By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 1, 2010
September is National Voice Over Appreciation Month!
A voice over is a spoken word performance given by an actor who is heard but not seen. Voice overs are produced most often to educate, inform or entertain and can be heard via many different mediums such as broadcast, video games, film, telephony, audiobooks and more.
If you've ever heard a voice over and were the better for it, now is the time to celebrate!
Voices.com is pleased to help spread the word about what's going on and also share how you can get involved.
What's a Voice Over?
What is a voice over and why might you appreciate voice overs?
A voice over (also referred to as "VO") is a recorded vocal performance that can be heard in advertisements on radio, television and on the Internet. Voice overs are also consumed via educational materials, public service announcements, narration, talking toys, character voices in cartoons and more.
The human voice is not only part of who we are but plays an important role in how we communicate and express ourselves. Voice over narration tells a story, and when most effective, reaches not only our ears but our hearts.
Because of the nature of voice over, it is sometimes easy to forget that there are people behind the voices. That being said, National Voice Over Appreciation Month is also a time to recognize professional voice over talent and their work.
How We're Celebrating
At Voices.com, we're celebrating Voice Over Appreciation Month in a number of ways, including an Open House at the Voices.com Offices, hosting a gathering of voice over professionals and producers and through our sponsorship of the US-based voice over unconference FaffCon. We are also pleased to sponsor and be present at Voices of Vision, a Canadian voice over training and networking event to be held in Toronto on September 23-25, 2010.
What Can You Do?
à¹ Talk to someone outside of the industry about voice overs
à¹ Do some listening exercises and write about voice overs that appeal to you
à¹ Share links relevant to voice over material or educational resources on social networks
à¹ Get together and network with other voice artists locally
à¹ Participate in one of the many events taking place this month
à¹ Hug a voice talent
Where To Learn More
Dave Courvoisier spearheaded this initiative and we're grateful that he did! To learn more about National Voice Over Appreciation Month (or dare I say International Voice Over Appreciation Month!), visit:
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