Getting Familiar with Medical Voice Narration
Medical narration work can range from doctor tutorials and pharmaceutical promotional media to medical school training videos and beyond. But being a professional medical voice talent and delivering that critical information for physicians, patients, and others involved in the health care industry is certainly a challenge that not all voice talents can meet equally.
While you don’t need eight years of medical schooling to produce excellent medical voice overs, you do need to be able to pronounce the different terminology that often appears in medical scripts correctly and fluently. The right voice talent must understand the scripts they are reading to a degree, but most of all, they must sound like an authentic expert to their audience. With that in mind, here is what I’ve learned from hundreds of assignments that helped me with my medical narrations.
Research Your Upcoming Medical Voice-Over Script
Because medical voice-over work is so specialized, it requires you to do more homework, so you get off on the right foot. Start pronouncing complicated terminology that will appear on your medical voice over scripts on your own. Whether it means researching the topic further on WebMD or listening to how other pros pronounce tricky medical terminology on YouTube, top voice-over medical talent will need to learn exactly how to pronounce complicated language by practicing—pronouncing them over and over until they roll off the tongue.
You may even find that you become a semi-expert on your topics from the preparation that goes into your medical voice over narration. That’s great. This will allow you to identify and isolate difficult passages before your recording, or understand a subtle request from your client when they ask you to pronounce ‘erythroblastosis-neonatorum’ again.
Ask for Feedback on Your Medical Voice-Over from Your Client
At the end of the day, voice talents aren’t medical experts, so for especially technical and scientific voice overs, you should always ask your client for feedback. You want to ensure that the information is being delivered is accurate as well as delivered in the most engaging way possible. When you work with pharmaceutical or medical marketing material, it’s essential that everything is clear, especially given the regulatory scrutiny that the industry faces.
Of course, when it comes to medical narration there is no substitute for the valuable experience each project brings. For more medical voice over narration tips to make the most out of your next medical scripts, get in touch with Allison Smith today.