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.
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.