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

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

July 28, 2015 12:26 am

The Dancing Voice-Over Monkey in a Box…

  It’s been a while since the last blog-fest, mostly because I’ve been away travelling with my famous voice-over PortaStudio™ via Dubai to the UK and back again. There, I “danced” in my own box to, mostly, my own tune. However, the “dancing voice-over monkey” title of this little blog-ette is something which sprang into my addled brain when I was living and working in the UAE during 2014 and... View Article

January 18, 2014 8:01 am

Movie-Trailer versus ‘gravitas’

“In a world…”.   These are often the 3 words uttered by many well known (and not-so well known) voice-over artists over the past 30 something years at the very beginning of the soundtrack to what’s called the “trailer”, a short clip shown as a precursor to and means of promoting a variety of movies, mostly in the categories of drama, action, thriller, sci-fi, horror – and even sometimes comedy... View Article

January 15, 2014 1:54 am

Wassit like being a voice-over for a living?

  Sometimes, I have no idea how I do what I do for a living. And I’ve been at it for over 30 years. What’s it like? It’s not easy trying to describe in one blog-post because, essentially, I still don’t know! What I do know is that I am constantly amazed at the intricacies of earning a crust by simply opening and closing my mouth. The act of doing so... View Article

January 13, 2014 8:31 am

Shall I grow my hair long?…

  It seemed trite to start this blog on January 1st, 2015, the International Year of Light as well as, apparently, the International Year of Soils. Wonderful to hear that Light and Soil are being celebrated over the next 12 months. So, I published on January 13th – because I like the number 13. Launching the blog (and the website) on 1/1/15 may also have appeared a contrived effort on... View Article