Do What The Professionals Do… [a How To, and WHY]
Professional broadcasters (radio announcers, voice actors, etc.) read material from different sources such as news stories, scripts, public service announcements, and commercials printed on sheets of paper.
These sheets of 'copy' are usually placed within view in close proximity to a sensitive microphone.
Any irrelevant sounds/noise(s) generated inside the studio are minimized and any production with background noise is considered unprofessional.
Early in a successful audio announcer's training is the technique to deal with sounds of handling paper:
- All pages are printed on one side only.
- Pages are stacked, loose, in reading order.
- No pages are attached to each other.
- Each page has a 'dog-eared' lower-right hand corner** so that it can be grasped individually.
In practice, the voice artist grasps the uppermost dog-eared corner and the top-most page is lightly (AND SILENTLY) slid from the pile onto a secondary 'read-it' pile to the side- facing upwards to avoid handling noise.
Pros NEVER flip a page.
Only amateurs and untrained public speakers turn pages.
** This technique has the added benefit of easily continuing on to the starting point of the new page as you finish reading the top page as you slide it away.
[mini 'reading direction' tutorial… English (& LTR reading language) readers start a page at the top left corner of the text block and continue reading to the bottom right. As the reader gets near the end of the top-most page, it is pulled slowly, and slightly downward and to the right, while reading, to reveal a few lines at the top corner of the next page. Now, when the end of the text is reached, the eye can quickly jump to the beginning of the next page—without a pause—as the previous page is put with the pile of pages already read.
Rinse and repeat until the end of the narrative.]