Radio has always been my favourite medium. From the birth of commercial radio back when I was only two years old, to the vast spectrum of FM, AM, DAB and Internet Radio that we have today – radio has always been thought of as a faithful companion.
As a voice over artist, radio presents me with an opportunity simply not afforded to many on screen actors – to be whoever it is I want to be. One moment I could be playing a superhero, and the next I’m a carpet. No, that’s not autocorrect doing funny things with what I’m writing – I have provided the voice of a carpet – two voices actually, as the carpet went from dirty to clean!
That’s really the beauty of the difference between providing the voice for a TV spot and a radio spot. Someone said it best when they said that “radio has the best pictures”.
Why a Radio Voice-Over is different
You see, in television, the voice accompanies the story, and fills in the blanks that the visuals may not provide. In radio, the voice not only tells the story – it IS the story. Not convinced? Try watching the next TV ad break with your eyes closed and see if you’d still want to buy any of their products!
A voice-over with a good vocal range and flexibility can be very useful too, particularly if you have a commercial with numerous characters. My personal record is to have played 13 different people in a two minute radio infomercial and that was a lot of fun to put together.
Characters are indeed fun to record, but often a brand is looking for a regular voice with which the listener can truly identify. When your brand is looking to narrow down that list, certain keywords can prove useful.
The right Style of voice-over
My profile is listed on a number of voice over sites all over the web, but let me share my voice’s keywords with you here. My voice (and I suppose my personality) has been described as:
- Quick Witted
- High Voltage
But these keywords can only tell you so much. To know what your script will really sound like when I read it, please let me audition for you. It’s completely free and without obligation.
Radio provides so much opportunity for a Voice-Over Artist like me. Commercials, promos, radio plays, imaging, comedy shows – some of our most beloved TV comedies started out on radio, public service announcements, the list goes on and on. Whatever it is you’re looking to put on the radio, I’d love to be the voice artist that you choose.