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The tone of the Voiceover Narration is VERY unique and is the most important trait of the voice we are looking for. It is best described as CASUAL to the point of being DISINTERESTED.
The best examples of this tone are exemplified in (1) this video narrated by Tom Waits: https://vimeo.com/50493471 and (2) by Alex Baldwin's VO in the Royal Tenenbaums!
NOTE: This is our second posting of the same project with new voice direction that was formerly described as "Mike Rowe" 2015-09-22 18:23:06 GMT 2015-10-02 11:00:00 (GMT -07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 33 33 2 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 2 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 30 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 31 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
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This is the type of weather you can expect from Portland.
This is a sunny day. [nice day]
This is a windy day. [windy, sideways rain]
This is a stormy day. [sleet, hail]
This is a really, really stormy. [full tilt snow storm]
And this is clothing for days like that, in Portland.
This is Sportswear Company, where they design, build, and test for the outdoor person: people that enjoy mountain tops, river trips, skiing, camping, climbing, surfing, fishing, running……. Anyway…… — (Narrator makes sounds like “jeez the list goes on and on, anyway).
VO: Portland Oregon is based in the Pacific Northwest.
As you may know, the PNW is famous for it’s natural beauty…
And it’s awful weather.
In the PNW it rains…
it mists…and then it rains some more.
VO: This is Gert Boyle, Chairman of Sportswear Company.
VO: Gert is commonly referred to as Ma Boyle, or One Tough Mother.
Gert: “I hate that Ma stuff. The Tough Mother? That I don’t mind.”
VO: Her favorite part about living the PNW is the weather. It’s the perfect testing ground for Company’s products. The only thing she loves more than the weather is her son.
This is Tim.
Gert: (in VO) “He’s the most handsome, incredible, intelligent person…
Gert: “He’s my son. What the hell am I going to say.”
VO: Tim’s a sportsman. He’s also a good sport. When Gert wants to test a product. Really test it. She calls Tim.
Gert: “We have differences sometimes.”
VO: Gert once put Tim through a car wash. Tim was hesitant.
Tim: (Audio from the tv spot) “I voted against that.”
Gert: “What better person to tell you your product is good than your mother.”
VO: Together, Tim and Gert produced and tested, and the more they tested the more improvements and discoveries they made.
If, and only, if a piece of gear passed all these tests would Gert give it her legendary seal of approval.
Gert: “It’s perfect. Now make it better.”
VO: This is the command handed down to all employees. By Gert. It’s the reason Company constantly tests their products against every type of terrible, no good, day-ruining, pain-inducing (alt. “career ending”) condition the skies of the mighty PNW will dish out.
VO: 20 years later, and Gert is still at it.
Gert: “We value each and every one of our employees.”
VO: Sure it makes life hell for Columbia employees, but it means great gear for you.
Gert: “We appreciate every hour they spend with us away from their family.”
Gert: “We’re sympathetic to that.”
VO: Ma Boyle was sympathetic enough to bring pizza, but later left them stranded in a storm, on a rock, off the coast of Portland, Oregon.
Gert: “If you have problems, then it’s my problem too.”
VO: She did send aid from the comfort of her office.
Gert: “It’s a lot easier to laugh than to cry.”
VO: A lot has changed since those days when Gert tested on Tim.
VO: What started as a little hat company is now a big sportswear company producing vests, parkas, rain coats, boots, down jackets –
VO: To this day, when customers see Gert’s iconic Tested Tough stamp of approval, they know they’re undeniably equipped to stay outside. Long after the featherweights have retreated indoors.
VO: So what’s next for Company?
Gert: “Oh, I don’t know.”
VO: Gert certainly isn’t going anywhere. At 91 she still gets up to go to work and keep the Tested Tough ethos alive at Company.
Gert: “Yes I do. Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise.”
VO: She also had to be here for this interview. Thanks Gert.
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