How do you get voice over work if you are a beginner? UK Voice Over coach Gary Terzza, reviews a book which has a down to earth approach to breaking into the voice over business, even if you are a complete novice.
Can it really be over twenty years since this delicate, captivating animation graced the screens of the fledgling Channel 4? As a voice-over announcer with the station I have introduced The Snowman many times, along with its permutations such as 'the making of' (which I'm glad to see is a bonus programme included here) yet I've never tired of its pastel wintry landscapes and sublime music. Kids love it, but grown ups will love it even more, especially those of a certain age who yearn for open fires and a simple rural childhood. As with all Raymond Briggs' stories there is pathos and poignancy, but you're left wanting to watch it again and again and I'm afraid that lump in the throat will remain like a stubborn frost.
Long ago, in the days when Max & Paddy were still bit part players, Peter Kay was experimenting with all sorts of exotic Bolton characters and this is their story. As an announcer with Channel 4 I had the pleasure of introducing many of these brilliantly observed vignettes first time around, yet to see them again with all the little extras is pure pleasure. Highlights are The Services, Kay's celebration of the British motorway pit stop, along with plenty of out-takes including an amnesic Jim Bowen. Just don't let my voice-over on the trailers embedded on disc 2 put you off; I'm still hoping for an overnight slot on Chorley FM!
As a professional voice-over artist here in Great Britain, I'm often asked how you break into the business and I always recommend Elaine Clark's readable, enjoyable guide. However, because the book is skewed so heavily to the US market many UK readers are left wanting. For example the American term 'announcer' doesn't mean the same in Britain, where we have a long tradition of voice artists who link programmes together and act as 'continuity presenters'. Given the explosion of digital channels, this is a growth area often ignored by authors and voice-over teachers. That said, Clark's experience and knowledge always shine through providing a valuable grounding to the novice and giving jobbing VOs like myself a chance to brush up on our skills.