Recently in Debbie’s Voice
Published by Debbie Grattan on 06/19/13
Company name changes…when they happen, they can be a challenge.
Having worked through a few over the years, I can say that I am now well-prepared for those situations when a company approaches me in need of voiceover solutions related to a name change.
The trick is being able to edit the new company name into old voice tracks (maybe several years old), and have it sound seamless. If I can’t do that effectively, then I’ll have to re-record huge chunks of scripts to make it work. That will be time-consuming and expensive for » Continue Reading.
You never know what a client may want from voice over auditions.
This job came from an audition on a P2P site. It was listed as a VO for a “Bee” character, that was going to be in a recurring campaign for the Visitor’s Bureau in Butler County, Ohio.
I love bees! In fact, my name “Debbie” comes from the root “bee” – as in “busy as a ….”
Now everyone immediately assumes that a bee character would need a little buzz in the voice. Maybe, there would even bee wordzzzzz that could be drawn out, to indicate the » Continue Reading.
In my experience, Pay to Play (P2P) sites are a great way for voice artists to find new voiceover clients.
If you’re not familiar with the terminology, “pay to play” refers to websites where there are rosters of professional voice talents who pay an annual fee to have the opportunity to peruse and audition for specific jobs, posted by voiceover clients. These jobs range from production companies, advertising/marketing agencies, and often, end clients.
Two P2P sites I’ve used are:
…and there are more out there but these two keep me plenty busy with auditioning and booking jobs.
Find » Continue Reading.
Lately I’ve been able to do what I truly love: collaborate.
Several clients I hadn’t heard from in a while contacted me with work offers: for ISDN voice over services.
There’s definitely something to be said for Real-Time communication!
I find it difficult most times to read a client’s mind (though I always do my best and I actually think my psychic skills are improving gradually) and to know exactly what kind of inflection they want.
What word they want stressed, or NOT stressed. How much smile they want to hear. Whether they want me to adlib a bit with » Continue Reading.
As a professional voice over talent, when time is of the essence, I step into high gear.
Which is why I am going to share a project I did recently with Doug Clark Creative—with whom I’ve worked many times, both on-camera and as a voiceover talent.
Doug Clark Creative was working with a new client who hadn’t really thought of using video for their project until they saw one of Doug’s finished video projects for another client. So impressed were they by what they experienced while watching Doug’s work, they decided they wanted to hire » Continue Reading.
Instructional videos are an important part of my voiceover services work, so I was happy to hear from this new client who found me via a web search.
We communicated only by email, but the process worked out well.
He needed a voiceover services audio turned around quickly for an e-learning type narration. Since his client was going to conduct a training on this new machine, they needed a narrated video tutorial to go along with it.
Female Narration Voiceover Services
I’ve done a few salon nail programs, but I’d never seen one like this. Of course, as in most » Continue Reading.
I’ve seen this video by Dove about “Real Beauty” a couple of times now. It seems to be making the rounds of social media. Good for Dove. So now, I’m examining the whole thing a little more closely, without the initial impact of the first viewing, and coming up with some additional thoughts and conclusions.
The first time viewer is hit with a very emotional impact of how women tend to see themselves as “less beautiful” than other people who see them. Watching it the second time, just now, I realized that we are taught as children to not » Continue Reading.
Female Commercial Voice Actress Debbie Grattan reviews the highlights from her ongoing “Think Like a Producer” series of articles. In Part 2, she looks at some of the best marketing tips that have been shared in recent articles. Check out Part 1, “Voice Over Actress Tips From Producers Who Hire Voice Talent” to see more great tips!
1. A website is a must and a blog is highly recommended. It’s a great way for people to get to know you better as a voice talent and it will help immensely with your search engine results.
2. Email newsletters are » Continue Reading.
Female Commercial Voice Over Actress Debbie Grattan reviews the highlights from her ongoing “Think Like a Producer” series of articles. In Part 1, she looks at the tips that have been shared around the Art of Voice Over.
As a working voice over actress, I have a pretty fun (and extraordinarily challenging) job and I get to talk with a lot of very interesting people. It’s been a great experience to have the opportunity to interview several professional producers, marketing and advertising execs, recording engineers and voice over pros during my “Think Like a Producer” series. I plan on continuing » Continue Reading.
Here’s a very recent female narration project I completed for Durham School Services, which explains their “Child Check System” as part of an overall focus on child safety.
This was produced by Kaye Veazey of VZ Communications located in Lake Forest, IL, and I just recently connected with Kaye over the summer to work on this video.
Female narration projects are a staple for my business these days. I enjoy recording scripts that cover all different types of topics, products and services… Nice to be able to learn something new every day!