Margaret Ashley

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JUNE 2022

Some great news to announce : I recently recorded the voice of the narrator of this game and the production company are delighted with it. They are about to start promoting it. See below for more information.

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I’m happy to announce that promotion of Aces and Adventures has commenced! And we’d love your help getting the word out.

We’re going to run a humble little Kickstarter campaign for promotion and to recover a bit of our development expenses. It launches June 13th along with the Steam Fest that will feature our demo.

Here’s a link for the Coming Soon page for our Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/triplebtitles/aces-and-adventures

There’s going to be some really cool rewards like unique cosmetics and a physical deck of playing cards!

You can also direct folks to our Steam page so they can Wishlist the game and try the demo soon: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1815570/Aces_and_Adventures/?beta=0

Here's a link to our trailer: https://youtu.be/_7IiMvaLyzo

And if people have questions, we invite them to come ask on our newly formed Discord server: https://discord.gg/JFNSwsRGpA

If you use Discord, we also invite you to come join us!

Here's a link to visual assets you can use in promotion: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15l3YQmUdkR4_YQcSA6R7O8ZXMbGXfWW2?usp=sharing

During the one-month run of our Kickstarter campaign, we’d love to do highlights of our voice actors, so if you’re interested in doing an interview, either written or video, please let me know so we can schedule something.

Thanks for being a part of Aces and Adventures,

- Enrique C. Dryere - TripleBTitles.com - @Triple_B_Titles


MAY 2022

What Are The Different Types of Voice Over?

The voice-over industry has been growing steadily, encompassing new fields and projects and providing actors with exciting opportunities. The days when voice-over talent had to settle only for radio presentations and cartoons are over, as more performers find lucrative and inspiring careers lending their voice to various entertainment and corporate undertakings. In addition, geography is no longer a limitation. Artists can work on any international project from their home studios and on their own schedule.

If you are a voice-over actor (or looking for one!), it's good to educate yourself about how the industry is changing. The range of voices needed today is enormous. Audiobooks, podcasts and video games are looking for new and fresh talent, while corporations hire more voice-over actors to do their training and e-learning. But each type of job has specific requirements - so it's good to know what to expect for each. Let's go through the different types of popular voice-over projects and what they entitle.

Commercial

Commercial voice-over projects usually involve promoting a service or product. Voice actors record a form of advertisement that is then presented in media such as radio, television, or the web. Although this type of voice-overs have been popular for years, companies are now shifting towards a more personable and authentic tone for their branding. So sounding relatable and trusted while doing marketing promotions is paramount for these jobs. Commercial voice-overs are usually short, between 15 and 60 seconds, and typically pay higher rates.

Animation

The first thing many people think about when they hear about the voice-over industry is animation. Animation projects can include movies, series, web shows, and television productions. The medium has expanded widely in the last few years, so the small screen and film industry are always looking for good actors. A-listers voice many animation characters, but there's also plenty of space for new names and voices. A key for doing these jobs is to be able to perform many types of character voices.

Audiobooks

In the last couple of years, audiobooks have become a prevalent form of entertainment - especially as more authors self-publish their work. Numerous celebrities have lent their voice to titles, but the vast majority of audiobooks are done by voice-over artists - sometimes right from their home studios. Actors are often hired to play several characters, making audiobooks feel more dynamic. Clear and concise enunciation is critical for this type of voice-overs.

Corporate

Many companies utilize voice over for their corporate communications. For example, to onboard and train new employees, give in-depth tutorials, make internal announcements, and inform about products and services. Although not as desired as animation or commercial, this type of voice-over work offers a world of opportunity - with fewer risks!

GPS and Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistants and GPS systems have been using voice-over talent for years, and this segment continues to grow. The voices required for it tend to be those clearer and easier to understand. Other areas included in this type of work are text-to-speech, voice-user interface, and AI.

Trailers and Promos

Trailers give viewers a glimpse of what a full-length movie or series is all about. Back in the day, audiences were 'sold' a movie or TV show - usually by a somewhat 'aggressive' voice. Today, trailers tell the story of a project. They have also begun to expand and include more diverse voices. A trailer sets up a world, characters, and conflicts. And a voice-over artist guides the viewer through these elements.

Narration

A narration voice-over frequently describes something over images or motion pictures. These narrations tend to be made from the perspective of a character or third party. For example, many documentaries use narration to communicate their message. A voice-over for a documentary has to do several things, such as setting the tone and conveying the mood. Documentaries are more than retold facts, so their voices need to both tell a story and engage the audience.

Video Games

An ever-growing industry, video games have created numerous opportunities for voice over talent to thrive. Video games producers usually hire actors with extensive training who are not only used to speaking but also to shouting, grunting, groaning, etc. Thanks to motion capture, some voice actors are even using their bodies to enact movement, softening the boundaries between voice-over and physical performance.

Announcements

Announcements voice over are more prevalent than we might first think. For example, airports and train stations make continuous announcements about timetables, arrivals and departures, etc. While cinemas and theatres ask the public to turn off their phones, event presenters promote upcoming activities. Announcement voice-overs usually convey critical messages; they can inform, set the tone, or get an audience excited about what's to come. Actors in this type of work tend to be more authoritative and inspiring to get the public's attention.

Health and Wellness

This is a fast-growing and new type of voice-over work. Many meditation, inspiration and exercise apps and videos are looking for solid artists with a calming tone. Still relatively small in comparison to other markets, however, the health and wellness voice-over industry will only continue to grow in the coming years.

Finding the Perfect Type of Voice

The growing demand for voice-over artists has diversified the industry into new types of projects, and the blossoming of home studios has made it possible for actors to work remotely and at their own pace. While more traditional voice-over areas such as commercial and narration continue to evolve, new players join the industry. Video games, audiobooks, corporate communications, and wellness and virtual assistant apps are just some of the newish undertakings looking for fresh voices. Whether you're looking for actors for animations, games, trailers, promos or e-learning, all can be found.

Shared courtesy of https://www.outspokenvoices.com

NOVEMBER 2021

In April this year I was asked to record a rush job for 'World Earth Day' for a script entitled '#Act Now' for Arçelik Global a subsidiary of Koç Holding, Turkey's largest industrial conglomerate and a member of the Fortune 500. Arçelik is a worldwide producer and marketer of consumer durables and consumer electronics with more than 18 manufacturing facilities in 7 countries: Turkey, Romania, Russia, China, South Africa, Thailand and Pakistan. It is the third largest home appliances company in the EMEA region with marketing & sales organizations in 33 countries and 30.000 employees. Arçelik A.Ş. provides goods and services in 145 countries.

Arçelik A.Ş.’s corporate vision is 'Respecting the World, Respected Worldwide' as it passionately nurtures its global growth story with greener production, better utilization of natural resources and more sustainable business processes.

I recorded my voiceover on a breathtakingly beautiful video for '#Act Now'. I was to be the voice of Mother Earth; that video was played online globally for World Earth Day, relaying all the climate problems the Earth was suffering from and hoping to make people think about what they were doing and how it was affecting the planet.

VOX awards winner 2021

Last weekend on November 6th, right in the middle of the COP26 Conference, VOX the only conference in the UK for Voiceover Artists, Producers, and Audio Engineers, Television and Radio production companies, TV and Radio Executives and anyone working in the audio sector industry took place in Northamptonshire at Sedgebrook Hall. The Master of Ceremonies was Peter Dickson : Mr X-Factor himself and voice of so many commercials that you hear on TV. The video that I put my voice to was one of the campaigns nominated in the category of Best Visual Ad Campaign along with other huge campaigns that were shown on TV and played on the radio.

The nominations were all judged anonymously by industry-wide experts. I am thrilled to say that '#Act Now' which I voiced won the Award in its category, this is the winning video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFQXYFx2UX0.

What better project to win an award for than something that is hopefully contributing to help save the earth and make us all think about what we can do to save the planet and do something for climate change?

In other news I am currently looking at perking up my website, maybe adding some more colour and possible a slightly different style, this is a project for the new year, but may arrive sooner.

I have also recorded more chapters of the solitaire game AVA's Manor in which I pay the terribly British Butler Olive getting ready for Christmas, and the Christmas Radio Advert for Noveltea drinks, hopefully helping to get everyone in the the festive mood. They have an interesting selection of these alcoholic cold-brewed teas : Earl Grey Tea with Gin , Festive Spiced Tea with Scotch Whisky and a Moroccan Mint Tea with Rum, interesting combinations. Have you tried any? This was the company that was on Dragons Den and had a dragon back them. I did a set of these adverts earlier in the year, so I suppose I can say I am the voice of Novelteas. Have a listen to one I made earlier as they used to say on Blue Peter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqAB9V6t4_M.

Don't forget if you need a voice for any of your projects no matter how small, I am always happy to discuss it with you, you can contact me via my contact form.

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