Sunday, June 8, 2014

Choosing The Right Male Voice Over Talents

By Lila Bryant

People use voiceovers for many different types of production. Usually when people think of the term they think of advertising but equally they could be used to narrate documentaries, audio books and so forth. Sometimes there will be the need specifically for male voice over talents and therefore you need to be sure you have the right one.

There is a wide array of projects that can use vocal talents. Commercials on film, television and radio all often use narration in order to get people listening to what the product is and what it has to offer. In the case of radio the vocal is obviously vital as this is often the only way of delivering the message of the commercial.

Before contacting vocal talents you should check to see where they are located. Some locally based people may be able to come in and visit you if you have your own studio. The advantage with this is that you can talk with them while they are in the booth and the added face to face communication can often be beneficial.

However with the internet it has also become a lot easier to record voice overs from around the country and if necessary further afield. While this may be more expensive due to them using their own equipment it can add to the range of options available to you. When contacting the artist consider the accent they are likely to use.

It sounds strange but different accents can often create different effects when people are listening. For example a British accent often gives something a feel of gravitas, especially if the person who is doing the recording has some form of theatrical training. There is also the tone. A deep voice can command more authority than someone with a lighter tone. However if the person is discussing a medical matter then you may want someone with a lighter voice who sounds more sympathetic to the listener. If you are contacting an agency you should give them a clear brief about this.

The benefit of using an independent talent is that you do not have to pay the additional commission an agent will charge. However the benefit of an agent is that they will often have a wider array of talent to choose from and therefore are more likely to know someone who is most appropriate for your particular needs.

You also need to consider the quality of the sound recording itself. If you are paying for them to use their own equipment this becomes especially vital. Listen carefully and think it through before reaching an agreement.

You can find numerous agencies and independent artists online. Ideally you should check with a number of them in order to compare what they have to offer. This is both in terms of price and the quality of their work. Use your regular search engine for more information as well as getting feedback from clients who have used their services in the past in order to find the best vocal talent for your project.

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