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GKN Weekly Update 10.18.10

Good morning! My day started MUCH earlier than I would have preferred. I had to take the car to the mechanic and enjoyed struggling with a weak wi-fi signal while I waited. Good times, good times…

Strangely enough, every recording I had last week involved reading lists of glossary terms. The subjects covered everything from food to the economy to human rights violations. Sounds easy, right? Not so much. Even just narrating the alphabet can be tricky. Here are some things to remember when narrating lists:

  1. Don’t read it like it’s a list! Each term has to be said out of context. In other words, don’t say it like it’s the ninth item on the list, say it like it’s the only item on the list.

  2. Know your audience! The comprehension level and age of the listener is very important. Make sure you ask the producer before you start recording.

  3. Don’t trail off at the end of the term.

  4. Explore the choices. “Interesting”, for example, can be spoken as “in-tres-ting” or “in-ter-es-ting”. Say it both ways or ask first.

TIP OF THE WEEK: When I started doing voiceovers I had no idea how involved this stuff can be! I also had no idea how many different types of voiceovers there are. Know your craft folks, know your craft.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Listening builds trust, wisdom, and experience. Rick Pitino

STUFF!: Let’s make our own list! Let’s see how many types of voiceovers we can come up with. I’ll go first: Commercials.

From Tom Dheere’s apartment, this is Tom Dheere, GKN News…


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