Greetings, dear aficionados of the auditory arts! Today, we're diving deep into the treasure trove of voice over services, exploring the wondrous 'E' in F.A.S.T.E.R. that stands for 'Extras.' Buckle up as we unravel the magic behind these 'Extras,' the secret ingredients that transform ordinary voice overs into extraordinary auditory masterpieces. Prepare for a journey that's as enchanting as sprinkling fairy dust on a script!
If you're new here, the acronym F.A.S.T.E.R. is one way I help clients understand how to budget for their voice over and to help me give them an accurate quote faster and up front so there aren't any surprises down the road. In this series of blog posts, we're diving deep into each letter and why your voice actor needs to know this information, but here's a quick recap:
F - FOR WHAT? How will the voice over be used? Broadcast? Nonbroadcast? On YouTube, social media, internal corporate training, etc.?
A - AUDIENCE How large will the audience be? Is this for a national commercial or a local one? Will this be used at a large corporate event one time only? Generally the larger the audience, the higher the cost.
S - SCRIPT How long is the script? Is this just a few words for a tag at the end of a commercial or is this a twenty-minute e-learning script? Generally, the longer the script, the higher the cost.
T - TURNAROUND How quickly do you need the voice over? Generally the faster the turnaround time, the higher the cost.
E - EXTRAS Do you need any extra services? Sound effects? Background music? Sync to an existing video? Split files? All of these add to the cost.
R - REQUIREMENTS What specific audio requirements do you have? Mp3 or Wav? What bit rate? Normalized to what dB? We need to know these things before you record if you have specific requirements.
OK, now on to the E specifically, the Extras:
Beyond the Basics: The Power of Extras: The 'E' in F.A.S.T.E.R. might as well mean 'Exquisite Additions.' Think of 'Extras' as the cherry on top, the shimmering jewels that embellish the crown of a voice over project. These are the magical elements that elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary.
From Meh to Marvelous: Unveiling the Versatility: The world of 'Extras' is a playground of possibilities. Need background music to set the mood? Voila! Require sound effects to create a cinematic experience? Consider it done! 'Extras' add layers of depth and versatility, transforming a voice over from a mere narration to an immersive auditory adventure.
Tailored Perfection: Customizing to Client Needs: Every client is unique, and so are their needs. 'Extras' are the artistic tools that voice actors wield to tailor-make each project. Whether it's synchronizing audio with video, providing multiple file formats, or adding a sprinkle of magic to the sound, 'Extras' cater to the whims and fancies of the client.
The Wow Factor: Creating Lasting Impressions: Picture this: a voice over with just the right 'Extra' touch leaves a lasting impression akin to fireworks on a starry night. These embellishments captivate listeners, ensuring that your message lingers in their minds long after the audio fades away.
Striking the Balance: Between Enhancements and Overkill: Ah, the fine art of balance! While 'Extras' are fantastic, too much of a good thing can turn the audio landscape into a cacophony. A skilled voice actor knows the delicate balance, weaving 'Extras' seamlessly into the fabric of the project without overpowering the main narration.
Going Above and Beyond: The 'Extra' Mile: 'Extras' aren't just about what's expected; they're about going above and beyond. Whether it's offering alternate takes, providing split files for ease of use, or assisting with script revisions, these additional touches demonstrate dedication and commitment to excellence.
Personalization for Perfection: Clients often seek that special touch that sets their project apart. 'Extras' are the secret ingredients for personalization – a specific accent, a particular tone, or even a dash of humor woven into the audio tapestry, creating a voice over that feels tailor-made for their brand.
In conclusion, the 'E' in F.A.S.T.E.R., symbolizing 'Extras,' is the kaleidoscope of creativity that amplifies the voice over experience. These magical additions transform the mundane into the magnificent, ensuring that your project not only meets expectations but surpasses them with flying colors. So, embrace the power of 'Extras,' let your imagination soar, and witness the spellbinding transformation of your voice overs into extraordinary auditory marvels!