Wait - the casting specs called for confident, yet quirky. Do you even know what take you are listening to anymore?