Jessica has been voicing narrations since her very first booking in voice over. There are many ways to tell a story and narration is a huge one! Sometimes Jessica’s voice is the only voice in the story, leading the listeners through excitement, suspense, fear, excitement and much more. For other narrations, Jessica’s voice as the narrator is to keep the story together. Like the narrator in Winnie the Pooh, Jessica comes in to smoothly change the scenes, days, events, and even the weather.
Here are some additional types of the various types of Narration. Many of these descriptions are intertwined with other types of narration.
TV/Video documentary (history, nature, travelogues, cinema verité, sports films, etc.) Jessica has voiced many film, tv, video and nature projects.
Voice-mail and telephone automation systems. Although Telephony is a distinct and growing genre for obvious reason, many people lump it in with narration. Other forms of computerized audio, too. Either of these includes long announcements (e.g., on-hold promotional messages) and short phrases that are concatenated by computer, possibly based on user voice or touchpad input.
Educational videos. With production capabilities so ubiquitous these days, educational videos are not at all limited to what substitute teachers used to show on rainy days. They’re all over the place, many of them in need of experienced professional help. Jessica has provide voices for numerous education videos, some are explainers, some are characters and some are actual teaching.
E-learning. This might be an interactive computer learning tool, or any sort of educational video or audio presentation. Even a college course. Jessica has voiced a wide variety of e-learning projects, most have been for teaching the English language.
Explainer videos. These usually explain what a product is or does and/or how it works. Jessica has explained hundreds of projects to assist people in the educational, corporate, and creative worlds.
Self-help and how-to videos. The function of these is obvious. They’re more nuts-and-bolts than the usual Explainer.
Medical educational video (to practitioner or patient). This is like other educational, how-to or explainer work, but to patients or a professional audience. Jessica has done some medical projects related to kids. She has explained some procedures to help kids feel more at ease if they are in a situation where they may have to get a medical procedure done.
Website audio. This can be anything from short phrases of instruction, to a video hosted on the website. Jessica has voiced all sorts of website projects.
Corporate presentation. Part documentary, part sales pitch, the tone of voice should match the company’s desired public personality.
Children’s stories. Usually shorter than your typical audiobook, and sometimes closer to animation, in that each character’s voice might be unique. But when Mom or Grandpa reads a bedtime story, they don’t necessarily do character voices, and (as with adult audiobooks) character voices aren’t always used for voice over narration. Jessica has voiced books as the narrator but yet she has also been a character in the children’s story, as in the time she voiced the ugly duckling in The Ugly Duckling story.
Infomercials. Whether on TV, on the Web, or a store display, who hasn’t encountered this special long-form pitch?
Trade-show exhibits. This includes anything from a video that runs in a loop at a trade-show booth, to recorded narration that might be paired (for example) with live demonstrators.
YouTube (etc.) videos. This actually includes everything from animated entertainment and sales pitches, to subjects such as how to choose a guitar. It’s such a huge field that there are bound to be VO jobs in it that can only be described as “narration,” and new ideas are constantly emerging. Jessica is all over YouTube with her voice.
Audiobooks. Although a very specialized form of Narration and thus its own genre, many books are, of course, “narrated,” so we ought to include it here. Jessica has voiced several audiobooks, many are fun new books recently released. Some of her audiobooks are for the Learning Ally to assist kids with reading disabilities.
Others include Announcements • Public Service Announcements • Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR) • Biography • Character acting • Corporate & Industrial • Documentary • ELearning & education • Exercise • Government • Inspiration & Relaxation • Internet & websites • Kids • Medical & pharmaceutical • Political motivation • Tours