How can you direct a child as young as five (with little or no reading skills) to
deliver a fun and natural voice over?

First things first. Children under the age of seven do not prosper in a strange studio environment surrounded by people they don’t know. Why subject them to a tube train after school?
Be ready to work remotely with very young voices. If you or your director are planning a session in person with the child then take a moment to reconsider your options and set up a session
at a home studio or at the very least a studio local to the child rather than to your office.

Sessions with very young children are entirely driven by Mums “feeding” the lines to
their children whilst sitting next to them in the voice over booth. The child
looks at Mum and repeats the line in the style she gives him. The producer directs
the mum and the idea of takes is replaced instead with the mic being left open so
that spontaneous and charming takes that happen unexpectedly can be caught and used.

Best of all, because the kids are working from home, the session is free from nerves and
stress. It’s just Mum (or Dad) playing a fun repeat game. It’s also a doddle to split the work across two or more sessions and easily work in script changes or pick ups.

Have a listen to some of our very youngest kids and see how this technique could save you time, stress, money and headaches whilst producing lovely results. It will also make you very popular with us and our mums and dads!