Pregnant pause. Dramatic pause. Whatever you call it a pause is never just a pause, is it? It’s never just a bit of silence when nobody’s speaking.
When narrating a voice over script, pauses are golden. They can even be edited-in afterwards; but finding the right place for them within the narration is where the magic really happens.
Need to let that information sink in? Pause.
Need authority? Pause.
Need to draw in your listener? Pause.
Need to seem caring and compassionate? Pause.
This may sound simple or obvious, but the novice voiceover artist or speaker can easily skip this consideration in their haste to ‘get through the read’. It can also be a particular (acting) challenge to maintain the energy of a read – and the interest of the listener - whilst also finding and honouring the pauses, the gaps…
Pausing is not a popular pastime in our modern world. We’re not set up for it. Busyness and ‘doing’ is valued above all else.
'Being', just well, being–with no agenda and no list - is not the obvious way to frame a response to So what did you get up to at the weekend?
-Well, I stared into space, picked some fluff off my jumper, pottered around the garden and dozed with the cat.
-What?! You under-achiever-you, go get a life, get a hobby!
Simplicity is seriously under-rated. We see it as non-constructive, literally a waste of time.
Perhaps we're a bit scared of it, and of its close relation - Silence.
We mostly want to fill it, don't we?
But the absence of words/sound doesn't mean the absence of meaning. Quite the opposite. Every pause holds the truth and an opportunity for understanding. Try it. Relish it.
In the words of Rumi..... 'Listen to silence. It has so much to say.'
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