By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 29, 2011
When 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!
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.
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.
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."
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!!"
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."
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