Voice Descriptors / Vocal Qualities
Debbie Irwin has lent her voice to many different types of voiceover, each requiring a different tone in order for the message or story to fully impact the listener. Thoughtful consideration around vocal quality is crucial to ensuring that a voice will resonate with those that hear it. It goes much further than female or mature. Does your message need to be casual and conversational, or authoritative and professional? Are you aiming to deliver a passionate and inspiring message or one that is more calm and comforting? It takes skill in understanding the importance of nuance, tone, the pace needed, and to possess the skills in script analysis that can produce a successful voiceover. One recording could require different vocal qualities, switching from a more fun and fresh tone to a more intelligent and polished feel, so an expert voiceover talent should be versatile. Story-telling is important in any voiceover narration and it begins with the tone the vocal quality is able to set.
Focusing On What Matters.
Focusing On What Matters.
Warm, Caring & Smooth
Debbie has worked on patient videos for hospitals, ones that were made to comfort children about to go through a medical procedure, or for a parent who is nervous about their child needing to go into surgery. A female voice that has a vocal quality that is warm and caring, one that sounds like a loving mother or a caregiver, can be very comforting to a child or their parent. Soft and soothing voices make for a trustworthy quality that makes the listener feel as if they are given a virtual gentle hug. Debbie has also portrayed nurturing and motherly characters that would need to encompass a warm and caring tone for documentaries, video games, even family-friendly audio tours. Skilled and experienced voice talent, like Debbie, can relay a video’s message with a rich, empathetic feel so that the listener can better relate to the information.
Friendly, Informative & Conversational
A commercial, audio tour or explainer video might require a light friendly and casual tone; a message that is more conversational so that information can be easily assessed by the listener. It is a fun and fresh way to present content, making an employee or consumer feel like they are chatting and being guided by a good female friend. In order to encompass this friendly and conversational vocal quality, Debbie might implement a more casual or relaxed accent for this type of voiceover in order to sound more approachable and relatable. The tone of a voiceover might be more energetic and upbeat in order to present a message with a more sincere mood. Friendly and conversational can be implemented for many types of eLearning and explainer videos for consumers or employees too.
Dramatic, Powerful & Commanding
Some messages need to address a serious or time-sensitive issue, and the voiceover must reflect the severity. A public service announcement or documentary about an emotional cause or a heart-pounding time in history might need someone who can produce a more dramatic voice quality. Video games could require dramatic or authoritative vocal qualities when characters are going on a life-threatening or adventurous quest. Debbie has portrayed many serious, gritty female characters for both video games and documentaries. With her acting experience and extensive working narrating many types of voiceover, Debbie is skilled in the nuances of different vocal qualities a voiceover recording might require. With her attuned ear for accents, Debbie can use accents that may be considered dramatic and authoritative. She is often asked to sound like a stern, articulate or mature British women, similar to a classy Cersei Lannister of Game of Thrones fame. Compelling storytelling is crucial to these types of narrations and it has everything to do with the vocal quality.
Inspirational and Passionate
Political ads introducing a candidate or cause, a message that is a call to action would require a passionate and inspirational voice for their message. Constituents will need to feel heard, and seen, that someone is fighting for them, they want to hear from someone that is passionate about the issues that affect them most. An inspirational type of vocal could also be used for a medical narration video to explain new research findings at an academic hospital. With an understanding of nuance, Debbie knows the importance of story-telling when it comes to voiceovers the need to move people with their inspirational and passionate messaging. The vocal quality needs to be clear and genuine so that the listener finds the content approachable and believable.
Intelligent, Professional & Authoritative
A corporate explainer or eLearning video might require a voice that is exemplary of an intelligent and professional person, and therefore a more polished and articulate vocal quality is required. Some narrations might want a more polished and reliable female sound; a voiceover actor who sounds knowledgeable and can put on a refined British accent. Depending on the brand of the company they might want a voice that sounds more intelligent and professional for their IVR Telephony systems or company commercials. With her 20 years of experience as a voiceover actor, Debbie understands that a voiceover narration is sometimes the first impression clients have of a company. Setting an intelligent and professional tone from the very beginning is extremely important. Most people want to hear from an expert.
Sultry, Sophisticated & Elegant
Debbie has portrayed many sultry and sexy female characters for video games and documentaries. When the storytelling requires a mature, engaging female voice, Debbie is able to deliver. As a trained actor, she has an in-depth understanding of how a character’s personality seeps into the sound and quality of their voice. Certain make-up or jewelry brands might want a sultry sound for their commercials to match the feel of their product. Debbie is able to put on a sexy and attractive accent to match the mood of any voiceover and is experienced in how important nuance in tone is to a voice-over recording.
Energetic, Fun & Upbeat
Depending on the project, you may need a voice that conveys genuine excitement and enthusiasm about the story you’re telling. Energy can be achieved in the pacing, pitch, volume, and intensity of the voice. Louder isn’t necessarily more energetic, sometimes a simple expansion of one’s eyes can generate the desired tone of voice. It’s a simple tweak like this that shows Debbie’s experience and adaptability. Whether it’s a fun, upbeat commercial for the latest, trendy health snack or a bright new lipstick from a cosmetic line, there is a type of exciting energy that comes through the narration. Debbie’s enthusiasm and can-do mentality shine through as soon as she walks into the recording booth. She has the stamina and understanding of tempo and pacing for any high energy and positive narration needs. Is there an explainer or eLearning text that just needs to be infused with vitality? Debbie is an all-around pro when it comes to bringing an upbeat and approachable tone to brand commercials, explainers, even corporate text, delivering the narration in an encouraging and engaging way.
Fun and Sassy
Commercials for clothing lines, make-up brands or health-conscious snacks might want a more funny and sassy vocal quality might be the right fit. If the audience is young they would gravitate to a more refreshing, vibrant and playful feel. The tone and attitude of a commercial will be what captures a consumer’s attention and they might find a sassy female voice more relatable. Debbie has experience voicing funny characters for video games, audio tours, and even some corporate explainer videos that want a more energetic and engaging feel. There is a much greater call for young companies to want a sassier and more playful tone for their explainer or eLearning videos. A cohesive tone for an institution’s brand is important and that extends to the voiceover employees and clients are exposed to.