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Masterclass Podcasts

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Here are your exclusive masterclasses, especially created for Hush Hush Voiceovers subscribers. We really hope you find these podcasts useful and that you enjoy them. Happy listening!

 

How to create a character for an inanimate object

Need to sound like a baked bean? A rusty car? A virus? No problem. In this podcast, Emma Clarke explains her technique for creating memorable characters for inanimate objects. Learn the basic vocal techniques needed to convey character traits and quirks. Essential listening for anyone working in the audio industry.

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Essential do’s and don’t from a leading producer

Award-winning producer Paul Carter shares his insight and experience on what it takes to be a great voiceover. How should you present yourself in session and what are the big no-nos.

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Pronunciation issues – how to spot them and nail a script

Remakes are often caused by pronunciation issues where a tricky word, place name, acronym or person’s name has been mispronounced. Emma Clarke talks us through how to spot a pronunciation issue and what you can do to minimise pickups.

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The psychology of a professional voiceover

What mindset do you need to hack it as a professional voiceover? Emma Clarke explains the everyday life of a voiceover and how to handle working remotely in a home studio.

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Spotting mistakes in scripts – how to cut down on remakes

Many scripts are booby-trapped with mistakes which can often lead to remakes. Emma Clarke shares her experience on how to spot errors and reduce pickups.

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Why do tongue twisters help voiceovers develop their craft?

Having good articulation is a must for any voiceover and practising tongue twisters can help hone your skills. Emma Clarke shares her favourites and explains why they’re so effective.

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The power and prejudice of Received Pronunciation. How did RP evolve?

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Why are some words so difficult to say fast? Learn about consonant formation.

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Global Radio’s Ben Davis gives us an overview of what Global want from voiceovers

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Matt Hopper talks about voicing, producing, presenting and copywriting for radio.

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Script Library

Amazing Homes Radio Commercial

This script is for a housing developer and is aimed at families. Keep it bright and breezy while adding a bit of sell too. Say the phone number as clearly as you can but the main call-to-action is the web address, so showcase that part. It’s quite tight for time, so keep a check on how long your read is. It needs to be 30 seconds. Imagine that the client is insisting on keeping all the words in the script. And that they give you the direction “Can you go quicker but sound slower?” Yep, this stuff happens in real life, people.

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Bumper TV scripts

Bumper scripts are the short sponsored announcements you’ll see on TV just before a show begins. They’re usually very short – about 6 seconds. The client will want you to push the brand, invoke all the brand values in the subtext of the bumper…and get it all into time. The TV execs want it to be ‘on brand’ for their TV station too, so you have two clients to satisfy. Sounds like fun? You betcha.

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Family Friendly Theme Park Radio Ad

This punchy radio ad has to fizz with energy and fun. The music for this one – once the client’s finally chosen it – will be fast-paced with lots of sassy guitar and rock drums, so your read has to match that style. You’re appealing to mums and kids alike. Go, go, go!

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Fostering Radio Ad

This one has to sound empathic, gentle, reassuring but professional. Try it two ways: firstly, as if you’re a foster parent encouraging others to consider fostering…and then as a representative of the company suggesting fostering to the audience. See what techniques you use to contrast the two styles.

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Generic Wedding Radio ad

This ad must sound classy. The venue is gorgeous and the hotel manager is keen to present the venue as the area’s leading quality hotel. It’s got to sound effortless, stylish and not too posh. It’s got to sound accessible to local people and mustn’t sound stuffy or condescending. Oh, and add some dreamy romance to your voice too. It’s advertising a milestone event in someone’s life and should be a perfect day.

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On-hold script for a hotel

Try this script in two ways: professional and corporate and then secondly as a more conversational read. First time round make sure your articulation is clear. For the second style, feel free to ‘knock the corners’ off it.

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Project Management app web script

This is a script that’s going on the client’s website and also on YouTube. You’re lucky that there’s no duration on this script as the client is going to animate the visuals to fit the voiceover. This is a rare luxury! Read it with pauses where you think there’ll be visuals demonstrating what’s just been said. This will make the edit much easier for the client. Have fun!

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Radio Station branding package

Usually station branding package scripts go on for pages and pages but for a practice script, we’ve kept this one quite short. There’s direction on the script with some ideas as to how you can stretch your skills and change the delivery. Radio station branding (also known as ‘imaging’ packages) is a subtle art and are a big part of a station’s commercial identity. For this reason, understandably imaging producers can be very specific and often quite picky.

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Safe Compliance radio ad

Commercials that are about legislative compliance are always fairly serious – they’re always about serious issues. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to read them in a very straight unemotional way. (In fact, that might sound quite scary on air!) Try this script in two ways: authoritative, then friendly but professional. See what vocal techniques you use to change your voice for each read.

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The Generic Store radio ad

This is a difficult price/product commercial with some very strange manufacturer names! Your job is to push the price, the products and the free offers without sounding aggressive. Make each product sound like a fantastic not-to-be-missed deal. And good luck getting it into time! (It’s a tough twenty seconder).

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Video Library

Here’s a collection of dummy commercials to help you practice your sound-to-picture (S2P) skills. OK, so they’re not high art…but not many commercials are, unless you’re really lucky and bag a huge campaign. Each video has been specially created to present challenges to the voiceover. Here’s how to tackle them:

  • Watch them through
  • Read the script
  • Now try doing both at the same time, hitting all the right points in the visuals.

Good luck!

 

Generic Water

This ad is all about freedom, fitness and…well, water. As you read it, try to embody a sense of energy and vibrancy into your voice. Add just a touch of sexy smoulder too, please.

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Generic Travel

This one’s tough. There are lots of edits and some of them are quite difficult to hit on time, especially as it’s deliberately not been edited on the beat of the music. The vibe is fresh, outdoorsy and is appealing to couples and singles. And just like in real life the ‘ATOL protected’ bit has to go really fast.

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Génerique Perfume

We’ll admit that this one’s a bit cheesy. But that doesn’t mean your read has to be cheesy. In fact, quite the opposite. Imagine that the client has told you that this global campaign has to evoke class, luxury and yes, a hint of mystery. Experiment with whispering the brand name too. Try to read it in the most understated way you can.

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Silent corporate infomercial

Often voiceovers don’t get to hear the music that’ll go with their read, which is why we’ve given you this silent film to use. (Many clients don’t choose their music until after the voice is laid down). It’s corporate so try it in a few styles, imagining different kinds of music behind you. Go for a progressive style, then go aspirational, and then try conversational. See how many different treatments you can give the script. Oh, and some of the edits are quite tricky. Enjoy!

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Corporate infomercial…this time, with music!

And here’s the same film, with some music to help you define the voice style. This time go for a friendly informal-yet-professional read.

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Generic Store Advert

This is fresh, no-frills price/product ad for a supermarket. The commercial is all about simplicity and reliable freshness. It’s aimed at mums who love a bargain. This works as a straight, bright announcer style but also try it in an accent. Give it a bit of character and see if you can bring anything else to the read.

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Pro Voiceover demo library

A great way to learn the craft of being a pro voiceover is to listen to the work of successful artists. We’ve selected the demos of some of the best voiceovers in the business. Have a listen and hear how they use their voices. This will help you assess your own skill-level and, if you listen to your own work with a critical ear, will help you figure out how to develop.

Posy Brewer

Hush Hush Voiceovers Posy Brewer smilingPosy has voiced many campaigns in all areas of the voiceover industry and been the voice for numerous household names since 1999. She trained at The Oxford School of Drama so is a real Voice Actor and can adapt very well from being your natural straight voice, a wacky character in an animation, computer voice in a video game, little girl or boy, husky promo voice to a corporate voice with an upbeat feel in your web video.

Her clients include:
Sky, Fisher Price, Virgin Media, Nickelodeon, MTV, M&S, American Express, Disney, Nokia, Sony, Barclays Bank, IBM, House of Fraser, National Geographic, Cancer Research UK, BBC, Sainsbury’s, Virgin Holidays, Qatar Airways, Britvic, HSBC, Paramount, Nescafe, Discovery Channel, BBC Radio 3 & 4, BBC Learning. Posy can also be heard on many local & national radio and TV commercials


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Trish Jarman

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You’ll find Trish in her home studio most days, but her voice travels far and wide, from tv ads to trains, web commentaries to phone systems in the UK and around the world.
Amongst all her technical contraptions and paraphernalia, Trish offers ISDN, ipdtl, and Source Connect for voicing live sessions and Adobe Audition for self record scripts. So how has she reach the point of being left talking to herself in a soundproofed room?

She has a degree in English, and started out as an ad agency copywriter. As she enjoyed writing radio ads best, she got herself a job as a commercial producer, working for several radio stations. This background has helped her to understand the process as a whole, from the point of view of everyone involved.
She has given talks on the creative use of radio and supported projects to encourage women in their radio careers.

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Bob Lawrence

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Bob floated into being a Voice Over from a background of radio broadcasting in many major-markets. Having first spoken into a studio microphone when he was 14 years old, he has developed his style and talent over many, many years. As a full time Voice Over, Bob has featured on countless television and radio commercials, corporate presentations, e-learning projects and even a satellite navigation system.He has plenty of experience in providing the “Voice of God” at awards ceremonies and has even dubbed the voice of the lead actor in a commercially released film.
From soft and intimate to hard and loud, Bob has the ability to maintain clarity and clear diction in often challenging scripts and has built a reputation as somebody who can, if required, speak very quickly without losing the meaning.

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Gina Mellotte

Hush Hush Voiceovers Gina MellotteGina’s worked for some of the best in the business including BAFTA, MTV, London 2012, Olympics and has considerable experience in radio, TV & corporate voice overs. Warm, clear, strong and husky, Gina’s voice is one of the sexiest in the industry.

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Laura Shavin

Hush Hush Voiceovers Laura ShavinLaura Shavin is a multi award-winning and versatile British voice over artist and narrator with her own ISDN, ipDTL and Source Connect enabled studios. Whatever style of voiceover read and format you require, she can record to your exact specifications and deliver direct to your desktop, or she is within easy reach of central London voice over studios. Her versatility and experience (especially in the area of comedy voice overs) mean Laura’s voiceover contribution guarantees your project a powerful advantage, whether commercial or corporate, animation or on-hold. She also has extensive experience of technical, medical and legal voiceover reads, and of live announcing and being “Voice of God” at award ceremonies. The voice of major national and international advertising campaigns, Laura trained as an actress at drama school and her CV includes acting at the Royal National Theatre, presenting on national radio, touring the UK as a stand up comedian, performing impressions in BBC comedy shows and singing with The Chieftains at The Royal Festival Hall.

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Ian Swann

Hush Hush Voiceovers Hush-Hush-SwannieIan Swann is one of the UK’s leading award-winning voiceover artists with an acclaimed, vast range of characters and his own “Quintessentially English” styles. Named in the press as “Actor of a Thousand voices”. He trained at both: The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and The RADA London, winning the Patrick Wymark Memorial prize.
Ian can be heard across the world in all broadcast and web media across the world. Ian has voiced literally thousands of radio, TV and cinema commercials. As well as winning awards in the UK such as the Aerial Award in April 2013, he also has won a recent prestigious U.S. GOLD ADDY® Award in 2015 for his work with Nickelodeon.
Whether it be outrageous character voices for “Starwars Episode One” The Phantom Menace, lipsyncing foreign movies such as Ossi’s 11 or commercials for Mercedes as well as ADR, being chosen to voice Roobarb & Custard after the wonderful Richard Briers, or even creating voices for a multitude of PC games from Sony, Eidos, Capcom or Warner Bros. and web-based video, Ian has turned his hand to many a campaign. He has also been sent in by his London agents to troubleshoot clients, when they might have not been happy with previous voiceovers. He is one of the most respected V/Os in the business and cares a great deal about its integrity.

Testimonials

HowieFiddyHush Hush is the website the voiceover industry has been needing for a long time. It’s an absolutely wonderful set of tools and advice to help any voiceover artist who’s really committed to taking their job seriously, and hopefully the guidance from this site will keep the industry professional and well-respected. Top notch, Hush Hush!
Hush Hush Voiceovers Rob BeeBenjamin Franklin said, “If you want something done ask a busy person.” He was talking about Emma Clarke when he said it. I’ve worked with Emma for many years and I honestly don’t know how she manages to fit in everything she does. But every project she tackles is taken on with levels of enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and attention to details that astound us mere mortals. Having been a professional voiceover for more years than she’d probably care for me to mention, Emma brings a wealth of experience to this latest project. You know it’s gonna be good.
Hush Hush Voiceovers Laura ShavinUnlike other “trainers” Emma knows what she’s talking about, having built up a highly successful business as a FULL-TIME voiceover (not producer/voiceover, “teacher”/voiceover, actor/voiceover etc). She works in ALL areas of the business, in contrast with many “coaches” whose experience is limited to one main field like gaming or continuity, or whose geographical location means they don’t have their own experience of getting the jobs you are aiming for. So you can trust that any information she gives you will be current, relevant and based on the reality of working in what is actually an extremely competitive market.
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