A week ago, I received an unexpected job offer to provide my voice for a commercial.
The job happened on Friday. It was so cool that I won’t mind solely doing this for a living.
Of course, like acting, you’re still subject to uncertainty and long waiting times between jobs, so it’s not a sure carerer.
But in voice work, at least, the audition processs is more or less eliminated so it’s less hassle. All you need to do is submit your voice samples via e-mail and wait for good news.
I can’t tell you the details yet, but the job was for an Internet commercial.
Me with the creative team from Ogilvy & Mather.
The recording was done at The Gunnery, which does audio for all kinds of productions.
Two months back, I had gone for a voice performance workshop at The Gunnery to learn about doing voiceovers for TV and radio commercials.
It was just one of those things I do because I like to learn new stuff. I never really thought I’d have the chance to be a professional voice artist, especially since I hate the sound of my own voice.
I’m not entirely new to voice work, of course, having provided many voiceovers for my own acting performances and commercials, but those were kind of like tag-on assignments, so they’re not really counted.
I did voice over one beauty salon TV commercial many years ago but it was more a favour for someone than anything else.
But I guess attending the workshop paid off because it got me this job.
In the workshop, we learnt how to tweak our voices in dozens of subtle ways to achieve effects desired by clients. We learnt tricks on how to sound a certain way by doing certain physical actions.
We also recorded several samples of us reading actual commercial scripts.
Me with Evan Roberts, creative director of The Gunnery.
Evan was our coach at the workshop. He also directed my performance on Friday and did the sound engineering. He’s amazingly talented as well as patient and awesome. I can’t wait to work with him again!
Well, as much as I hate my voice, this is something I don’t mind pursuing. I mean, if there are people who like my voice, I’m using it.
The work is challenging, fun and immensely satisfying when you get it right. Sometimes, your voice just refuses to come out the way you want it and then it’s all wrong, and you have to do it over and over.
I wonder if I’ll get more jobs after this?