When I worked in radio I was the go-to guy when there was 42 seconds of copy that needed to be read in 30 seconds. It was the same at every station I ever worked for.
When it comes to radio and TV spots, the timing is firm. You’ve got :15, :30, or :60 seconds to get the job done. Continue reading Script Tip: Timing Specifics
Tis the season for sales!
Christmas sales. Boxing Day sales. New Years sales. Year end blowout sales.
One thing all of those sales have in common… prices.
Tale Of Two Prices
Whether they’re in commercials, videos or on hold messages, those prices are going to be in many of the voice over scripts you’ll write (if you’re a Voice Seeker) or receive (if you’re a Voice Talent) over the next few weeks.
So let me ask you, how do you say $29.95?
Would that be twenty nine – ninety five?
Or would that be twenty nine dollars and ninety five cents?
Write It Out
If you’re sending a script to a voice talent, make sure you’re clear on how you want the prices said. That way there’s no confusion.
As a talent, if I know exactly how you want it said, that helps me get your audio right the first time. That means no retakes, no time wasted, and more time gained for you on your deadline.
Since we’re on the subject, you’ll want to do the same for phone numbers too.
Here’s wishing you incredible success with all your holiday sales this year!
When I get a new voice over script, the very first thing I do is read it over and look for anything that might trip me up.
This could include grammar errors, spelling errors, misplaced words, or words that I simply have no clue how to pronounce. I want to make sure I’ve got all of those things sorted out before I start recording. If I come across anything I’m unsure of, I check with my client right away. Continue reading Sounds Like… Rhymes With… 5 Ways To Help A Voice Talent Out
I’m guessing you’ve been here before. Client instructions: “Here’s the final script. Please record and deliver the audio in WAV format. Oh, and we need this to be under :60 seconds.”
No problem, right? Wrong! Continue reading When The Script Is Too Long
As a producer or voice seeker you’ve got a lot on your plate. From conception to completion of your project I can appreciate that there are many details you need to sort through. Hiring a voice actor is only one of them. That, in and of itself, can be a huge task simply based on the volume of auditions you may receive. Continue reading Providing A Voice Over Only Script