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Whether you’re aiming to teach healthcare professionals how to use a new medical device, clients how to use your cloud services, or students how to excel in mathematics, e-learning can be the ideal way to do it. Voice over narration in E-learning, instructional and tutorial videos can be extremely effective as an educational tool, provided you choose a narrator who is supremely suited for the task. You’re likely to find a good match if you find a narration voice over artist who possess the following seven qualities.
It’s tough to listen to and learn from a recording if » Continue Reading.
While the gig economy is nothing new, it is going through a rather new transition. It’s being flooded by an influx of workers. Millions of fresh workers have entered the world of flex and freelance work between 2003 and 2013 alone. From video production to copywriting services, fitness training to photography, fields across every industry are feeling the effects. The voice-over realm is one of them.
This increase of workers leads to an increase in competition. And one of the strategies some workers use to beat out the competition is to offer impossibly low prices. While » Continue Reading.
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.