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Voice Overs for Documentaries

Captivate your audience with impactful storytelling

Why Voice Crafters for your Documentary?

Pre-screened, professional talent

We pre-screen our voice actors and offer you the best of the best! No more sifting through hundreds of amateur demos. You’ll easily find and hire professional narrators for your Documentary.

Fast turnaround time

We know that audio comes at the end of the video production process and that you have a tight deadline to meet! Be sure to let our talent know your schedule and they’ll do all they can to deliver in no time!

Voice overs in over 80 languages

Looking to localize your documentary and reach new markets? At Voice Crafters, you’ll find amazing voice artists in over 80 languages. Get quotes and auditions in any language you need and showcase your video anywhere in the world.

Broadcast-quality voice recordings

Our voice actors can self-produce pristine-sounding audio. Want to direct a talent in real-time? Just schedule a time that works for you and connect via Source Connect, Zoom, or Skype to ensure you get it right the first time!

Excellent customer support

Your success is our success, so we want to make your experience with us is as smooth and stress-free as possible, one project at a time. Contact us for support and we’ll do all that we can to make you a happy camper.

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When people think of voice overs for documentaries there are certain voices of well-known narrators that spring to mind.

The deep resonate tones of Morgan Freeman on March of the Penguins or Life On Our Planet.

The rich, purposeful voice of Whoopi Goldberg narrating Unchained Memories, and, of course, the unmistakable strong but soothing sound of David Attenborough on every nature show he’s ever recorded.

But what is it that makes these voices stand out among the many narrator voice actors working in the business today?

What special something do they share?

If you’re looking to hire a great voice talent for your own documentary film, podcast, or audiobook, you’ll need to know.

The Skills of Great Documentary Voice Artists

Some voice actors may think this kind of narration is simply reciting a script and rolling it out in a manner that’s most often somber-toned and serious.

But it’s so much more than that.

Great documentary voice artists infuse their words with a warmth and wisdom that engages the listener from the get-go.

Along with that, their voice inspires their audience to believe what they’re hearing the narrator is actually experiencing.

 It’s a kind of voice acting that takes very specific skills.

So, before you select your voiceover talent, take the time to ensure that they check all the boxes and therefore have the art as well as the ability to lift your documentary project to Attenborough-esque heights. 

No Reflexive/Vegetative Sounds

Whether a full-length film, radio program, or audiobook, documentaries can be lengthy.

Therefore, the narrator’s voice has to appeal to the audience tuning in to listen from start to finish.

Certain vegetative sounds, which are non-speech sounds and, in adults, can include sniffing, throat-clearing, or loud swallowing, can be hugely distracting.

In everyday life, we might not even be aware we’re making these noises.

But the best documentary narrators know that the subtle sound of lip-smacking or a heavy breathing habit can be like nails down a blackboard to listeners who pick up on them.

They’ve trained their voices to be easy on the ear, ensuring sentences are not punctuated by weird hums and hisses.

How it works?

Learn more

Step 1
Get Free Proposals
Post your project or choose voice actors to audition and send you proposals.
Step 2
Hire Talent
Hire the voice talent of your choice and fund the project.
Step 3
Review and Release Payment
Approve the recording and release your payment to the talent when happy.
Find Voice Actors or Post a Project

The Art of Storytelling

The art of documentary narration is the art of storytelling.

But to tell a good story using your voice alone, sometimes over the space of an hour or more, involves bringing several skills together:

Clear articulation

Clear articulation is a must.

Top-rated voice actors enunciate their words precisely, ensuring that listeners never have to second-guess what’s being said at any given moment.

This allows the audience to easily follow the unfurling information, making their listening—and viewing, if applicable—experience all the more enjoyable.

Good pacing

A good story needs proper pacing.

Documentary narration is generally slower than some other voice over genres.

But regardless of the information being presented, it will still demand an appropriately matching pace.

A great documentary VO artist will know how to maintain a good narrative flow by adapting the pace to the information being revealed.

They may speed up slightly to build excitement or slow down to emphasize key points.

Either way, they balance the pacing throughout to ensure a smooth transition between different parts of the documentary.

Just listen to the trailer for March of the Penguins below as an example of superb pacing.

Accurate interpretation

Of course, proper pacing is best delivered when the voice actor truly understands the information they’re reading.

This doesn’t just mean understanding various unfamiliar words (though that too!). It also involves getting to grips with the subject matter at hand, and the context and nuances within the script.

When voice actors accurately convey the content they’re reading, they communicate it in a way that resonates so much deeper with the audience.

Whether it’s a historical event, a natural occurrence, or a personal story, when listeners sense that the narrator genuinely understands the information they’re sharing, it sparks trust.

This, in turn, prompts them to engage more deeply with the story and also adds credibility to the documentary itself.

Conveying Emotions

Because a good story evokes emotions, great documentaries do so too (C’mon! Let’s admit we all cried at least once during March of the Penguins!)

You may think you’re feeling all the feels because of the visuals on the screen or simply because of the information you’re receiving through the script.

But a professional voice talent has the sensibility to gauge the emotional tone of a script.

And because they can deliver the lines with empathy and sincerity, they unconsciously encourage you to connect emotionally too.

Of course, it’s not all about inspiring tears and tantrums.

Great voice actors working on documentaries know when to bring in humor and lightness, even when dealing with heavy or heartbreaking subject matter.

This is the power of a great voice over for documentaries.

It seamlessly adapts the tone, pace, and delivery to support the script’s emotional shifts.

And in doing so, it sweeps the audience off on a wondrous journey that enables them to really feel—and understand—the significance of what’s happening in a given scene.

Hire the Perfect Voice Actor for Documentaries with Voice Crafters

If all of this sounds like a lot, don’t worry!

At Voice Crafters we’re proud that our pro voice over artists for documentaries are highly skilled in this field.

We only work with experienced voice actors.

All of our artists are pre-screened, which means that they go through a strict selection process to ensure they possess the skills necessary for professional documentary production.

Furthermore, we offer studio-quality voice overs in over 80 languages.

This gives you the unique opportunity to ensure your documentary can be enjoyed by different audiences across the globe.

So, what are you waiting for?

We can help you today with your specific requirements.

Feel free to contact us with any queries you have or dive straight in and check out the extensive pool of professional voice talent at Voice Crafters for yourself.

Our simple three-step process makes it easy to find the perfect voice artists for your documentary project.


Anat Kutner, Sunday Sky

Sunday Sky have been working with Voice Crafters since 2010. During all these years we have been getting the best service you can expect from a vendor. Our voice over requirements are more challenging than the average client, and voice crafters always rises to the occasion, in a professional, pleasant, organized manner. And you get all of this for a very fair price!

Andreas Seidler, MT.Recordings

We’ve been working with Voice Crafters since 2012 on various IVR, commercial and corporate projects. They have a huge database with excellent voice artists, are very professional and at fair rates. We are happy to know them and look forward to the next 5 years!

Audelia Boker, NICE

My team works with Voice Crafters on an on-going basis and it’s always a no-brainer experience! Professional. Fast. Flexible. Creative. Customer Centric. Good Value for money. What more can one ask for?!

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