Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Move over Don Pardo

Slate has a really fascinating article on the men and women who do commercial voice-over work, and the changes happening within the industry (for example, more celebrities lending their voices - Jeff Daniels for Duracell, Gene Hackman for Lowe's, Julia Roberts for AOL, and more emphasis on "real people" voices instead of the old-school "Voice of God" baritone announcer-types).

Lots of sample clips and amusing voice descriptions ("Versatile voice: warm authority to intimate seduction to caring "real person". Upscale sophisticate and perky best friend also part of the mix.", "Specialty Voice Types - Dry wit, Big Announcer, Dripping sarcasm, Slow serious") at Voiceovers Unlimited as well as, two voice talent agencies.

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