A friend who saw my entry yesterday about famous voiceover guys asked if I've ever done that kind of work. The answer is yes, but at no point was voiceover work my fulltime job. I always did it on the side without allowing it to interfere with my regular radio gigs. Still, when I was starting out, I would have loved to be a television booth announcer.
I don't know his name, but he always sounded like he knew all the stars on the guest roster personally, because he only identified them by their first names. As a slide with Kirk Douglas' picture appeared on the screen for five seconds, he'd say, "Kirk...with Mike...tomorrow!" Or we'd see Charlton Heston and hear, "Charlton...with Mike...today at 4:30!" It couldn't have been simpler, but the guy really sold it, every time.
I have always found voiceover work relatively easy. If someone else provides the copy, I'll usually nail it in a take or two, so there's no time pressure -- unlike commercial work, which can involve many more takes because the client or agency rep doesn't feel like they're getting value for their money. In their mind, for what they're paying me, it doesn't matter if I did it perfectly the first time. I should sit there for a half-hour or more and keep doing it over and over until my throat is raw.
Broadcasters, on the other hand, want it quick and clean -- faster than you can say, "Oprah...with Dave...tomorrow!"
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