Tips On Choosing The Right Voice Talent For A Documentary

Documentaries are one way to relay important information or discuss important matters and have the audience relate to what the documentary is discussing. Given its significance, everything about the documentary should be flawless – including the voice over that will be narrating the whole thing.

This is why it is important to get the right talent to do the voice over for documentary projects you have. If you are currently looking for qualified voice talent to do the voice over, here are some scouting tips that you can follow:

  • Set a casting call

The first thing that you need to do set a casting call. A casting call would be the easier way to look for a voice talent than scouting it yourself. This way, it would be the talents that would be knocking on your door and not the other way around. But before you sent out notices to talent agencies, be sure to set down your criteria. Having a criteria would help narrow down choice on the initial audition. You can eliminate talents that are not qualified based on the criteria on the onset. Be clear with the criteria and give some details about the project. Be sure to get the word out about the audition and casting call so you will have lots of talents to choose from. As they say, “The more, the merrier.”


  • Do a short interview

The voice of the talent is important. But more than that, they should be able to understand the piece that they will read and narrate. Understanding the piece would allow the talent to give proper and right emotion to the script. If their understanding of the script is aligned to your objective and message of the documentary, then they can be a viable candidate for the project.


  • Review the audition piece of each

Once you are done with the short interviews, you can now start reviewing the audition piece. This maybe is exciting part but also the hardest. You need to stick with your criteria and check whether these talents met the requirements. You need to have a couple of opinion here to solidify the choices.


  • Narrow down to at least three

Once you heard all the audition piece, you can now start with narrowing it down to at least three candidates to do the voice over. Three is a good number. Too many choices will give you a hard time on choosing the right candidate.


  • Make a final audition

With three candidates competing for the post, you need to make a final audition. You may need to set a new criterion or edit the existing ones you have to determine who will pass the rigorous process.

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