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Virtual reality has become a literal reality, and it’s one of the hottest new developments in today’s technology. You can find it being used in everything from vr games to instructional how-tos to vr apps to virtual reality story-telling behind one of the best-selling organic soap brands in the world.
I mention the soap since Dr. Bronner’s was the first virtual reality video project I had the thrill of completing. And yes, it was certainly a thrill.
The 6-minute virtual reality video provides information, entertainment, a brief company history – and the chance for viewers » Continue Reading.
While styles, tastes and trends may change, the fundamentals of a good recipe always stay the same. This holds true whether you’re whipping up a magnificent manicotti to serve your guests or an impressive voice-over website to serve to the millions of potential customers on the internet. When I went through a website revamp earlier this year, I started to really pay attention to the different ingredients that went into an effective voice-over website – along with what to leave out and avoid.
Unnecessary Ingredients to Avoid on Voice Over Websites
Just like some ingredients in a recipe, » Continue Reading.
You want a totally different mood and sound for a voice-over spot that’s selling cars than for a voice-over video explaining a complicated medical procedure. So how do we VO artists know what voice over read to deliver? Well, sometimes we don’t.
Some scripts present a myriad of options, all of which could work. Getting the “right” read depends largely on what a client believes is “right.” Sometimes clients have input on what they’re envisioning for the final result. But sometimes the clients themselves aren’t exactly sure.
When it’s not totally clear from the get-go what type » Continue Reading.
We’ve all heard the saying that change is the only constant in life – but I ran across another quote that sums up my recent encounter with change even more accurately. Writer and motivational speaker Robin Sharma says:
Change is hard at first, Messy in the middle And gorgeous at the end.
The recent change I had to make involved switching my recording software from Sony Sound Forge to Adobe Audition, and upgrading my entire voice-over studio set up, which I’ve known and used the same way for over fifteen years. The transition definitely followed the path of being hard, » Continue Reading.
Your script is written and ready to go. It’s short, straightforward and simple. It doesn’t contain anything about complicated medical procedures, highly technical computer jargon, or words that have been translated from a different language. You’ve hired a professional voice-over talent to record it, and have about one hour to deliver the finished recording to your boss. No problem, right?
Not so fast. There could be plenty of problems brewing in even the simplest-looking scripts if the copy is not carefully reviewed to ensure the voice-over actor knows exactly what you want. And we’re not just talking about directions on » Continue Reading.
The world of voice-over may be drawing you in with its bright promise of exciting work, big bucks and loads of fame to come. But like any other industry, a voice-over career has a slightly dimmer side that comes with the territory.
If you’re in the midst of making a decision to jump off into the pool of voice-over actors to determine if it’s right for you, you will want to answer these five questions to ensure you’re truly prepared to climb up on that diving board.
The first question deals with an overview of your intent, while the next » Continue Reading.
Changes in VO Styles Over the Years: From Big Booming Voice Overs to a More Natural, Conversational Style
Once upon time, the big thing in voice-overs was that big, booming voice – the very polished, voice-over announcer type, with a strong kind of yelling-at-you delivery and feel. People listened. People purchased. That was simply how sales were made.
As times have changed, so have selling strategies. Most folks are no longer apt to listen to the very polished, big, booming voice – much less believe what it says. People today tend to instead respond to companies that focus on transparency, honesty and being real, with marketing that does the same.
This trend has definitely filtered into the » Continue Reading.
Some seekers of voiceover talent may say they’re looking for a voice-over actor. But what they really need or expect may be someone who is much more than just a voice-over actor. It’s someone who can do double or even triple duty. In addition to playing a variety of roles in front of the microphone, professional voice-over actors often have plenty of opportunities to don a number of hats behind the scenes as well.
No, we don’t usually wash windows. But we do take on the roles of director, editor, writer, consultant – and in some cases I can even start » Continue Reading.
While the concept of “free” anything is often attractive, when it comes to using free voice-over talent, the downside risks will usually far outweigh the upside cost savings.
Head into a store, any store, and bring your selected item up to the cashier. Then tell him or her you’d like to have this particular item for free, with the promise of coming back to purchase loads and loads of additional items in the future.
Think the cashiers will go for it?
Not if they want to keep their job.
In fact, you may be lucky if you get out of the » Continue Reading.
So, you probably already know about vocal fry, valspeak and uptalk, right? I mean, everyone has heard plenty of examples of those speech patterns that have made perfectly well-educated college grads (mostly female) sound like Kardashian wannabes.
Vocal fry refers to a low, glottal, animal-like sound that speech pathologists consider a vocal disorder.
Valspeak is, like, short for the way Valley Girls talk that was, like, you know, so big Frank Zappa sang about it in 1982.
Uptalk, a subset of valspeak, is the habit of producing a » Continue Reading.