Voice Artists Have to Trust Strangers

poster-poppy-flypast-231489Providing the voice over to a corporate video can often leave one feeling a little disconnected from the project. By the time we receive the script, the visuals may not have even been put together yet. We’re given an idea of pace and tone and then it’s up to us to interpret what our client wants.

Up to a point.

Being part of any production in any capacity means that you are part of a team. If, like me, you record a lot of your audio in your own studio without a director and then send it off to be edited and synced to the final video, then handing over that audio is a lot like handing over a baton in a relay race. You’ve run your heart out, but it’s actually up to the next person to see to it that you win the race and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.

Just as the producer, editor and director may have not worked with me before, the vice versa is also true. I am going to lend my voice to a production but, in all fairness, I have absolutely no idea what they’re going to do with it. Now whilst a great engineer is worth their weight in Pringles, it’s not my place to criticise a not so great engineer, and all I can really do when I watch something back that I voiced and think, ‘meh’ is to simply not include it in my next portfolio.

The converse of all of this is that you often get to work with a great team and when they send you the finished product you think, “Hey! That is pretty cool”, and we’re not blowing our own trumpets – we’re acknowledging the hard work and dedication of everyone who was involved in putting that piece together.

One series that I’m currently narrating is for Johnson and Johnson. Originally, this was to be a three part series, but the client is so happy with how these have come out, that they have asked us to produce what we can really only describe as a ‘prequel’. Bit weird, because we’re talking about sutures (or stitches as we call them in the UK), but hey – they can’t all be The Phantom Menace!