Weiliang has kindly agreed to share with us his experience as a Chinese VO artist; he mentions the importance of taking care of your most important tool as a VO artist: your voice!
He also tells us about one aspect of the job he particularly enjoys which is doing Chinese voice overs for video games. We also get the chance to hear a few tips for those wanting to work with him, or any VO artists in general.
– How would you describe your daily life as a voice over artist?
A VO artist usually has a rather packed life. It comes naturally to us. You should realise that you are using your voice to work every day, you are using your voice to convey messages, and you will be heard by many. So you should protect your vocal health on a daily basis, and do exercises for breath control. When it becomes a habit, it just comes naturally to you. And it becomes part of your daily routine.
– What has been your most exciting project so far? What do you love the most about your job as a voice over artist?
In my career as a VO artist, I have completed many interesting projects. One of them, is doing voice over for video games. It’s not easy. Video games attract audiences with beautiful images. Meanwhile, characters’ voices and sound effects play an important role. So even for a very short sentence, the VO artist has to read it many times. Sometimes, it takes an hour to finish one sentence and make the director feel satisfied. When the video game gets released publicly, thousands of people will play it. You know that they will hear your voice. That makes me feel proud and satisfied. This is also something that interests me most about this job. In other words, your voice is going to be heard by thousands of people. And the message you convey would be very interesting or important to them. In my view, VO artists, or to say, the job is of great importance.
– What tips would you give a client who is working with you for the first time in order for the sessions to run smoothly?
Well, in terms of our clients, for example, when assigning the project, they will provide us with a script. To be honest, the wording sometimes can be very formal. This kind of script is not very suitable for voice over. So if you ask me for any suggestions I can give to the client, I’d say that when drafting the scripts, please pay attention to the wording, and maybe use colloquial and everyday language. Also, try to keep the sentences short and concise so better results can be achieved.
FUN FACT! Clarence Nash, the original voice of Donald Duck, also dubbed the character in different languages by phonetically reciting the lines, even though he was not able to speak most of them. He wanted to preserve Donald’s voice uniqueness by doing that.
Enjoyed this blog? Check out our previous blog on one of our Spanish VO artist’s Q&A HERE.
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