While I was working in my little radio production studio at my first radio job, I’d get a knock at the door. Or the window, seeing as my soundproofed cupboard was next to to the “rack room” (housing all the audio gear for the station). Usually, people just stood and waved from there instead.
Our sales manager would wander in. “Got (insert name of client) coming in on Tuesday” he would say. “He’s paid to record his own voiceover for his ad”.
Writing for audio is tricky. You can be a Pulitzer nominee in the written format, but yet your scripts sound clunky, wordy and forced. No matter! This might give you some pointers.
The phone rang and rang, but Dad didn't pick up.
“That’s odd”, I thought to myself. “After all, the whole state’s gone crazy at the moment.” Minutes before, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews had announced the whole of Melbourne metro area (and beyond) would return to COVID lockdown for six weeks. Luckily that doesn’t affect us in Leongatha, but that was going to affect my parents- both of whom live in Melbourne. I was ringing to check in.
A little while later, Dad called me back.
“Dad, are you OK?”
“Yes, we were just in the movies.”
“Oh, er, so I guess you haven’t heard then…”
Quick update this week (unlike my usual 2000 word essay). Announcing that you can now access some of my audio production services via Fiverr.
What's a Fiverr? Excellent question.
It's a freelancer marketplace where you can buy off-the-shelf packages for common tasks from freelancers around the world (or, just, you know, your favourite audio guy from South Gippsland...)
More offers (they call them 'gigs') will be up and running soon, but for now, take a look at this one I've knocked up for an on hold message. Perfect for if your business hours have changed thanks to this second round of Corona lockdowns.
And of course, you can still reach me direct.
Catch you soon!
Back when I worked for Crime Stoppers, it was my job to do presentations about preventing theft.
What I said was simple. "Lock your doors” (amazing how many people don’t). “Remove valuables from your car”. "Get someone to look after your house while on holidays”. All stuff I thought would be achievable for everyone no matter the budget.
“This costs you nothing, it’s free!” I would say, “and it's the most effective deterrent for a thief."
Yet the moment I finished my talk, people would charge towards the sales rep from one of the home security gadget manufacturers. Ready to drop $400 on a security camera which won’t stop someone robbing you. I couldn't understand it. And I think audio is exactly the same.
Chris Plumridge is a freelance audio producer, voiceover artist and writer from Leongatha in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.