Sunday, 29 November 2009

Being a Voiceover Artist is Cool

I recently discovered this article on the voiceover industry.
Being a voice actor or voice talent is, it seems, in the “Ten jobs cooler than yours” list as drawn up by MSN. How lucky are we?

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Voiceover Showreels

How often should a Voiceover Artist record a new Showreel?

If you are inexperienced or if you’re on your first or second voiceover showreel, wait until you’ve done a few paying jobs. That extra experience will help, because with voiceovers, there is a very steep learning curve in the beginning. Your next voiceover showreel will already be much smoother and your skills will be improved even after such a short time.

I’ve worked with many voiceovers who are still new to the game, and after a few rounds in studio, it’s like they’re a different voiceover. More confident, better and really starting to find their own style.

Experienced Voiceover Artist

Once you’ve had a certain amount of experience, the learning curve isn’t as steep anymore. Now you just have to make sure your voiceover showreel is “acting your age”. You don’t need to re-record your showreel every year.

You can refresh your existing showreel every couple of years or so. Do some simple editing, adding new voiceovers you’ve done and take out some of the older work.

New Voiceover Showreels

Then, commpletely re-record a new voiceover showreel every four years. Too often I’ve heard people sound really young on their demo, and then when you get them in studio, they sound nothing like they do on their showreel.

If your voiceover showreel is letting you down, if you recorded a showreel that you were never really happy with or if you aren't getting booked any more, do it now. And don't let friends convince you don't need to do it by giving your ego a massage!

Voiceover News

Voiceover Artist and Radio Presenter Michelle Horn, who's clients include BBC1, ITV1, MTV and Sky joins the BigFish Media team.

Rose Murphy has just recorded a voiceover for a commercial for Mahir London.

Ricky Salmon is the voiceover for PSM Motors on Kiss FM in Northern Ireland. Ricky has also recorded two voiceovers for corporate videos for NBC Group.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

New Voice-over Equipment

We are delighted to say that we have upgraded the BigFish Media studio and office with new equipment. We now have a brand new computer and kit which enables us to:
Record a voice-over artist on an incoming ISDN line;
Record the voice-over session at our studio at the same time as sending audio via ISDN;
Record telephone interviews (eg for podcasts);
Monitor and produce a voice-over session in the booth (via talkback to headphones); and
Clients will be able to produce a session while on the phone; the voice-over artist will hear them in their headphones.

New Voice-over Artists

We welcome ex Capital Radio and Smooth Radio Newsreader Sandy Warr to the BigFish Media voice-over team.
Ricky Salmon has recorded another voice-over for Southern Water; this time a presentation.
We welcome Sky News TV, LBC Journalist and Voice-over Artist Sasha Twining to the BigFish Media team.
Hannah Scott-Joynt has recorded another set of training voice-overs for British Gas.
Ricky Salmon has recorded another of many new voice-overs for Southern Water. He is also the new “on-hold” voice-over for Ryder and Natural Dental.