Voiceover work doesn’t get the credit it should. I’m always being asked to get quotes for a job and when I ask “What kind of voice is it that you are looking for?” I get varied responses, but mostly along the lines of “It doesn’t really matter” The fact of the matter is simple, it really does matter, you aren’t going to use the voice of James Earl Jones to do an english version of Dora the Explorer, but use him instead of the guy who was in the Darth Vader suit and you have an icon.
Choosing a voice is so important, especially if it’s a radio ad or an animated explainer, I bet that a lot of ads done by people who really think about what is needed even hire an attractive person to be in front of the camera and then dub a different voice over that. I’m sure this is also why so many voiceovers are constantly updating their skills, broadening their range, perfecting their art.
So why do people even bother to make an ad if they simply don’t care? Even if you have been handed the responsibility by someone else to get the job done, surely you’d a least think about the vision? Maybe I’m too old school in my beliefs that if you are going to do something do it properly. It begs the question “have any of you been hired and not really told what to do?”
You also get overly specific requests, subtle details that no one would know unless they were asked themselves, I prefer that over the “whatever” attitude any day of the week, at least I can ask around and you can delve into you little larynx of tricks for me, and what’s better than being able to provide someone with hearing something the way they see it? It’s not an easy job, but at least it’s an accomplishment, I mean who can’t do “whatever”?
Feel free to tell me all about your voiceover jobs whether they be “whatever” ones or so specific you almost passed out from the exertion