An injured voice is probably one of the most straightforward voices to pull off because we have all been injured at one point in our lives. What you should pay attention to is the severity of the injury because this
determines how the voice will come out. An injured voice should make your audience uncomfortable and empathetic because humans naturally relate to each other’s pain. Also note that injury can be physical, psychological, or emotional. I bet you’ve heard of a bruised ego.
An injured voice depicts physical injuries in most circumstances. This is the most prevalent because it is the easiest to identify. It should have filler words where the character is reacting to the pain they’re feeling. Emotional and psychological injuries are expressive because they have to be explained to us. In a voice-over, the character in question has to express themselves for us to know they’ve been injured emotionally or psychologically.
Since injury is something we all can relate to, you can target all audiences with an injured voice. It is the perfect way to get the attention of your ideal audience because everyone knows the sound of someone
who is in pain.
An injured voice should be labored because when someone is in pain, it takes a lot of effort to shift their focus from how they’re feeling. The level of pain determines if the voice will be audible or just a bunch of
unending filler words. Someone who is in excruciating pain can hardly get a word out. It could even get to the point where all they can manage is cry.