Sorry, this soapbox is heavy.
Right. Company names, a plea from a voiceover artist.
As a Voiceover Artist, when you receive a script and the client is slow to reply to query emails, sometimes you may find yourself having to prepare it on your own in order to crack-on with the job.
One of the biggest problems (beyond the whole grammar and spelling thing*) is company names, especially these days when they are all over the place and seem to have been generated randomly.
Imagine my surprise when this happened yesterday and I had to go to YouTube to get a pronunciation reference, and (be still my beating heart), the video said the name within the first 5 seconds!
Honestly, the dopamine hit from getting it immediately was palpable.
That meant I didn’t have to sit through multiple minutes of flashy corporate chest-thumping only to get to the end and find that their name appears in a sparkle of animation and awesome music… with no voiceover, le sigh.
In the past, as a last resort, I’ve even grabbed a phone number from their website and called them – hoping the receptionist would know it!
A small plea to companies, say your name… please.
Enjoy your Wednesday.
*Copy/script writers are a thing, and from my experience, lovely people, use them!
(AI-Generated image from the prompt: ‘A man with a long hair, glasses and a short beard with arms in the air looking happy.’ Check out old Harry Hammer Hands. )
I’m Mark, an English Voiceover artist who wants to work, just once, with a company with a normal name. Is that you? Cool, get in touch.