The past couple of weeks have been pretty rough here because SOMEBODY in my household decided to get ill and demand being looked after. This means my blog had to go without new content for a while, the poor thing.
I still managed to get all my jobs out the door, even if it meant recording in full nurse Whiskin garb.
My first job was for a delightful client based in California. This is one of the great things about being a voice over artist in the digital age - anyone from anywhere can contact you with ease. This was for a telephone answer message for a swimming pool cleaning company called Puck Pool Service.
Recording that in the hottest week of the year, while thinking of all those freshly cleaned pools was, well, let's just say I HAVEN'T GOT A SWIMMING POOL AND I WANT ONE. At least give me a weekend job at Puck so I can accidentally drop my net in the water and have to frolic and splash about a bit to get it.
Next up were a couple of explainer video voice overs. The first was a really fun script for a new dating app. It was written in such a way that allowed me to have a bit of a play and throw in some humanisation and quirkiness. This app is different to other dating apps in that it's aimed at finding fun things to do with like minded people - rather than aimlessly swiping left or right solely based on someone's looks or bio. I'm really excited to see the finished version of this video as it was such a well written script.
The second explainer was for something I had absolutely no knowledge of. NB. That's not to say I have knowledge of dating apps. I've never even downloaded one. I HAVEN'T.
The topic for this video was Forex trading. Or trading Forex. I still have no idea about it - it all went completely over the top of my head. So if you're looking for tips on how to make money doing this, whatever THIS is, look elsewhere! BUT, it does sound quite appealing because money money money.
I've said before that I've not done a lot of e-learning voiceover work. It's not something I dislike, it's just that when I started out, I was aiming myself towards different genres. Even now when someone contacts me about e-learning I immediately think OH MY GOD THAT MEANS 8 YEARS IN THE BOOTH READING ABOUT ALGEBRA. My perception of e-learning is way off the reality. Every piece I've had so far has been both fun and interesting.
This latest script was for IELTS - about sentence fragments, run-ons and comma splices. Now, it might not sound enthralling, but when the script is written in a very informal style, it immediately makes it engaging. The way I like to think about it is this: imagine a fun teacher you had at school. Everybody had one or two, I hope. The one I'm thinking of was my law teacher. Lessons were very in depth and intense and often, extremely dull in terms of topic. Yet 'sir' always found ways to keep us engaged, by being human, being real.
That's a trend in voiceover right now - realness. Listen to the adverts next time you're watching TV. How many are 'real' voices and not over the top or BBC announcer style? Most are just like we're being chatted to.
Lastly I'd like to mention some videos I voiced for a company that makes mobility scooters. Each video was about a different model they manufacture - so if you ever need to get around in style, I know some good ones!
But the point I want to make here (AGAIN) is the variety of work (and topic) that's out there for voice over artists. Looking from the top of this blog entry: telephone message for a pool cleaning company; explainer for a dating app; explainer about Forex; e-learning about sentence fragments; narrations about mobility scooters. What's not to love about a job that is different literally every day?
Answers on a postcard please (contact form).