Some think performing voice-overs means you jump behind a microphone, read and your done. No, Ma’am. There’s so much more to it than that. You have to be able to convey the emotion of text as directed or as you interpret it. I believe it takes a great amount of emotional intelligence to get it right. It’s more than having, “a nice voice.”
As I mentioned, I’m back in the VO game and practice makes perfect. Going forward, I will post quotes from my favorite authors on this blog. These passages are a deep source of inspiration for me and I want to share them with you beyond the written word.
The first is from Paulo Coelho, the famous author who promotes the magic of risk taking and finding your purpose throughout his writing. Check it out:
Earlier this year, President Obama traveled to South by Southwest® for a conversation on civic engagement. In Austin, he called on creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to help tackle our toughest challenges.
Today, POTUS is celebrating that spirit of innovation at South by South Lawn, a White House festival of ideas, art, and action.
The promise? At SXSL, we’ll call on every American to roll up their sleeves and discover their own way to make a positive difference in our country. And it’s an opportunity to celebrate the inspiring work so many Americans have already accomplished.
Take a look at the feed below and join the conversation using #SXSL:
You likely don’t know this but my voice is featured on a pretty popular video game. Ever heard of, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City? The game was released over ten years ago and, according to Wikipedia, “is set in 1986 within the fictional city of Vice City, which is heavily based on Miami. The plot is based on multiple real-life events in Miami such as Cuban, Haitian and Biker gangs, the 1980s crack epidemic, mafioso-Scarface type drug lords of Miami and the 1980s dominance of glam metal…”
I fell into VO by mistake. I was working in production on a show at MTV. On the random, the Show Runner called my desk line one afternoon and left a message telling me to call him back ASAP. The next day, I was the voice of the show.
I went on to record my first demo, a bunch of TV and radio spots and I’m even on a VO instructional video. A secret: if I could act full time and get paid to do so full time, I would in a blink. This summer, I rediscovered my love for the art of VO and stepped back into the booth to record a spanking new demo. Take a listen.
Oh, and there’s a great deal more to come. Stay tuned…
Building on Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” the company recently released,”The Human Family,” a new spot with Maya Angelou narrating.
The structure is simple, and reminiscent of a wedding montage against a white background, photos and videos of different faces and families—of all colors, sizes, ages and orientations—flicker by, with the credit of each iPhone photographer underneath.
The spot debut last Friday during the Opening Ceremonies of the Rio Olympics. It’s already gone live across Apple’s social media channels and on the website, where a full subsite is devoted to the “Shot on iPhone” campaign.
Life is harsh, it won’t coddle you, and there is no one to blame for the fact that you’ll face stuff you didn’t ask for and probably don’t deserve. But you can still decide the outcome of your own adventure, and sometimes knowing that makes the difference.
All of the above is at the heart of Nike’s recent, “Unlimited Future,” spot. Lebron James, Serena Williams and more star as the babies.
It takes the spirits of a gladiator to conquer. This as demonstrates that point and more. Check it out:
As world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, prepares to make a three-peat of his wins in both the 100m and 200m races at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Gatorade has debuted an inspiring animated film chronicling the athlete’s rise — and the light-hearted approach that’s helped him along the way.
TBWA/Chiat/Day Los Angeles teamed with Oscar-winning animation shop Moonbot Studios ( and directors Limbert Fabian and Jake Wyatt to deliver the tale. It begins with Bolt’s childhood in Jamaica, when he was a young student sprinting his way to and fro, not even letting a grumbling stomach get in his way of beating an older, more trained runner in an impromptu race.
The story moves on to his days as a junior competitor, highlighting a moment when he’s struck by a bout of the butterflies and the anxiety that comes with representing his country. But those all fall away when his mother reminds him, “You can always go faster when you keep it light.” I love this: