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Ever had the chance to go back and look at work you've done in the past, only to realize what you might have done differently? There are only six lines in this commercial I voiced for Leon's Furniture, Canada, in 2012, but three of those lines, I would do over. I would finesse it and make more natural. While I received great feedback at the time, I would give it a failing grade today. Given what I now know and hear, I would change the following in the first three lines: Pitch - like a song, the melody needs to be taken[...]

May 2015

When talking to others, in casual conversation or a formal setting, being aware of where you put the emphasis on your words is important to communicate more clearly and effectively and to avoid misunderstanding. I’m a stickler for HOW people speak. And, word emphasis fascinates me because it changes the meaning of a sentence, phrase, or idea, simply with the tone, energy, modulation of our voice. Consider this sentence with the emphasis on each separate word: HOW do you know Bessie Smith? How DO you know Bessie Smith? How do YOU know Bessie Smith? How do you KNOW Bessie Smith? How[...]

The written word can be so beautifully expressive, entertaining, and educational. However, the spoken word, and even non-verbal communication, can add so much more intent to a conversation, something that is glaringly missing in email … or even in a script. Just as a picture says a thousand words, the tone of voice says so much. Are you able to get a "sense" of someone when you meet them, talk to them, engage with them? Whether it's a teller, a cashier, your best friend, or your partner I know that everyone has a sense of what another person is "feeling" through[...]

Apr 2014

When interpreting a voice-over script, I always need to take into consideration any direction I am given.  Before uttering a word, I scan the script for direction details. For example, a client might simply write “happy, upbeat”, or “with a smile”, or “testimonial style”.  These are all very easy to fulfill.  I welcome the opportunity to interpret the direction to the best of my ability. Sometimes, I am given no direction at all, but am simply forwarded a script.  I quite love that.  I am given the freedom to decipher it myself.  I always look at the advertiser, take into consideration the[...]

Mar 2014

In the study of Meditation, we are taught to be in the “pause”.  Simply, this means to allow for space between thoughts. In voice-overs, equally important is the pause, also between thoughts, phrases, or sentences. Working with thousands of scripts over the years, I am always refining the pause, perfecting the timing.   It feels intuitive, something you just know.  But whether innate or learned, the rhythm of a script is indeed musical.  As each script hums along, slow and thoughtful or quick and high energy, the pauses are of utmost importance in bringing it to life, at times making it sound conversational,[...]

Tone of voice is pretty much everything in the business of voice-overs.  I am often amazed at how many different voices and feelings I can express, simply with a shift in my tone.  Even within one sentence, I can change my tone to offer my clients very different interpretations of their scripts. When recording an audition, I (used to) record my name at the end of my audition. That is, I recorded the script sample and then, in the same tone of voice, I recorded my name which I then cut and paste to the beginning of the audition.  That ensured that I'd[...]

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