Sometimes we are spoiled by our engineers. They soften our Ps when we pop them, they compress our take to get our read within a certain time, or they perform many other little technical tricks they have up their sleeves that help make our jobs easier. But sometimes, an engineer can’t help us out, so we always have to make sure we are practicing our basic skills.
This is exactly what I had to do this week. I’ve been working on a campaign for a very well known acne fighting system, and part of this campaign comprises of reading a list of 1-800 numbers which must be completed in exactly 5.7 seconds. Additionally, they have required TWO clean reads. So here is an exercise for you I have put together (There’s never a dull moment as a VO artist, and there’s always the possibility for a new challenge! You’ll see why in the next sentence):
Read the following script of 1-800 numbers clearly, with each number enunciated (no forty nine, or twenty two, you must say four nine, and two two), all 0s read as “zero” (with the exception of 1-800), without shouting, but also like it’s the most amazing number you’ve ever read (but friendly, and not over-the-top), and get two reads at exactly 5.7 seconds (not a tenth over, not a tenth under).
Call 1-800-254-6007…that’s 1-800-254-6007
Call 1-800-233-3431…that’s 1-800-233-3431
Call 1-800-766-9817…that’s 1-800-766-9817
Call 1-800-694-7009…that’s 1-800-694-7009
Call 1-800-207-7070…that’s 1-800-207-7070
Call 1-800-832-2383…that’s 1-800-832-2383
Call 1-800-944-4746…that’s 1-800-944-4746
That’s just a short list for you to practice with. How’d you do?
This picture is of me reading my list of 1-800 numbers.