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Author: Kenn

Keep Your Comments to Yourself!

If there is one thing that gets a voice talent’s goat, it’s a printed script that is a jumble of comments and markups: it’s impossible to read, and you’ll lose precious session time as the voice manually crosses out junk …

The Oxford Comma

The clients are in the control room, the voice talent is in the recording booth, everyone is ready for the magic to happen. “OK, we’re recording. This is Generic Script, Take 1.” The voice talent opens their mouth, out come …

Pick Two, Any Two

It’s an tried and true axiom – there are 3 options in any business transaction. Quality Speed Cost Clients can have any 2, but never all 3. In our voice work, we do not compromise – we record with a Neumann TLM103 …

How to Say 2017?

When the year comes up in a script, I’ve noticed half of of the time, the client & voice will have a quick discussion over how to say “2017” – two-thousand-and-seven or twenty-seventeen. At the turn of the millennium, everyone knew …

Neutral English – Does it Exist?

I get a LOT of requests for English language recordings and the client wants a “neutral accent”. My first reply is that they need to define ‘neutral’, because in my experience, there is no such thing. English is a brilliant language – …

Think Different… ly. What to do with bad copy in a script

After I posted about how to prep a translated script for recording, a reader asked what to do when confronted by bad copy in a script. Specifically, bad grammar, but it could apply to many aspects of a script, whether …

Script Prep for Translations

If you are recording a script that has to be translated into in a new langauge, here is our system for having a smooth session. For this discussion, let’s assume you have a script in English and you need to voice …

Child Voices

The old showbiz adage holds true to this day – never work with kids and animals. Why? Cos they’ll show you up. Kids are notoriously difficult to direct, from a voice perspective you’ll have to live with whatever junior decides …

What’s the $ breakdown of my iPhone X?

You’d be laughed right out of a minimalist Apple Store if you asked for a breakdown of the cost of one of their products. The transaction is simple – Apple decides on a price tag, and if you’re happy, you buy it. …

Turn Grammar Checker On!

This is an awkward one. Mid-session as the voice is reading the script, a glaring grammatical error is read out: not a mistake by the voice talent, but a grammatical error in the copy of the script. What to do? …