I love my coffee first thing in the morning. A very strong Nescafe Gold blend (with one sweetener, thanks) is necessary before anything will truly function properly in the Paul Berry brain (though I am sure that some would disagree that even that would help). But coffee, for all it's perks and caffeine based benefits, has its drawbacks: it can be a nightmare for the voice talent.
Well, it's probably not coffee but more the milk (semi skimmed or otherwise). Apparently, milk may be good for you but for this poor British male voiceover and for voice talent all over the globe, it is the kiss of death. Milk can make your voice clicky and sticky and that can lead to all sorts of unwanted noises in your recordings which can be a total pig to edit out, especially when they are smack in the middle of what would otherwise be the perfect take.
Alas, this is my job so the 6.45am coffee is the first and last one of the day now with fruit and herbal teas Voiceover Paul's beverage of choice these days. How rock and roll. I just hope my clients appreciate the sacrifice I am making!
It may not seem that long ago that I was getting quite stressed and hassled about recording voiceovers in the attic of my old terraced house and having to negotiate all sorts of sound issues but believe it or not it is now over a year since the old studio was abandoned and the Berry clan moved into our lovely new house, together of course with the whole new adventure of creating a new studio for me to record hopefully the first of many a British male voiceover in the new house. Well, thankfully, the new studio construction went swiftly and we had a new Voiceover booth up and running in a week, so there was not too much in the way of interruption to the voiceover work.
So a year has passed and the booth is serving me very well indeed. We now have the fantastic ipDTL installed and the clients seem very happy indeed with the results including many new European clients. I do sometimes miss thje views of the Trough of Bowland from the old attic window but that is about all that I miss. The new Paul Berry voiceover recording studio sounds better, is spider free and is does need a loft ladder to access. Here's to another year of great voiceover work. If you want to hear what the new studio sounds like, just visit my voiceover website.
Some people hate it when you start talking about Christmas when Summer has only just finished, but when it comes to voiceovers and Christmas then you really have to plan early, at least that's what I am doing this year. back in 2012, I never really considered that there would be much of a market for a Santa voiceover or Father Christmas voice-over but you tend to hear them everywhere. You hear Santa voiceovers on the radio, TV, instore at the supermarket....pretty much everywhere.
This year I am determined to get at least one Santa voiceover themed job (makes a change from cheeses) so I have recorded a Santa voice demo which you can listen to here. Of course, I am sure I can come up with anything else Christmasified (is that a word? Ed) such as robin, reindeer or snowman voices.
If your project needs a Christmassy Santa voiceover then do get in touch I shal 'ho ho ho' have a go! Visit my website www.voiceoverpaul.co.uk for more details.