All the buttons. All the gear. All the tech. All the more reason to mind your manners when entering the studio.
I remember my first voice over demo. It was Y2K, astonishingly the world hadn’t ended, Justin and Britney were a thing, the shouty, over-excited announcer was the ‘it’ voice and being a radio announcer meant, by default, I was a qualified voice actor.
‘We love your Australian accent’. This was the start of a beautiful VO-ship that brought this explainer to life. I love that I get to work with people all over the globe. Also loved the brief of ‘casual engagingness’. Brilliant!
You’ve got a big voice over studio session. You head into the booth. You notice there’s a cast of thousands in the control room. What happens next is beautifully articulated by Tom Hanks in this Graham Norton interview. Oh yes, we feel you Tom.
Just like your significant other, studios and recording spaces need to be treated right. If you’re looking to deviate from the stock standard charcoal coloured foam offerings, there’s a few sassy options out there to tame room reflection.
Podcasting has really taken off over the last couple of years. The format is great and easy to consume and there’s so much to listen to. It’s also great that just about anyone can create one and have a voice. Unfortunately some podcasts can be a little lacking in the quality department. Fear not, hubby’s 5 tips will get you podcasting like a pro.
THAT acquaintance. You know the one. Lover of garlic. Consistently caffeinated. Social smoker. And super-close talker. You avoid them in confined spaces. You tilt your head to the side in conversation. You strategically time your own breathing.
Cheers to the art of voice acting in this way too funny scene from Toast of London.
It was late last year. Husbo did the unthinkable. In a momentary lapse in concentration he agreed to Apple’s enticing El Capitan OS proposition. And why wouldn’t he? Promises of increased productivity with split screens and a more intuitive Spotlight search. Pinned swipes and notes checklists—oh my. It sounded fan-bloody-tastic. Until I loaded up the ol’ DAW to record an urgent voice over.
They say the music maketh the commercial. Actually no, they don’t. But they should. Music in commercials and promos sets the mood. It supports the copy. It complements the voice over. It grabs attention.