Voice Over Anxiety

For John Peel, the voiceover experience was fraught with healthy liberal guilt, since he knew it was a well-paid doddle compared to air-sea rescue or brain surgery. It could also be a source of real anxiety. He wrote of the subject:

“When you arrive all of a fluster at the studio, you are shoved, after a delay timed to remind you of your place in the scheme of things, into the presence of the people responsible for the commercial. You are, for an hour, their hireling, and they know it. There are never less than six of them; often there are more. They are invariably, beautifully, if casually, dressed, bright, amusing, attractive and haven’t seen each other since … was it Grenoble? I am none of these things and have never been to Grenoble.

“After a round of introductions so intimidating that you remember not a single name, although you think one of them might be called Piers, the advertising dreamboats prod you into the ill-lit booth in which you are to work. As the door closes you can hear them laughing. After your first tentative stab at reading the daft words they have been crafting for the best part of a week, you can see them arguing through the glass that separates you from them. They are saying, “Whose idea was it to hire this twerp?’ Alone and near to tears in the booth, you realize that you’re not even sure which country Grenoble is in.

“Eventually the advertising executive delegated to speak to the staff will press the talkback button and say, ‘That was fantastic John, but …’ In the language of advertising, fantastic is very bad indeed. After an hour of this, you emerge giddy with self-loathing but knowing that little William or Danda or Thomas or Florence can soon have new jeans.”

By | 2018-03-14T10:43:30+00:00 April 24th, 2012|Blog, Likes, Voice Over Stories|0 Comments

Romantic Voice-Overs

Today, 19th April 2012, we are delighted to announce the marriage of two of our stable mates the lovely Jen O Dea & the equally lovely Peter Hanly. So if you’re looking for two people to play man & wife, they will be rehearsing their roles from today.

Voice Talent Ireland, what have we started?

May we wish the happy couple many years of good health & happiness.

By | 2018-03-14T10:43:30+00:00 April 19th, 2012|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Directing a voice-over

There’s a craft in directing a voice-over, the one to avoid at all costs is where the producer/copywriter reads the script the way they think it should be read, in that situation I think it best that the voice-over and producer swap places straight away.

I have witnessed some classic bits of direction over the years, one was where a voice-over was asked to “put a bit of top spin” on the next take….new balls please!

Another was “that was great, but could you do one more take, and this time be a bit more seductive on the word bank”…..yeah, look where that got us?

Now, call me old fashioned but I think that if you have a well crafted script and have given some thought to the casting of your voice-over, you won’t need to direct at all… at all.

By | 2016-01-27T23:06:05+00:00 March 22nd, 2012|Blog, Voice Over QA|0 Comments

What is Received Pronunciation or RP in a voice-over?

Received Pronunciation or RP as it is referred to, is often required in the world of voice-overs. I once heard a producer say to a voice-over “The client doesn’t want you to sound like you are from anywhere”

John Wells identified perfect RP as that spoken by for instance…the British royal family, the actor Rupert Everett, David Attenborough, to name but a few.

Here in Ireland we speak Hiberno-English and I suppose we have our own take on Irish RP, James Joyce thought that the best English of all ,was that spoken in a Drumcondra accent. (He would turn in his grave if he heard the dulcet tones of a certain retired politician from that area speak today, or any day for that matter)

I was listening to a couple of Irish radio commercials from the 70′s & 80′s, and was amused by how English sounding the accents were. These days, we have all relaxed in trying to sound so posh, but for what it’s worth my vote goes to a Goatstown accent.

By | 2018-03-14T10:43:30+00:00 March 5th, 2012|Blog, Voice Over QA|0 Comments

The human voice – voice over artist explained

The human voice…….. it can be used to identify those we know and love; to create wonderful music through singing; it allows people to communicate verbally; and, it can help in the recognition of emotions. Everyone has a distinct voice, different from all others; almost like an aural fingerprint, one’s voice is unique and can act as an identifier.

I was listening to an old Desert Island Disc programme with the author Edna O Brien, (a woman who has a wonderful voice), and her one luxury item was a cellar full of Montrachet, well if white Burgundy can have that sort of effect on a voice……I’m all ears, cheers.

By | 2016-01-27T23:06:06+00:00 February 2nd, 2012|Blog, Voice Over Stories|0 Comments
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