14Character Copy

A good actor can do a thousand voices because he finds a place in his body for his voice and centers his performance from that place.

Charles Nelson Reilly

Vocalizing Characters

Many character and animation voices are an exaggeration of specific vocal characteristics or attitudes, which enable the performer to create an appropriate vocal sound for the character. A forced voice is rarely the most effective, is difficult to sustain, and can actually cause physical damage to your vocal cords. The most effective character voices are those that slightly exaggerate the attitudes and emotions of the character you are portraying, or that take a small quirk or idiosyncrasy and blow it out of proportion.

Over the past few years, the ...

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