Recording a professional voice over demo
There's lots of choice when deciding upon a producer for your voicereels. Recording a professional voice over demo is a serious investment in terms of time and money, so please do ► get in touch if you have questions or would like to book.
"I've drawn together a collection of responses and honest answers to many questions you may have when choosing a Voicereel Producer."
Probably the most important question. There are numerous routes to working in VO; I've made very clear suggestions in this guide on HOW TO START A VOICE OVER CAREER.
If you follow the advice you'll be able to set-up your career and open up the many opportunities available. My FREE VOICEOVER COURSE 'The Recorded Voice' can help you too. The wonderful stories I hear from clients over the years are from the ones who have actioned everything laid out in my programmes. There is so much work out there; it won’t come to you, you have to seek it out but when you do the exciting, lucrative and varied world of VO will open up.
If you are interested in more formalised training or regular coaching head to Voiceover Kickstart
As technology becomes cheaper, there are new voice reel providers popping up each year. This is great because I love a bit of competition. However, there is a vast chasm of difference between plugging in a microphone to really grafting over every detail of the tracks. I’ll work closely with you at every step of the way but when it comes to the production I don’t do any on the day of recording. All the time ‘in session’ is dedicated to you the performer. The production is carried out over the next few days and this is a very detailed and intricate process. For example, the Commercial Reel takes on average 6 hours to produce.
I'm not just a studio engineer with little understanding of the actual job of a pro voice actor. I have worked as a voiceover artist for over 20 years and continue to do so. You can find out more at provoiceactor.co.uk
Yes, you certainly can.
If you want 'cheap' then that is not me. But nor am I expensive. In the U.S. you can easily pay 3 times what I charge. The only way a voice-reel company can function in the bargain basement way is to limit production time (churn it out as quickly as possible) and work with many many clients a week (units on a conveyor belt). I work on a MAXIMUM of two demos a week.
I actually heard this one at a drama school workshop I was running. I’m sure your friend also has a camera – why don’t they do your headshot too?
We'll connect using Zoom audio just so that I can hear you. Ideally with 'Turn original audio on' engaged within Zoom so I can hear you at a higher quality.
You'll be recording everything locally.
I'll be directing you through each of the pieces.
At the end of the session, you will send everything to me using WeTransfer or Dropbox.
I will then begin production.
It is important that the files you deliver to me are RAW - meaning no processing whatsoever. We'll go through this and any other technical aspects during the consultation which takes place a few weeks before the recording session.
Yes, custom music and sound effects - as much as is needed and no more. Before I even hit record for the first time years ago I did extensive research into what the end-listener wants. They want to hear your voice and as an audio engineer/musician it is easy to get carried away creating something that sounds great but masks the voice.
Absolutely. We consult thoroughly and you will have full access to the Client Area. The essential preparation period gives us both time to make sure we are happy with what we will record on the day. If you are stuck in any area, I am on hand. The vast majority of clients who embark on this exciting process say they love it!
I’ve recorded around 25 languages over a 16 year period. We work together to decide on ‘best takes’.
Truly custom voiceover demos limited to just two recording sessions each week.