Dave (Courvo) Courvoisier. He’s the beloved Voice-Over Vegas guy with ‘…a rich, malleable baritone voice.’ and more counsel than a barrel full of gold. And if you visit his website, you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot! It’s a veritable treasure trove of Voice-Over jewels. And this gracious guy is more than happy to share his treasure. One could spend a great deal of time sifting through what he offers and come away with profitable information of all kinds. He ‘began his broadcasting career in 1977 at a Country 'n' Western Radio station in Carlsbad, NM and 20 of his ensuing years have been spent in TV in Las Vegas’, so he’s more than qualified to comment on everything he writes about. That’s why I’m compelled to sound-off with a Debby Barnes Voice-Over Rah-Rah!
Not unlike Paul Strikwerda (...another priceless broadcasting/VO veteran) I felt spoiled-for choice when I tapped-into Courvo’s site and started looking through his recent posts. They’re all so content rich and relative that I found myself a bit overwhelmed. (Too much information and too many options can do this to me.) But alas, I hit on one that I immediately identified with, because I do the same thing at home myself. His ‘Are You Listening?’ blog is another gem. He writes this particular post to remind us to: ”Make a point of critically listening to all the radio and TV commercials you possibly can.” And though most people prefer to fast-forward through commercials, we VOT’s would be better served if we paused, played and replayed these adverts. He points-out that in order to get a greater sense of the kinds of things every Voice-Over Talent should be honing in on, we should be listening intently to those voicing the spots. If we really listen, we will inevitably learn what works best. He mentions 5 things in particular to be listening for. And if you’ll excuse the pun, they’re all spot-on!
Rah-Rah! for more pearls of wisdom, Courvo. And thanks for sharing your loot!
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