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What does a voice over artist do all day? Part 15.

Just as things were maybe, possibly, a little bit getting back to normal, everything is changing again. We've got new measures, old measures, confusing measures - there's so many types of measures.

There are businesses that had gotten their hopes up, only to have them dashed or at the very least diminished. I've had clients at both ends of the spectrum this past week - one who had restarted their projects with gusto and one who needed new phone messages recorded due to tightened restrictions affecting working hours.

The tough and strange times continue and I wish for everyone to come through to the other side.

I'm just going to leave this here... a retelling of Hard Times of Old England by folk supergroup The Imagined Village. The title gives you a clue of the sentiment, but the ending holds onto hope.

Onto the work stuff!

I had a nice surprise when an old client got in touch with some fresh scenarios for their virtual reality system. They're a doctor and health care professional training company, all done through VR - and from what I've seen, it's simply incredible! Studying this way provides trainees with a fully immersive experience and takes away the rather old fashioned process of sitting in on real life patient consultations.

My role here is to play a patient with various illnesses, recording lines that will be inserted into the software for the user to react to. I always enjoy doing this, despite having to draw on past experiences of being ill to get into the zone!

On occasion there's some lengthy medical words or drug names to pronounce as if I've been doing it forever, so I always make sure to do some pencil in the mouth tongue twisters during warm ups.

Please excuse the random head wobbles.

Something that I don't go into that much in these posts is the other work voice over artists have to do. ADMIN - UGGGGH. Website SEO - ughhhh - actually that one's not an ugh because I quite enjoy seeing the results and how the little graphs are improving. (My history as a database manager is to blame for that nerdiness).

SEO is something I hadn't properly considered 'til recently. I'd always been of the impression that "build a voice over website and they will come". Well, they didn't and so I had to start optimising my web pages. After a couple of months my hits started to go up and people started getting in touch via my contact form. The fruits of labour! Apples! Even better is actually booking jobs that way. Bananas!

And that's exactly what happened this week. A British speaking Spanish radio station booked me via the site for a couple of ad spots - one for a locally distributed magazine and one for a car servicing company. My eyes are always being opened to new markets. Why would I ever have considered radio stations abroad? There's so many in the UK already! But it makes total sense that there would be English speaking broadcasts - holiday makers, business trips, ex-pats...

...and let's be honest, there's a lot of Brits who wish to remain 100% British when they're abroad.

I went on holiday to Fuerteventura a few years back and in the restaurants the amount of Brits eating only potato based dishes was astounding. Chips. Chips. Mash. Chips. Croquettes. And chips. While waiting to get the coach back to the airport on the final morning, I overheard a couple exclaiming how they couldn't wait to get home and eat some proper English food. BUT YOU'VE BEEN DOING THAT ALL WEEK DAVE.

A tiny shopping basket with potatoes in it

Typical British holiday luggage. Photo by Andrey Metelev on Unsplash

Let's move on.

I also had a few narration pieces in, covering a whole spectrum of topics. A competition website. Second hand medical equipment (yes, I was worried too). Health food products. Double glazing.

If you're looking for a job outside of the mundane, dig into voice over. You'll never be bored.

The last voice over job of the week was for another radio station, based down in Devon. Or up. If you're in Cornwall. They needed a new voice intro for their weather segment along with a bedding track.

Doing something like this makes an already pleasant job into something more interesting. Sourcing a piece of music that's suitable not only for the station, but the segment you're working on, can be a challenge - it's quite difficult to not get immersed in the amazing wealth of tunes out there and loose 4 days somewhere down the back of the sofa*.

*Chair - I don't work on a sofa. Although if someone invents a revolving one, I would consider it.

(If you're looking for music for voice over, check out the links in the credits section on my demo reels page).

Ok, now I'm off to read through this blog 8 times, correct the typos, post it, read it again, correct more typos, turn the computer off, read it on my phone, notice more typos and then cry.

A tear runs from someone's eye

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Martin Whiskin voiceover artist talking into a Rode NT1-a microphone
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