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Observations, musings and rubbish from the mind of an IVO (International Voice Over)

July 26, 2019 2:17 pm

Bite/Byte Sized…

  For this blog, I thought I’d write something without editing it in any way to see what happened. Because life really is too short to edit the sh*t out of it, huh? So this’ll be something like a voice-over ‘stream of consciousness’ as opposed to anything to do with trying to ‘get myself into favour’ with our lord Google or any other search engine, or to boost my SEO... View Article

June 27, 2019 1:53 pm

Where does my voice ‘go’ – and why can’t I remember the scripts I’ve read?!

Feel free to read the full blog below or let Greg, the best male voiceover artist in the UK (probably), read it to you…   I sometimes have no idea where anything I’ve voiced might eventually end up. Which sounds really odd considering that usually, at the very least, there’s the name of the client, product or service on the script somewhere (but not always), maybe some dates, times, places, a catchphrase, strap-line,... View Article

June 12, 2019 2:22 pm

So, your voice-over is about to read your script…

You may have been writing, crafting and editing the documentary, narrative, e-learning module, on-hold messages/IVR’s (Interactive Voice Responses), explainer or commercial for the voice-over you’ve booked for some time. You’ve probably ‘lived’ with the idea, concept, format and content for perhaps days, weeks or even months, going over and over it to ensure the text says just what you want it say, whether it’s to sell, explain, entertain or extol... View Article

May 23, 2019 7:42 am

You’ve found your voice-over – now what?

You know what you want to say. You’ve located the definitive voice-over artist you need to read your text, and you’ve decided you want to book them. Should you do so via an online agency they might be registered with? Or is it better to deal direct? There are several different schools of thought for clients wishing to engage a voice-over to read their script… Online Agency Most online agencies... View Article

May 15, 2019 7:36 am

Am I any good?

    Well, am I? I often ask myself, how do I actually know that all the scripts and words I voice for clients – from the likes of the BBC to Fred’s Fish Shop – make me a “good” voice-over? In my 30+ years’ experience in this biz, rarely has any agency person, booking person or client contacted me post-session/recording to say they “really liked what I did”. Or... View Article

April 25, 2019 10:07 am

What does a voice-over require from a client?

    So, you’ve potentially hired a voice-over to promote/inform people about your product or service. You have also probably discussed and agreed a price, talked about a deadline and have an idea as to how you want the v/o to sound when they’re voicing your script. Now, you need a decent script! If you don’t have the necessary skills to write a good script containing the correct number of... View Article

April 3, 2019 4:20 pm

I must get out more

April 1st – I’m standing here at my uppy-downy desk in an endeavour to persuade my phalanges to fly across a wireless keyboard and write this first episode in a new series of blogs, telling tales, tall and true, of my 30 something years worth of experience in the broadcasting and, more specifically, voice-over industry.   Speaking of ‘episodes’, to coin a phrase used at the beginning of many instalments... View Article

March 21, 2019 1:25 pm

We want it read with style and grace

The phrase from the title of this blog, ladies and gentlemen, is one which often falls from the lips of many an agency executive, copywriter, writer-writer, client and any number of other people who might gather in a recording studio to direct, brief and/or produce a commercial or narrative, the script for which I’m usually given about two seconds before standing in front of the mike.   Sometimes, the script... View Article

March 21, 2019 1:15 pm

Sounding British…

“Sounding British”… One of the main reasons clients book me for a variety of different reads – from radio and TV commercials to audio/visual narrations, documentaries, corporates, online v/o’s and on-hold messages – is because I do “good neutral”. That is, I have a non-offensive (as opposed to inoffensive), non-discernible “accent”. No recognisable dialect or curious inflections are to be found in a quintessential  Greg Marston delivery in the beginning,... View Article

March 21, 2019 12:52 pm

Things you might want to know when looking to hire a voice-over artist…

  If you need to hire a voice-over artist for a narration, documentary, radio or TV commercial, website video, guide, e-learning module, YouTube film, explainer, on-hold messaging system etc., it’s not always a straightforward task to be able to find the right voice-over (or “v/o”) for your specific requirements. This BlogPost acts as a basic introduction to help you locate and book the best voice professional for your needs.   ... View Article