I started 2012 with a very exciting project for DFDS, for whom I recorded a job in 3 languages, Dutch, English and German. Tough challenge! This was soon followed by a fun campaign for Xbox Kinect. I’ve been the female Dutch voice for Xbox for a few years now and I always enjoy doing the clips, you can check out the latest one with Dan Karaty in my showreel, or on YouTube. I continued my directing work for the History Channel, and as Dutch continuity voice over for Cartoon Network, always nice to do the kids stuff too But the biggest challenge of 2012 was to be asked to sing….the clips will be uploaded onto my site soon, so watch this space!
is clearly shown in an inspirational new movie The King’s Speech. George VI, also known as “Bertie” reluctantly takes the throne of England when his brother, Edward, abdicates in 1936. The unprepared King turns to a radical speech therapist Lionel Logue, to help overcome his nervous stutter and the two men become friends. At some point in the film Bertie shouts in frustration that “he has a voice!” but isn’t able to speak to his people. When he eventually delivers his historical speech, the result is astonishing. Not only does he have a voice, but in that voice you can hear his strength, authority, loyalty, his trepidation about the impending war, but also his sheer determination to stand by his people. A masterpiece. http://www.kingsspeech.com
Yes, it took me a while to pronounce it too but now it’s one of my favourite titles on the ‘Dutch’ Cartoon Network, where I’m voicing continuity! Otherwise History Channel is still going strong; we have a great campaign next month with lots of unseen footage from WWII. I also did a HD trailer for them, it’s listed at the top in my movie gallery. Last but not least, I was asked to do 2 corporate videos in English for Shell and HSBC, because English with an international accent seems to be ‘de rigeur’ at the moment!
Hooray - I did a cinema advert for Baileys! It was nice to do something so different to my usual work Also very interesting this month, was a voice over for Philips, about how you can help save lives by using a Heartstart machine (in case of cardiac arrest) The whole campaign is aimed at people who are not in the health service, but just anyone, like you and me. Apart from that I recorded the Christmas promos for the Sci Fi channel this month and did a few trips to Amsterdam for History too. The home studio is also been worked a lot, but those recordings tend to be shorter. Handy if you need something quickly!
It’s been a busy couple of months. The summer started with a recording for Nintendo in which I played three young Dutch female characters - good for refreshing my acting skills! Then a training course for Vodaphone, another trip to Amsterdam for The History Channel, an educational video for a ‘digital whiteboard’ to use in schools, and a Dutch language course for a company called Cool Gorilla. They produce Talking Phrasebooks for your mobile to take with you on holiday. As well as the usual “Can I see the menu please” there were some fun chat-up lines and jokes too. Our favourite in the studio was “I’m visiting my mother, she lives in the Red Light District!” :-)
What a great month! I recorded a series of audiobooks (children’s fairy tales), a commercial for Sony about ‘going green’ with their TV’s, a puppy training-video, a Dutch language course for French speakers and a corporate video for ING (the only bank left with a budget for advertising?!) I also directed a Dutch commercial for Baileys - the client decided that a deep male voice would sound more seductive to Dutch women than a smooth female. I wonder why! ….
In my back garden there are some little green shoots popping out of the ground. In a few weeks time there’ll be some daffodils which means that Spring is on it’s way. This month I experienced something similar in my work. The phone started ringing again and some great recordings came along. These may not be the ‘green shoots of recovery’ just yet, but those little green things in the garden taught me one thing. Despite the economic downturn we just need to keep going; people still need translations, sales pitches, educational projects, tv programmes and videos in a language they can understand. So we just have to carry on, maintain a high level of quality and integrity & blossom That’s what happens in nature - crisis or no crisis.
Just when you think things can’t get any worse in the markets….a great recording comes along! When times are tough and businesses are trying to save money on advertising and voice recordings, it’s not always easy to keep morale high. But as often in tough times, art conquers all! Today I recorded a Highlights tour of the National Gallery in Dutch. And the script came in……yesterday. Was up till late researching all the paintings on display, but boy, was it worth it. From Botticelli and Canaletto to Cezanne and Van Gogh, this is a great way to see the Gallery. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it, as much as I liked recording it.
It’s been a really busy summer with voice overs for Cisco, Apple, MTV, The Sci Fi and The History Channel to name a few. Also some interesting jobs, like, to be the singing voice of a doll’s house or to announce the emergency procedure on Turkish airlines (in case of an emergency landing, please loosen your tie!) Every time you go into a studio the request can be different and to accept that challenge every time is something that makes this job so rewarding and so much fun
I’ve just come back from another trip to Amsterdam for The History Channel. I’ve been there almost a year now. It’s really nice to work for such a well-organised channel. The programmes are interesting and the people I work with are such a happy bunch. I translate the scripts from English into Dutch, direct the Dutch voice overs and sometimes I do some of the voice overs too. So tune in next time you’re in The Netherlands! Or look in my moovie gallery and click on The History Channel promos.