As I've probably mentioned before (I'm either very boring or very efficient), every day brings something different in the world of voiceover. The surprises can be anything from a type of job I've not worked on before to where my voice will end up being used. For example, I once voiced a skull for an escape room in Russia. I've also announced cocktail names, for every time somebody ordered a specific drink at an event. WHIIIIITTTTTE RUSSSSSIIIIIAAAAAANNNNN.
The Russian theme today wasn't intentional by the way, yet here we aЯe.
This weeks surprises were mainly location based. I don't really know why I noticed it but every job that came in was from a different part of England - Wessex, London, Greater Manchester, Essex, Dorset (and a couple of others I couldn't quite pinpoint).
It's another part of voiceover that I find fun to think about. Oooh, some people in Portland Bill will hear my voice soon. O.M.G. STOCKPORT, GET READY TO ACCEPT ME INTO YOUR EARS. The voice can be so exposed but the face can remain hidden forever. I'd wager at least £2 that anybody who's been in that escape room in Russia has no idea who I am.
Anyway, intro over.
My first stop this week was Essex. (Figuratively, of course. I record from my home studio... and am still scared to go out anywhere). Providing a voice for a promo video for an awards event. Don't panic, it's next year, by which point one would hope social distancing is a thing we just talk about. While preparing for this read I learnt about Sake Dean Mahomed, the man widely credited as opening the first Indian Restaurant in London. I'd never known about this before - that's another benefit of being a voice artist - you learn a lot of things that will be great for pub quizzes.
Next up was.... Essex again. A voice artist friend of mine had an audiobook job on the go but didn't have the capacity to do all 40 characters, so he threw some my way. That was a good morning in the booth, getting into different zones and areas of my voice. They were all minor parts but it allowed me to delve into my character toolbox and be a footman, a brutal night guard, an elderly butler and (imagine an evil whispery type voice for this next bit) a shadow spirit. I loved doing that last one - I drew on something spooky that happened to me when I was younger to pull that one off. Shut up, ghosts ARE real.
Next up was a client in London and a narration piece that I won't go into too much detail about, but it involved drinking pesticides. Not me personally, the people in the script. A fascinating but harrowing piece.
After that came a couple of radio ads for local businesses. Well, local to their area. One down in Wessex (a beautiful part of the country) and another up in Stockport (can't comment, haven't been). Often with 'local radio' they like a BIG voice, but these ones allowed me to keep it more relaxed and in keeping with the feel of a family run business. Warm, approachable. Ahh. Nice.
Of course, a week wouldn't be complete for me without providing voice-over for some on hold messages. Still sitting at No.1 in my favourite type of job to do charts (see previous blog for why), it's always nice to see what type of company might want a professionally recorded telephone greeting. This time, a place that sells window cleaning businesses. If you're looking for one, I can hook you up. Nice pun there (kind of) for old school phone fans.
Rounding off with some smaller jobs - a radio promo and an animation for an app that searches for free stuff (gimme gimme!), this was an enjoyably varied week. Every day brings something diff...wait, I already said that. NO TWO DAYS ARE THE SAME. That's better.
Having such a variety of things to get stuck into shows me that even after all these years of creating things, people are still being...umm...creative. It's so refreshing to know that all around the world humans are striving to make life better for others, either with products or services or apps, or simply with their words.