As a professional voiceover artist, one character style I get asked to deliver regularly is a traditional sports commentator! These type of reads are always fun to voice, as I get a chance to play, draw from my love of sport and football and generally get animated! In England when we think of football commentators, names like John Motson, Barry Davies, Clive Tyldesley, Peter Drury and David Coleman Spring to mind, as well as Sky Sports commentators Martin Tyler and Alan Parry. They all have distinctive styles and tones, yet they all retain the quintessential sound of a sports broadcaster.
I had the pleasure voicing the national 118 118 tv ads a few years ago, where the “men with moustaches” played a whole series of sports, from football to tennis, marathon running and more. We had great fun in the sessions and laughed a lot! The brief was to go OTT with the commentator style as the adverts weren’t to be taken seriously.
Dugout FC, a fantasy football style game.
A more upbeat, enthusiastic football commentator!
How about a horse racing commentator, reminiscent of the great Peter O Sullivan?
Here’s a fun radio ad I got to voice, with four distinctive commentator styles
Or a skiing commentator?
FAQ About My Voiceover Services
Q: What am i getting for my money?
A: When you book me to voice for you, you’re not just paying for my voiceover, but the reassurance that it will be broadcast quality with no erroneous room noises for you to have to worry about.
Q: Will I have to edit or do anything to the voiceover?
A: Unless you’re a producer or prefer me to send you the raw file, you can be assured that I’ll edit my read for you, so you receive a finished, high quality file.
Q: How long will my voiceover take?
A: I pride myself on a fast turnaround and will always endeavour to send you back your file within 24 hours.
Q: I’m not entirely sure how to explain the voice, character or style I need, can you help?
A: Of course! I’m more than happy to chat over the phone with you your requirements and won’t hit record until we’re both happy that I’ll be voicing in the style that suits your read or character.
Q: Can I be directed during the recording?
A: Yes! If you prefer to listen in to the recording process and direct me, then I’m available on Skype, ISDN, ipDTL and Source Connect. I’m also happy to travel to studios for sessions.
Q: Do you charge for revisions?
A: Any mistakes made by myself will be corrected free of charge. Any script changes that occur after I have sent my recording will have to be charged. The fee will depend on the length of the read and number of changes.
Q: What are you rates for radio adverts?
A: In the UK, I work to the latest Equity rate card. If your commercial is for transmission abroad, please let me know all the information, so I can quote accurately.
Q: What are your payment terms?
A: Upon receiving your voiceover, you’ll also receive my invoice. My terms are 30 days net and all my payment are on the bottom and as well as cheque and direct bank transfer, I can also be paid via Paypal.