Most people are familiar with the art of acting, having watched performers on stage in a play, on television or in the movies. Using the physicality of their bodies, their facial expressions and their voices, actors bring to life a multitude of characters from a script.
But the arts are home to another kind of actor who most often resides behind off camera or stage but may actually be experienced by the public much more frequently (often daily) than stage or screen actor. This artist is called a voice actor and his/her business is known as voice over. It is this industry that September’s National Voice Over Month celebrates and honors.
Today, with the explosion of communication tools brought on by the success of the Internet, just a small sample of the places voice talents’ work can be heard around the world include computers, stadiums and arenas, video games, telephone systems, airports, colleges and universities, the Internet as well as television and radio.
The specialized work of voice over talents is featured in commercials, video and DVD narrations, e-learning programs, cartoons and other animation, on hold messages, political announcements, radio and television station promotional announcements, documentaries…basically anywhere a story needs to be told with more than pictures.
For the thousands of professional male and female voice over talents, the joy of participating in this industry is recognition enough. But with National Voice Over Month, it allows everyone the chance to understand and appreciate these special artists.
- Here is Peter's blog post yesterday getting the ball rolling for National Voice Over Month.
- The original seed was planted by Dave Courvoisier, who updates today about the tremendous response to NVOM.