Voice actor Chris Edgerly is back again today with the twenty-third video in the #VONotes series and in this episode, he’s talking about live announcing in voice acting! The #VONotes series is a video series created to answer frequently asked questions about the voice acting industry and each video contains some great tips and references for aspiring voice actors everywhere! If you missed the previous videos in the #VONotes series you can catch up on those here.
Live Announcing in Voice Acting #VONotes
Today on #VONotes I’m gonna talk about a very specific niche in the voice over industry and that is live announcing!
This is a part of the industry I’ve only had a little bit of exposure to. My biggest gig in this was a few years ago at the 2014 Emmy Awards Ceremony. For this particular gig, the wonderful and talented Neil Patrick Harris was hosting and they wanted to find somebody who could do a good “old-timey” announcer and I have a pretty good “old-timey” announcer voice.[In an old-timey announcer voice]: It’s the Emmy Awards! Here the stars come down the red carpet now! WOW!
Anyway, a few days before the actual ceremony we recorded some footage and then it was segued live into my announcing so first we got together in a little recording studio, we hammered out what we were going to be doing, I recorded that footage, and then, on the day, you get there several hours in advance and there’s a lot of prep and rehearsal to make sure that everything comes out perfectly because it’s LIVE! In fact, there was no “Plan B” in case my voice suddenly cracked or I got a word wrong. The assumption was that I wasn’t going to! I figured if I did make a mistake, I’d just pretend that that’s what I wanted to happen and keep going! Luckily – knock on wood – everything enoff…went off without a hitch.
Now, I am not the most seasoned pro in this, I am merely sharing my experience with you.
My friend and colleague Melissa Disney, on the other hand, is a seasoned pro at this and if you can chase her down on social media (Youtube and Twitter) or find her website, she knows a lot more about this than I do! Plus, I was not in the actual theater at the time, I was off to the side in a trailer where they were doing the production.
The other kind of live announcing gig that I have a bit more experience in, is any event that is not broadcast. So, it’s going out live, but just to the people in that room or auditorium or what have you. For that, it really depends on the demands of the job.
If you’re MC’ing the event, that means you’ve got to come and go as required by the ceremony. Or you could be off to the side and all they hear is your disembodied voice over a PA system.
The key is rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal…which I’m sure the production will work out with you…and STAYING HYDRATED! Do it to make sure you’re voice doesn’t crack – especially if the audience never sees you! If you’re hosting it live, that’s different, you might be able to play it off, but if you’re just a voice, when it cracks, everyone notices and it’s really hard to recover! You kind of just have to keep going!
Hope this has answered some of your questions, if you have any more, put them in the comments section below and hit that subscribe button so you can see more #VONotes as I make them!