A nation of talkers.

I was listening to an old interview with Eamonn Andrews, and I’d forgotten what an amazing broadcasting voice he had.

This got me thinking about the other great broadcasters we have produced in this country…Terry Wogan, Gay Byrne, Larry Gogan and Graham Norton to name but a few.

Eamonn Andrews was probably the grandfather of Irish broadcasters, in 1946 he started out as a freelance sports commentator, and made his way on to television where he presented many shows, but is probably best remembered for “This is your life”.His voice had great timbre, it had a lovely warm friendly tone, and surprise surprise he never lost his Dublin accent. He even made a record called “The shifting whispering sands”, it’s a little twee but you will get an idea of how good his voice was.

Eamonn Andrews 1922-1987.RIP.


By | 2018-03-14T10:43:29+00:00 June 25th, 2012|Blog, Voice Over Stories|0 Comments

A Clear voice over.

I came across a product that is marketed towards people who make a living from their voices , it claims to relieve hoarseness, in fact it is “designed to moisturize, humidify & lubricate the mucous membranes of the throat and larynx” . A picture from the old west comes to mind with some old timer selling a magic potion from the back of his wagon to cure sore throats or indeed something much worse.

Anyway, there are a couple of very simple rules when doing a voice over, try to avoid chocolate, milky tea, cappuccino and latte before going in to the booth. If you feel like a beverage drink black coffee, herbal tea or just a glass of warm water, and always bring water with you into the booth, and if your throat feels a little sore, honey certainly helps.

The big no no, is to turn up at a session with a very sore throat, where you can barely speak, in that situation it’s best to call your client(preferably the day before the session) and inform them that your voice is not up to its usual standard, and get plenty of good old fashioned rest.

By | 2018-03-14T10:43:29+00:00 June 12th, 2012|Blog, Voice Over Stories|0 Comments

The voice over boy or girl next door

Around the mid 1990′s the advertising industry started casting lighter voices and regional accents. Out went the traditional RP and mid Atlantic accents, and in came the boy or girl next door.This opened up the door for comedians, actors and personalities with Dublin and rural accents to break into voice over land.Was it a good thing?

Yes, if the script requires a deep resonant voice, make sure you get your casting right, if your script requires the boy or girl next door with a light regional accent, the same rules apply.

By | 2018-03-14T10:43:30+00:00 May 22nd, 2012|Blog, Voice Over Stories|0 Comments

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

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