I don’t normally explore new career paths because of a wrong-number voicemail, but this one shocked me into asking “Why not?”
It was a man’s voice, clipped and businesslike, saying, “You have the sexiest voice – do you do voiceover?”
I’m not sure what kind of voiceover he had in mind…but that message woke up a long-buried dream.
I’d only spent (mumble-mumble) years since childhood singing, reciting poetry and practicing Broadway lyrics as diction exercises. I knew that speech, like singing, could be enormous fun – and challenging, painstaking, meticulous work. And from 8-hour choir rehearsals that left me feeling as if a truck had rolled over my ribcage, I knew I loved every minute of it.
Voice of the BART
So…..six months, many research calls, and just one audition later, I was the “voice” of the Oakland Bay Area Rapid Transit, reading more than 8,000 sound files, everything from the letter “A” to “Please step to the back of the bus,” many of them in Spanish (which I don’t speak). Of those 8,000+ files, only 8 needed to be re-recorded for mispronunciation. I’m still recording updates when the street names or routes change. What did my client, producer/voiceover coach Mike Weiner of The Image Generators, have to say? See his testimonial here… and hear a snippet of that massive voiceover database below:
Dramatic Narration in Gita for Peru
Next, I was accepted for a more dramatic project – the narration role for Gita for Peru, the last in a series of benefit concerts to help rebuild villages in the Sacred Valley of Peru that had been devastated by two successive floods in 2010. Accompanied by an eclectic group of musicians playing traditional instruments from around the world, I offered dramatic narration of selections from the Bhagavad-Gita. Hear an excerpt of the most profound and complex piece, The Cosmic Vision, here:
Hear the whole composition here.
And the feedbck from my client/bandmates?
“…Phila came into rehearsal being unfamiliar with the Gita and the musicians. She immediately sensed the integrity of the musicians and the flavor of the musical atmosphere created by these traditional and exotic instruments. She began to bring the rhythms of the percussionists and pipa together with the melodies of the flute in a vocal context of the scripture with power and grace…. … There was a dialogue between everyone at the rehearsals as the arrangements changed to accommodate Phila’s remarkable range and presence in the execution of the pieces. She took advice well and incorporated suggestions into her renditions of the recitations. Although the scripture’s text was a narration, Phila made it her own by creating a dramatic dialogue between the subjects of the story.
The result was totally evocative of the meaning and intention of each character within the story. Phila was able to paint her words with colors and intensity that brought the text of the scripture to life with a force and sensitivity that cast a spell upon the listeners. The flute wove melody around Phila’s phrases and pauses that added to the magic of the story…”
Lance David Bergerson
Himalayan Bowls and Bells
Gita for Peru Ensemble
Market Your Business with Sound!
So…..with repeat business and great feedback – and loving the work – I’m building on this foundation: adding voiceover services to the menu Your Words’ Worth offers!
And, because I’m new in the field, you stand to benefit…
If you’re not only looking for copy writing services, but also for a dynamic voice to bring those words alive, Your Words’ Worth can help. If you’re a small business that’s…
- Looking for a voice for radio ads or audio postcards promoting your product or service…
- Thinking of recording your book on CD…
- Looking for someone to record textbooks for visually-challenged students…
New Services = Affordable Prices
Because I’m still new to the field, my fees are affordable for solopreneurs and micro-enterprises, and I can refer you to an excellent professional production studio if you need one.
Curious? Want a free trial reading of your project? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and to hear how my voice fits your vision!
Mike Weiner, The Image Generators (audio producer and voiceover coach)