I did the voiceover for this video explaining how FC Bayern Munich‘s Flagship Store on Tmall Global delivers merchandise via DHL eCommerce. It all sounds pretty complicated to me. But if soccer fans are happy with DHL, I’m glad to be the voice that’s telling everyone about it.
The video was made by Salween Group, “a content marketing agency headquartered in Singapore”. Yes, thanks to modern technology, I can do a voice over from my apartment in Toronto, for an animator in South East Asia, who is making a video about Chinese fans buying a German soccer team’s merchandise.
I was checking out the YouTube page for WowMakers in India, because I just finished voicing a video for them, and I discovered the above video about Startup Village that I voiced for them back in November 2014. So I thought I’d post here, to keep you updated on all my Indian whiteboard animation explainer video narration work. It’s exciting to see all the growth that’s happening in India, both in the field of explainer videos, and also in the fields that the videos are about, like startups. I remember when I went to Japan 10 years ago for an advertising project, my Creative Director was telling me I should stay in Japan and become a big voiceover guy, doing all their English voiceovers for the transit system and such. It was sort of a joke. I think. But now I’m wondering if I should be packing up and moving to India! Of course, I could just continue doing the voiceovers from my condo in Toronto. But maybe it would be more fun to actually be there in India with the companies I’m working for? In the meantime, I’ll keep going to the Indian restaurant across the street from me, to practice eating delicious Indian food. (Last time I was at that restaurant, I also asked the waiter for tips on some pronunciations for one of these videos. So, ok, maybe I don’t have to move to India. But I should still visit.)
I’m becoming a hot property in India! Cocaolabs is the second Indian animation company that’s used me for a voiceover. They found me on YouTube. So this has taught me two things: It’s smart to post your voice acting work on YouTube. And I should move to India and become a Bollywood star. I’m not sure how I came up with the second conclusion. But it sounds good. On the treadmill yesterday I was watching a show called Bollywood Boulevard and it made me realize we don’t have enough dance scenes in Hollywood movies. And if you’ve seen this 2007 video of me dancing, you’ll know I’m destined for Bollywood fame. Anyway, here’s the video I voiced for the Startup Studio initiative by MobME Wireless:
I’ve been writing IKEA Canada e-newsletters for years, and always wondered how to get a copy of them. This month it occurred to me to simply subscribe to IKEA e-newsletters. I’m slow, but eventually I figure things out. This one, that came 3 days ago, is just a mini one. And I think the smaller headlines were from a previous writer’s work. But I just searched on my computer and see that I did write the main line: “Ooo la outdoor.” Finally, my Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6 French Immersion has come in handy!
Want to design a T-shirt? Feel like saving the world? I’m about to doubly make your day. Check out the video I voiced for Ink to the People, where you can get your shirts made and support charities.
The audition specs called for a voice like Alec Baldwin narrating The Royal Tenenbaums. I’m not sure how close I got to that, but they chose me and wanted my final read to be exactly like my audition. So, I guess I got close enough!
Now, I need to come up with a T-shirt design about saving the environment. Hmmm… Perhaps my Enviroman persona needs to be on a shirt. He’s a darn good-looking superhero, after all.
This was my longest voiceover yet. More than 5 minutes! Did it for an animation company in India. It’s for a pretty inspirational client. Which I guess is appropriate, since it inspired me to do my longest voiceover yet!