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What's Your Most Memorable Voiceover Gig?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 29, 2011

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Man recording a voiceover; pop filter, microphoneWhen you think about all of the voiceover jobs you have done over the years, what comes to mind as being the most memorable?

I asked a number of people this question and received a variety of interesting responses.

Hear about some memorable work and share memories of your own in today's edition of VOX Daily!

Memorable Gigs

What creates memorable experiences? Usually it is something that touches you on a personal level or a unique experience.

Anita Bonita shared that her most memorable job was recording a voiceover for a relaxation video for critically and terminally ill kids. "I barely made it through without crying," she said.

Oftentimes the most memorable job is the first one you ever record. This holds true for both Dan Deslaurier and Carole Richards.

Dan's most memorable job was voicing a Union soldier for a Civil War documentary. Carole's was a voiceover that was broadcast a couple of days after she recorded and received payment for her work.

What's Ralph Hass' most memorable job? Being the official television imaging voice artist for the National Hockey League's (NHL) franchise team the Buffalo Sabres! Hailing from British Columbia, Canada doesn't stop his pipes from calling the shots imaging wise for a second.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Sometimes the work that you do requires you to travel.

Diane Maggipinto's most memorable voiceover job was for Time Warner Cable business class (suite of office products) in a continuing campaign over one summer a few years ago. Diane relates, "I came out of the woods in Washington State after a remote cabin stay, got the voicemail about booking the gig, drove to a spot where I had a secure cell connection and called in for details. They were: Return to Utah, board a plane for a previously-planned meetup with my sister in Hawaii, and make arrangements after arriving on the big island to fly to Oahu for a studio session in Honolulu. It was a daylong adventure, a great session, and unforgettable!"

Speaking of beaches, Jaye Delai's most memorable gig has been reported as being the voice of Beachbody's newest workout "The Asylum."

Getting Animated

In this line of work you can be anything from a talking squirrel to a whistling kettle to a mythical creature. Herb Merriweather has been voicing a number of characters and cites his work on Vipo and Friends: Surviving Time Island as his baptism of fire, saying "I was honored and blessed to work with industry giants my first time out (some of whom actually still talk to me) and it was a springboard to other great opportunities."

Melba Sibrel also has memories of work in animation. She says, "I think it'd have to be when I was hired by a music producer to do character voice SINGING for the North American cast of The Tweenies -- since I don't really sing! At the end of the exhausting multi-month project I asked the producer why he hired me. He said, 'What you lack in pitch you more than make up for in enthusiasm.'"

Voiceover is a wonderful way to perform as an actor without physical casting limitations such as how old you are or how you appear. Lisa Biggs is one of those voice talent whose voice is able to sound much younger than her actual age. On more than one occasion she has been asked to be the 'younger sibling' to an actual child, adding "I love working with kids in the studio, they're so much fun!! Also, my first national commercial I worked as a 'kid' alongside the legendary pipes of Mr. Barry White, that was pretty exciting too!!"

Every Gig is Memorable!

Many people had difficulty choosing what their most memorable voiceover job was simply because each and every project they have been part of has stayed with them.

Ella J. Holly and Matilda Novak both hold this perspective. Ella shared, "Every one of them...even the ones that drive you crazy. Still hard for me to believe you can love your work so much and get paid for it. Every one is a great gift."

What's Your Most Memorable Gig?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Comments


    Read with interest the comments of voices about memorable gigs. I was particularly touched by the experience of Anita Bonita. My most memorable one was not for a client and no money was involved. It was when I did my new show reel. The studio had suggested a read a piece called "Genocide". Nothing to do with the Holocaust or Serbia, but Turkey circa 1915 when millions of Armenians were massacred by Turkish troops. I have to say it took me a bit of time to 'center' myself when reading THAT account. Us human folk can be awful!

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      I agree with Don, these things can be affecting. I choke up and blub occasionally!

      Best gig? Well, as they say in another context, it’s the First Time you always remember.
      Aside from that, mine was a quiet audioguide for the gorgeous Oliwa Cathedral in Gdansk. I have not been there, but a vivid and scholarly script by Mexpo plus some photos pulled up on Google had me absolutely ‘there’ for the duration of the read, and I still feel I have actually toured the place.

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        Does voice over jobs requires traveling?

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        • Brooklyn
        • October 11, 2011 5:41 PM

          Hi Brooklyn,

          Thank you for commenting and for your question.

          Typically voice over jobs do not require traveling, however, they may be the odd instance where a company wants you to record at their studio and requests your presence. Jobs done in major centers like New York and Los Angeles might be more studio-centric because of the nature of the business in those cities but that is more the exception than the rule considering how much voice over work is available in general around the globe.

          Take care,

          Stephanie

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