Over 70 voiceover artists have donated their skills to a specially produced radio commercial to encourage people to “keep talking” whilst the UK remains in lockdown due to the measures introduced by the government to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
The Voiceovers United project was created by voiceover artists and award-winning radio producer John Calvert. He enlisted the help of male, female, and child voiceover artists to record the message that encourages listeners to “stay at home, protect the NHS, stay safe, and keep talking,” reports the Chichester Observer.
John said: “Voiceovers often spend hours and hours cooped up in a small booth or room. Most of us in the trade are perfectly used to that. But for those who aren’t so used to isolation, the long lonely lockdown could have adverse effects on mental health. We all know talking is a great way to get things off your chest and who better to promote this than voiceovers?”
He has brought on some of the UK’s leading voiceover talent to join the project, including:
- X-Factor voice Peter Dickson.
- The National Lottery’s ‘Voice of the Balls’ Alan Dedicoat.
- Film trailer voice Redd Pepper.
- Big Brother Voiceover Marcus Bentley.
- Flash Gordon, Blackadder and Star Wars character actor Brian Blessed,
There are many more familiar voices from the world of TV, radio, film, advertising, gaming, animation and automation, and everyone who participated, including voiceover agents, animation companies and music publishers have donated their services for free.
John added: “So many leading voices uniting for something like this has never been done before, and the response to the initiative was far beyond anything I expected. What we have ended up with is a very powerful, yet entertaining message. I hope everyone will feel reassurance from hearing the message, share it with others and… Keep Talking.”
Voiceover Artist Emma Clarke, who’s credits include the voice of ‘mind the gap’ and ‘Avalon’ in the Hollywood blockbuster feature film Passengers, said: “During this unprecedented period, we’re all alone together. I love the idea of lone voices coming together to create a whole in this gorgeous piece of audio. It reflects what’s happening in the world – that we all have to play our part as individuals to help the whole world.
“Everyone I speak to is feeling the same – tired, scared, overwhelmed, angry, powerless… and also joyful, connected, needed, loved, hopeful. We’re all feeling the same vulnerabilities. There’s something very powerful in that shared experience and for me, that’s what this piece of audio is about.”
The Voiceovers United project has invited radio stations across the UK to broadcast the commercial as and when they see fit, and it is available to download for free on Soundcloud.
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