Spanish voice over as a whole, comes in many different, shapes, color & of course, languages. Being a bilingual voice over artist is no exception. As you may know, this type of voiceover has its challenges. You must be fluent in the language for the listener to believe your performance. In other words, if you, a Spanish speaker, or any other ethnicity you may be, are not believable in giving a casual, conversational read, or even deliver a character read, then your audition is over before it has even begun.
In order to get better in your bilingual performance of speaking Spanish, there are many things that can be done. First, watch Spanish television on Netflix, or the popular news channel of Telemundo. Watch and listen intensively, for about an hour or more daily. Second, touch up on your Spanish by speaking the language to your friends and/or family members. If there’s a bodega near you, strike a conversation with the owner in Spanish, or anywhere else where Spanish speakers are everywhere. You can also listen to a Spanish podcast, or even listen to tons of Hispanic music to get you into the groove. Just as you train your body and your voice to be the best you can be, you can train your mind to exceed itself as well.
Overall, as a Dominican Descent, Spanish voice over will forever be a part of me as I am a child of my family’s culture and heritage. I take that with great pride and dignity in my life. So no matter what language you speak, harness it, use it as a tool in your arsenal, and give your clients what they want and need. As my grandmother always say, “siempre conéctate con tus raíces” which means, “always connect to your roots.”