Voice Over Narration by Darren Kahmeyer
Voice over narration is a huge segment of the industry, with a broad range of types and applications, it’s an area that takes considerable talent and expertise. Good narration is an effective tool, used in multiple types of media, television commercials, movies, podcasts, documentaries, audiobooks, radio shows, eLearning, explainers, and corporate videos all utilize voice narration to captivate the audience.
Highlight Your Brand, Message, and Story, Through Effective Narration
The goal of voice over narration isn’t necessarily to sell a product in the traditional sense, instead, a professional voice over artists’ job is to sell a feeling, a core message, a brand, and a story. Connecting with the audience, luring them in, and holding their attention. Darren’s professional, effective narration adds intrigue and sets the tone, bringing a script to life, while also providing information. Selling your brand or message through storytelling.
A Professional Actor for a Professional Voice Over Narration
As a professional voice over actor, Darren breaks down the core messaging behind a narration script, emphasizing important points, layering in changes of pitch, pacing, and tone to keep the audience engaged.
Moving through the highs and lows of a narrative beat. Narration done well is an effective and immediate way of communicating directly to the audience. As a result, narration is weighty and influential, the audience knows this, they know they are being spoken to and understand that the information is important, they pay attention to the narration.
The Right Narrator for All Your Projects
Darren has years of experience on both sides of the microphone, creating quality voiceover and narration for clients, working for an internet radio station, creating and producing his long-standing comedy podcast, The DK Project. He’s an adaptable, experienced narrator who can provide the tone you need, such as:
- A smooth, conversational narrator for your explainer video. Darren delivers the guy next door, he’s laidback, relatable, the kind of guy who would give you a lift to the airport or help you move. Trustworthy and genuine.
- A down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and approachable voice for your eLearning module. Darren’s deliver an SME’s style with a likeability, he knows his stuff, he’s confident, friendly with just the right amount of authority.
- Witty, light-hearted narration to keep your listener’s attention during a commercial. Darren will have your listeners chuckling, layering humor, and a light-hearted wit into your script, landing jokes with wry humor, keeping your attention engaged.
- Caring, inspirational, and emotion-driven narration that inspires and motivates for your corporate video? Darren will tug at the heartstrings, bringing an authentic, relatable narration style that speaks to the listener, drawing them into your world, brand, and messaging.
A voice over narrator needs to clearly and confidently articulate complex medical terms and concepts for a medical narration. A trained, talented and driven narrator is an actor, a storyteller, and a great voice rolled into one. Darren Kahmeyer holds the audience’s attention during an audiobook or podcast where the listener has nothing but the narrator’s voice and the words to keep them engaged. Deliver smooth, clear, and approachable voice narration for an explainer video. Voice over narration is at its core, storytelling.
Why is Morgan Freeman's narration so special?
When it comes to the best voices of today, a few voice work actors can approach the dramatic tone that Morgan Freeman brings. Morgan is one of the busiest actors both on-screen and in the recording studio. Freeman’s voice has a unique tone and color that makes him one of the best voice actors in the field. Plus, he is known for his strong dedication and strives to deliver the best. Not only that his voice is deep, but he actually practiced to make his voice even deeper.
Recording voice and practicing weren’t enough, but he actually used to ‘yawn a lot’ to relax his throat and achieve that trembling voice tone. He may not be the best voice ever, but he is definitely one of the best. Did you know that Morgan Freeman did voice work for the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton?
What is a voice-over artist?
Voice-over artists, also known as voice actors are auditory performers who work in every area voice-related. Voice-over artists may be hired for various projects, such as TV commercials, video games, audiobooks, apps, and e-learning courses. In a way, voice-over artists are professional actors who use their voices to deliver the right message, using a certain tone.
Recorded voices are all around us – from buses, over TV commercials to social media and explainer videos. Not every voice-over job is the same. Doing voice work requires constant perfection and expertise in working on a variety of projects. In other words, every voice work requires a unique skill set and a custom-created approach.
How does voice over / voice acting work?
A voice-over actor is an auditory performer who uses their voice to entertain. Voice-over actors can handle any project, even the one where narration includes the most challenging voice transformations. Voice acting is a sort of performance where voice actors use their voices to entertain or educate their audience.
No matter what the final outcome might be, voice actors must engage the audience. Voice acting work asks for more than merely a great voice. It demands not only impression or different character voices, but some acting skills as well. Voice actors are usually not seen on-screen, which means that they must transit their emotions and acting through their voices.
How much does a voice actor charge for recording an audiobook?
There is no right answer to this question because recording voice isn’t easy and the price for any voice work may vary depending on experience. For example, the inexperienced narrator may earn up to $140 per hour, while a moderately experienced narrator may earn up to $180 and a very experienced narrator may earn between $190 to $250 per hour. Narration is definitely a big part of the voice industry but isn’t something that should be taken lightly – this is why experienced voice actors are paid handsomely for bigger projects such as recording an audiobook.
Narration includes both who tells the story and how the story is told. Every narrative comes with five elements, including plot, setting, character, conflict, and theme – it’s up to the voice actors to deliver those parts using the right tone. According to their ability to do so, voice actors are pain accordingly, based on their experience.