educational…maybe

After last weeks long blog post… this week, I’m going to keep it short and educational
(well kinda of).

At my day job I edit and produce a lot of material, generally speaking it’s educational material read by lecturers.  On occasion, either myself or Sandra read the material – but it’s generally Course Introductions or Overviews, never “lectures”.  Well that was until Friday arvo a week ago.  The biggest reason we encourage lecturers to read their own material, is because they know their subject and material.  But as I keep learning, a professional Voice Actor can make it sound like they know what they’re talking about, so much so, that the listener understands and learns from what is being said. Read the rest of this entry »

the voiceover scene…some random thoughts

Last week while searching for ideas of things to Blog about, Professor Kate Foy – a very prolific blogger and fellow Voice Actor, suggested that I write about the Brisbane voiceover industry. While I’ve been working as a professional voiceover guy for about 20 years in and around Brisbane, I do not feel confident enough to comment on the Brisneyland industry.  Why ? Well this is quite simple, during those 20 years, unlike many of my peers, I have not relied solely on Voiceovers for income. I’ve been an announcer, Creative Director, Production Manager…and these days, simply a Producer. But all this time, I have been paid to voice stuff. I guess that technically classes me as a professional Voiceover person – but again, I’ve just been hanging out on the fringes. People like Graham Gould, Todd Levi, Sharyn Doolan – and most of the other members of Brisvo – (people who rely on Voiceovers for their primary income) – could possibly talk with more conviction about the Brisbane Industry.  (I invite any of those people to leave comments here, and tell us how things really are.) Read the rest of this entry »

…here’s one I prepared earlier

ok.. so I didn’t actually prepare this one earlier… it might have been on time if I had.
So, apologies for my tardiness this week.
It’s Saturday morning, been to the gym, done some of my weekend chores… now sitting drinking a coffee and writing.
I’ve been seriously struggling with the audio piece I’m going to share this week….  I have two that I’d love to share but one of them is a little controversial…so I might just sit on it a little longer. Read the rest of this entry »

a writers rant

Seriously, it’s kind of funny, for 10 years I was considered a “professional writer“, and I didn’t even pass Senior English at high school.  Sure english can be a strange language – weird spelling, bizarre phonetics – just ask someone who’s learning english as a second language how difficult it is.  In saying that, as a writer I was trained that there are several reasons to strive for perfection in every script. Read the rest of this entry »

great creatives & a nice read…

This week I’ve got a read for you to listen to brought to my attention by the producer, but before I move on to the audio …I’d like to sing the praises of some great radio Creative writers. Read the rest of this entry »

FVO1 – Sandra

So my post last week was pretty boring it seems, as no one was inspired to comment.  I know to some, what I’m doing here each week is a little ‘self-indulgent’, but it’s purely to try and keep my clients up-to-date with what I’m doing and what I’m capable of, to hopefully make YOUR clients happier !  As a business person and Voice Artist, I want to be the first person you think of when looking for that specific voice…and I’m trying to do that by reminding you every week that I’m here! Read the rest of this entry »

it’s a legal thing

What I love about voiceovers or audio in general, is that, to really make something ‘come alive’, a voiceover or sound is needed.  It’s just a great way to engage.  To switch on the imagination of the listener ! Read the rest of this entry »

an EMU spotted in Florida ?

So last week we listened to an Irish character that aired on Radio NL in British Columbia… this week, it’s something for Florida in the US.  But no it’s not an example of my “general American” accent… it’s simply a good old ocker Aussie accent.  For me this is nothing special, but for my US clients, it’s something that is hard for them to fake and the real thing is so much better for the end-client !

That’s why I’m sharing this voiceover, because the end-client loved it …. because it sounds “real” ! Read the rest of this entry »

naughty little fella…

Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken of the voiceover styles I get asked to do the most, and also the style I personally find the most challenging.  This week, I’d like to show off something a little different – a character read.  Read the rest of this entry »

studio space I’m hiring

When I see webpages for small production houses, I often see photos of “the studio” – sometimes these studio photos are hard to believe.  I don’t know whether it’s just me being cynical, but sometimes (definately NOT always) these studio photos are “the dream studio” …not the real thing ! Read the rest of this entry »