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I’m Paul Graham; a BBC professionally trained voiceover artist, narrator, broadcaster and actor. I’m also proud to be born and bred in Manchester, UK.
My career has included voice over work for over 20 years. You might have heard me in film and television projects, radio and TV commercials, documentaries, corporate narration or e-learning projects.
I am also a scriptwriter, copywriter and book writer, so I know a few things about words!
my voice training
I have received coaching from the very best. My presenter work with the BBC, in both radio and TV projects, has further honed my skills.
My type of voice is one of those rich neutral English accents and I can also use my natural North West UK/Manchester accent.
I also speak ‘Queen’s English’; Received Pronunciation for all you fans of 'Downton Abbey'. I am a voice over artist capable of character voices in a recording session.
"a very british voice"
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did you know?
Most video watchers note that they are more likely to stop watching a video with bad audio vs. lower-quality video.
In fact, a TechSmith study of video viewing habits showed that more than 25% of video viewers watched a video all the way through because the audio was good — more than those who said professional video style was most important.
So great audio isn’t just important.
It’s necessary to keep an audience interested and engaged.
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just in case you wanted clarity
A bit of background for you, here. Voice overs can be broken down in many ways. The use of a voice over artist and their 'invisible' voice is so common as we hear them on films and television programmes, as well as commercials and audiobooks. And lots more beside!
Let's start off with the presentation side.
Voice-over (also known as off-camera or off-stage commentary) is a production technique where a voice—that is not part of the narrative (non-diegetic)—is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theatre, or other presentations.
The voice-over is read from a script and may be spoken by someone who appears elsewhere in the production or by a specialist voice talent.
Synchronous dialogue, where the voice-over is narrating the action that is taking place at the same time, remains the most common technique in voice-overs.
Asynchronous, however, is also used in cinema. It is usually prerecorded by production companies and placed over the top of a film or video and commonly used in documentaries or news reports to explain information.
Voice-overs are used in computer games and on-hold messages, as well as for announcements and information at events and tourist destinations.
It may also be read live for events such as award presentations.
It is not to be confused with the process of replacing dialogue with a translated version, which is called dubbing or revoicing.
use of voiceovers in marketing
In the early years, before effective sound recording and mixing, announcements were produced "live" and at-once in a studio with the entire cast, crew and, usually, orchestra. A corporate sponsor hired a producer, who hired writers and voice actors to perform comedy or drama.
Manufacturers will often use a distinctive voice to help them with brand messaging, often retaining talent to a long-term exclusive contract.
The industry expanded very rapidly with the advent of television in the 1950s, and the age of highly-produced serial radio shows ended.
The ability to record high-quality sound on magnetic tape also created opportunities. Digital recording, thanks to the proliferation of PCs, smartphones (iOS and Android 5.0+), dedicated recording devices, free or inexpensive recording and editing software, and USB microphones of reasonable quality, and the increasing use of home studios, has revolutionized the industry.
The sound recording industry uses the term "presence" as the standard of a good quality voice-over and is used for commercial purposes in particular. Radio stations often use the same voice in their trails to give a good presence.
The term "presence" measures the legitimacy of how a voice sounds, specifically one of a voice-over. Advances in technology for sound recording have helped voice-overs reach that standard.
These technological advances have increasingly diminished "the noise of the system...and thus reducing the distance perceived between the object and its representation."
The voice-over industry works in tandem with the advertising industry to help deliver high-quality branding and, as a whole, is worth millions.
Commercial advertising that uses voice-overs reaches about 89 percent of all adults in Britain alone.