COMMERCIAL VOICE OVER
Commercial Voice Over…
also known as the work that voice actors really get excited about.
Not to say that voice over generally isn’t the best job in the world…
…but when great commercial voice over projects come up, you’re all like, “Damn! I love this job.”
You get to showboat a little. Friends message you and say, was that you?
“YES! That was me!”
That was me you heard on the radio and on TV.
Yes, it was me on the homepage of your company’s website. You heard me while you refilled those snacks during the Superbowl.
I have to think that even the biggest stars will always have a little of that dream-come-true syndrome. I used to be a landscaper…and now I record national commercials from the studio in my home. For some of the world’s most trusted brands.
Commercial voice over is creating an audio landscape.
When you really think about it, there’s still a heck of a lot of landscaping in the work that I do. Creating an exceptional final audio landscape requires great planning, judgment and experience. Attention to detail. It brings together form and function and uses the raw materials to best advantage. It produces a high quality soundscape that enhances and elevates a clients’ brand. And when it’s done well, it’s a thing of beauty.
Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a quite a few bucket list commercial voice over projects. I’m proud to tell the stories of so many great brands, projects, products…and people. Because that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Shining a light on the people who bring great things into this world.
Why not have a listen? And don’t let a little thing like work stop you from listening to them all.
I don’t live in Winnipeg, but I go there as often as I can to see family. Churchill is on my absolute must-go to places before I die. (Maybe my cousins will take me there next time I’m in town.) But my absolute favorite place in all of the Friendly Province is a little house at the end of Westborne Street in Russell. It’s about a stone’s throw from the Water Tower (or Water Towel as it was affectionately know from my childhood.)
That house is the one my Grandad built back in the 1940’s. My dad tells the story about seeing him walk up that road with shiplap wood arching over his shoulder. It touched the ground 12 feet in front and behind him. I’ve eaten a ton of pickerel and sour cream pie in that house. I picked a lot of peas from Grandma’s garden at that house, and pumped a lot of water from the well.
Those are the feelings I bring to my commercial voice over recording sessions with Travel Manitoba. I want you to experience the polar bears and the northern lights. I want you to feel the length of those roads and the friendliness of those towns. And I also want you to taste the green freshness of those peas. They taste like home…so there’s nothing quite like ’em.
Things feel more simple in Manitoba, but it’s the culturally diverse beating heart of Canada. Filled with good, strong people. So if you get there, call my cousin Jen and ask her to take you to Nucci’s for gelato.
LIBBY LEA – FRANK DIGITAL – TRAVEL MANITOBA
When 20 people show up to a session because someone promised them free sushi and beer, you know you’re in for a long one. That’s the time you want Libby in the studio. She keeps things moving along so the director and clients get what they want, the VO isn’t gasping for air and no one gets food poisoning because that sushi mayo has been sitting out all afternoon.
Dave’s voice speaks for itself – literally – but what sets him apart is his willingness to work with the client to get it right. He can deliver many variations on scripts and takes direction! We never have to worry about delivery of files – they always come to us right away and always high quality.
Man… now I wish I hadn’t taken the last piece of tuna.