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April 16th 2021 is World Voice Day.And this episode is a Talking Creative Special. World Voice Day is all about celebrating the phenomenon of the voice so in this episode I bring you many voices from across the World - all celebrating one thing: Working with Voice Directors. I asked voice actors for their thoughts and stories about working with voice directors from their side of the glass - and I got back some amazing stuff. This episode is packed with actionable insights, likes and dislikes and a warning of drug abuse.  Many thanks to all these incredible voice actors who got behind this and sent in their stories and insights: Angela Colville - https://voicebyangela.com (https://voicebyangela.com) Ally Murphy - https://www.allymurphy.co.uk (https://www.allymurphy.co.uk) Bhav Parmar - https://www.voiceofbhavnisha.com (https://www.voiceofbhavnisha.com) Katie Flamman - https://www.katieflamman.co.uk (https://www.katieflamman.co.uk) Laura Doman - https://www.lauradoman.com (https://www.lauradoman.com) Lisa Graydon - https://www.lisagraydon.com (https://www.lisagraydon.com) Liz Drury - https://lizdrury.com (https://lizdrury.com) Lynne Nash - https://www.lynnenashmusic.co.uk (https://www.lynnenashmusic.co.uk) Maggie Turner - https://www.spotlight.com/9252-1202-4489 (https://www.spotlight.com/9252-1202-4489) Margaret Ashley - http://margaretashley.com (http://margaretashley.com) Menna Bonsels - https://mennabonsels.com (https://mennabonsels.com) Mitch Howell - https://www.mitchhowellvoiceover.co.uk/contact (https://www.mitchhowellvoiceover.co.uk) Nano Nagle - https://www.nanovoiceartist.co.uk (https://www.nanovoiceartist.co.uk) Rory Barnett - https://rorybarnett.com (https://rorybarnett.com) Sarah Borges - http://www.sarahborges.co.uk (http://www.sarahborges.co.uk) Stephane Cornicard - http://www.thevoicelikechocolate.com (http://www.thevoicelikechocolate.com) Tanya Rich - https://www.tanyarich.co.uk (https://www.tanyarich.co.uk) Zuleika Deciga - https://zuleikadeciga.com (https://zuleikadeciga.com) I also mention episode 9 of Talking Creative "How to make your Voiceover feel confident" - here's the link to that: https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative/09-how-to-make-your-voiceover-feel-confident/ (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative/09-how-to-make-your-voiceover-feel-confident/) And if you like the podcast - please do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
As a voiceover director, getting the best out of your voice actor is at the heart of what you do.  Being able to adapt in the moment and pull some solutions out of your voice directing box of tricks can be very useful. This week - I'm talking to Nic Redman, Voice Actor and Vocal Coach - who has got some brilliant ideas to support and enhance the average studio session. There are many different reasons why a voice artist might need extra support: Perhaps they're an author who’s narrating their own book An actor who is new to voice work An established voice who’s new to that particular genre Or perhaps they’re simply nervous or mastering an accent for the first time. Nic is all about the idea that little, simple things can make a huge difference to our voices - and in this podcast, she's sharing some of those things with you! We cover: How to relax an anxious or nervous voiceover - and why that matters Why breath is so important The physicality of voiceover delivery Interpreting copy and how it can help with delivery Working with different accents and why being specific really works Oh and so much more! Nic's new podcast "The Voice Coach Podcast" is on all the usual podcast platforms - this is just the Apple link: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-voice-coach-podcast/id1551530536 And if you'd like to work with her, you can find her here: https://nicolaredman.com Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
Storytelling is big right now. Stories are relatable and they connect us - so it makes sense to create a natural, easy storytelling feel from your voiceover artist. That's quite straightforward when it’s an audiobook, a game or an audiodrama.  But how do you achieve it with corporate work? This week's episode has got you covered! We look at 5 things to consider when you're tackling corporate work: Casting The script Briefing Directing Post production New ideas about how to make your videos, commercials and e-learning modules really connect with your listeners. Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
The audiobook industry is booming. Listening to books has never been more popular - fact or fiction, we all love a good listen. But finding the right narrator is a complex art. In this episode, I'm talking to Amber Bates from Orion Books about the part she plays in getting a book from a manuscript and into our ears. We cover all kinds of stuff, including Casting - and who is involved in the process What to look for in your audiobook narrator The listener and why they're so important How to work with the author Studios vs home studios Directing your narrator We also look specifically at https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=the+six+tales+of+christmas&crid=1REBE2A7XE3NM&sprefix=the+six+tales%2Caps%2C157&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-a-p_1_13 (The Six Tales of Christmas) (also available from your independent bookseller), narrated by https://www.beeaudio.com/narrator/karen-cass#:~:text=A%20highly%20skilled%20narrator%20with,Isis%20Audio%20and%20Soundings%20Ltd%2C (Karen Cass) and written by https://twitter.com/amryanauthor (Anne Marie Ryan). Yes - it's a bit late/ridiculously early - but it's always Christmas in my heart ;-D Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
Do Voice Actors Need Experienced Directors?At first glance, this seems a surprising statement to even be debating - but with budgets being increasingly squeezed across the creative industries, voice actors are finding that they're being directed by all kinds of people from production teams - not necessarily experienced directors. Voice Directors have a unique and precious skillset. So - along with the insights and comments from a number of voice actors and industry professionals - this is the subject that I'm tackling this week on Talking Creative. There were 4 main themes that emerged: Directors are the bridge between the actor and the client; Directors have the creative overview of the whole piece; Directors improve the quality of an actor’s performance through collaboration; Experienced directors know how to work with actors to build the layers of a nuanced, engaging performance quickly and efficiently - producing brilliant results AND saving time and money. Many thanks to everyone who got involved and helped me to create this New Year Special despite lockdown, New Year celebrations and birthdays - I couldn't do it without you! With special thanks to: Margaret Ashley, Curt Bonnem, Natalie Chisholm, Stephane Cornicard, Adam Dergiman, Katie Flamman, Kirsty Gillmore, John Grayson, Will Harrison-Wallace, Anthony Hewson, Dave Jones, Lanessa VO, Ally Murphy, Joel Pettigrew, Tanya Rich, Lisa Stokke Jolly and Susie Valerio. Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far :)
Audiobooks are incredible. Fact or fiction - great storytelling is an art. But what is it about a really good narrator that works and how do they learn how to pull the listener into their story? The answer - as with most things in life - is because they’ve worked at it: they’ve learnt their craft. Which is where a great audiobook coach comes in.  In this episode, I’m talking to Sean Pratt - multi-award-winning narrator, actor and coach - who has voiced over 1000 Audiobooks for companies including Penguin, Blackstone, Tantor and Harper Collins. There’s not much Sean doesn’t know about the craft of the audiobook. If you want to find out how to get the most out of your audiobook narrators - this is an amazing Masterclass. Amongst other things, we look at: Actors and audio narration The challenges of narrating non-fiction; Coaching professional voices and why it matters; How to work with inexperienced voices; Top tips for voice directors to help their narrators to really shine; And you'll discover why he's called The Ginger Yoda :)   You can find out more about Sean here: https://www.seanprattpresents.com (https://www.seanprattpresents.com) Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
Casting the right narrator for your audiobook is important - but should you be thinking beyond the obvious if you want to reach new audiences? For instance - would The Great Gatsby still work if the audiobook narrator was neither American nor male? ⁣ Audiobooks are booming during 2020. Whether that’s because we need entertainment, escapism or comfort right now… whatever the reason: audio is big news.  Audiobooks are finding new audiences – young audio-fans, listeners who don’t usually buy books and readers listening to titles that they wouldn’t pick up in print. So should we be thinking beyond the conventional when it comes to casting for audiobooks? And if so - what does that really mean? That's what I'm talking about in this episode of Talking Creative. The Guardian Article: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/14/pandemic-drives-ebook-and-audiobook-sales-by-uk-publishers-to-all-time-high-covid (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/14/pandemic-drives-ebook-and-audiobook-sales-by-uk-publishers-to-all-time-high-covid) The National Literary Trust Report 2020: https://literacytrust.org.uk/research-services/research-reports/children-young-people-and-audiobooks-lockdown/ (https://literacytrust.org.uk/research-services/research-reports/children-young-people-and-audiobooks-lockdown/) Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
This episode of Talking Creative is all about getting your voiceover to feel confident. But why is this so important - surely they just need to bob into the booth and deliver? Well - yes - this is true. But confident, relaxed people generally perform better when they're feeling good - they're braver and bolder - which is great for creative work. In this episode we cover 10 practical ways for you to get the best performance out of your voice actor during a directing session, including: Direct, but don't act for them How to perfect the art of saying "I love that, now let's also try this..." Creating a collaborative atmosphere Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
Winning awards can elevate your career, open new doors and impress your boss. With an eye on PromaxUK - this week, Talking Creative looks at what makes a winning promo and how important is the Voiceover in the mix? This episode was recorded in November 2020 - in the week of the historic US Presidential Elections and the annual PromaxUK Awards Ceremony. We discuss Why winning awards is not just a bit of industry fun - it can really make a difference Current Trends in UK Promos and how voiceovers fit in Do professional voices really make a big difference? Useful Episodes: 02 - Where to Find the Perfect Voiceover Artist https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative/02-where-to-find-the-perfect-voiceover-artist/ (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative/02-where-to-find-the-perfect-voiceover-artist/) 05 - Voice Artists, Commercials and How to Make Your Message Heard https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative/05-talking-creative-podcast-voice-artists-commercials-and-how-to-make-your-message-heard/ (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative/05-talking-creative-podcast-voice-artists-commercials-and-how-to-make-your-message-heard/) Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
Every director wants to work with professional voiceovers who are fully trained, understand what’s needed and can reproduce what they promise on their reels. So in this episode - I’m talking about the importance of voice coaching this week with British voiceover and coach Tanya Rich.  We look at: Why voice coaching is increasingly important for all pro voiceovers How to spot a trained voice artist How to get the most out of your voice actor What makes a good voice director Tanya is the voice coach behind the Rich List and RichCraft Voice Training - here are the details: The Rich List https://richcraft.biz/the-rich-list/ (https://richcraft.biz/the-rich-list/) RichCraft https://richcraft.biz/ (https://richcraft.biz/) Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
Have you ever wanted to book a professional voice for a project and thought - "I haven’t got the faintest idea how much a voice artist costs. And I don’t know where to start." Then How Much Does a Professional Voice Artist Really Cost is the episode for you. We're looking at professional voiceover rates in 4 key areas - and talking real costs: Audiobooks, Corporate narration, E-learning and Telephone Messaging/IVR. There's also a ton of information that will help you calculate costs in other voiceover genres too - as well as useful online guide to voiceover rates Worldwide: The Gravy for the Brain Rate Card https://rates.gravyforthebrain.com (https://rates.gravyforthebrain.com) Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
I love a good television ad - and this week, that's what I've been thinking about! In this episode I'm looking at TV advertising and commercials - why the ad industry is struggling and discussing how voiceovers can help with their messaging and cut-through. I also look at current trends in voiceover delivery - and consider why reassuring, caring voices are popular right now as well as the conversational voice. Here are the links to the adverts: John Lewis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5_0Jl_tKOQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5_0Jl_tKOQ) IKEA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQSgf3_5KBk&t=23s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQSgf3_5KBk&t=23s) Yorkshire Tea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iehQIDBKu0I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iehQIDBKu0I) Carex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VoRPaXJXP0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VoRPaXJXP0) Apple Watch Series 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCMnrssX1NE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCMnrssX1NE) Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
In this episode, we're looking at Remote Recording Sessions and how to approach them as a voice director. We'll be chatting about: Why remote directing is so important right now Setting up and running a successful and creative remote directed session How to link up with your voice with remote connection software like SourceConnect, Cleanfeed, SessionLink Pro, etc Helpful Links: Link to episode 01 - Why you need the right Voiceover: https://player.captivate.fm/episode/11db5122-9c51-4402-b743-edc25f946923 (https://player.captivate.fm/episode/11db5122-9c51-4402-b743-edc25f946923) Link to episode 03 - How to Brief your Voiceover Artist: https://player.captivate.fm/episode/f945370c-8b58-43a7-bdf1-b64ca3a2b066 (https://player.captivate.fm/episode/f945370c-8b58-43a7-bdf1-b64ca3a2b066) Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts or Go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative (https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative) for the whole series so far.
In this episode, we're looking at how to creatively brief your voiceover artist - and why it makes such a difference. We'll be chatting about: The reasons for briefing your voice actor before the recording session and what a good creative brief needs to cover - including 6 key steps: Who is your Listener?  Why is your voice talking to them and what do you want them to do or feel?   What role is your voiceover playing?  How do you want your voiceover to sound? Make sure your script is really ready. Useful assets - music, animatics and rough cuts, references. Timelines or deliverables. Useful apps and websites for pronouncations: https://forvo.com (https://forvo.com) https://howjsay.com (https://howjsay.com) Also the Oxford English Dictionary plus audio - OED App Useful adjectives: A list of useful words that might help in the briefing process: Warm, friendly, concerned, emotionless, comic, serious, quirky, hip, sassy, trustworthy, calm, slapstick, cool, booming , sassy, movie-trailer, compassionate, soothing, confident, light-hearted, concerned, dry, emotionless, authoritative, straight-forward, sultry, not sultry, quirky, believable, engaging, clear, bright, mature, young, classy, excited. Do subscribe rate and review "Talking Creative - the Art of Voiceover Directing" on Apple Podcasts. Or go to: https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative for the whole series to date.
In this episode we're looking at where to find your perfect voice actor. We'll be chatting about the main ways of finding voice talent including: Agents Specialist agencies Pay to Play sites Casting Directors Google Social Media And Word of Mouth Being really clear on your project, timeline, budget and the kind of voice you're looking for will really help you.   Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative" on Apple Podcasts. Or go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative for the whole series to date.
In today's episode we're going to be looking at why you need the right voiceover - and not just any voiceover. And we also chat about who you are really making your audiobook or narration or museum guide for.  Clue: it's not you or your client. We'll be chatting about: How professional voice actors make your business or product literally sound better - and make you or your client more sales. How to work out who is the right voiceover for you. Why getting inside your audience's head is so important. And why generic voices often end up speaking to no one in particular. Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative" on Apple Podcasts. Or go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative for the whole series to date.
In this first short trailer episode you'll find out what the podcast is all about, who Samantha Boffin is - and why you should be listening. The clue is in the title - Talking Creative is all about the art of voiceover directing. If you're a creative, a voice director or you work with voice actors or you simply want to know more about the world of voiceovers and how it all works - then this podcast is for you. We'll be looking across the industry at everything from corporate, commercial and e-learning to audiobooks, radio drama, gaming and animation. And we'll also be looking at the world of voiceover from a creative angle - talking to directors, voices and creatives who work in the industry every day to find out what works for them. You'll also find out who I am, my background at the BBC as a Creative Head and what I bring to the voiceover party. Talking Creative is going to grow to be a mix of solo and guest interviews - and it's focussed on helping you to get the most value out of every. single. booking. I definitely don't know everything about this amazing industry but hopefully I know enough to ask the right questions to help you find the right answers. Do subscribe, rate and review "Talking Creative" on Apple Podcasts. Or go to https://samanthaboffin.co.uk/talkingcreative for the whole series to date.
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Created by
Samantha Boffin
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Sep 30th, 2020
Latest Episode
Apr 16th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
17
Avg. Episode Length
22 minutes
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No
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Episodic
Language
English

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