I have to say, it was a rush and, honestly, came out of nowhere. I’m not even sure it’s really sunk in, yet. All I can say is, booking a National voice over commercial was a pretty amazing experience…especially since it was my first one.
I have to start out by saying that I’m fairly new to the voice over world. To be honest, I’m a two and a half year old toddler in this industry, and what got me into voice overs to begin with had nothing to do with me wanting to do it. I don’t think it had ever crossed my mind. However, for years, I had friends who were producers and directors that would contact me and ask me to voice projects they were doing. Wasn’t until later that I thought, “Hmmm…maybe I should look into doing this.” Needless to say, I’m happy that I did.
Ok, fast-forward. So, around the December 2015 timeframe, an audition popped up for a Sam Adams pre-roll (you know, the ads you see before the YouTube video you’re watching). I figured, “Hey, nice client for the resume,” so I did a quick audition. Just four days later, I got an email saying that I had been shortlisted and they would like to know my availability for the first week in January. After picking a day, I was contacted again, asking my rates to do three spots instead of one. Within a few hours, I was given a thumbs up and one day in the first week of January, I recorded all three spots with the client in about 10 minutes. They told me that the first spot would be on their YouTube channel in the first week of February. Well, the day after it showed up on their YouTube channel, I got a call, “Hi Bryan. The client actually wants to air one of the spots Nationally, this Sunday.” Of course, I nearly dropped the phone. I was out of my mind excited, but tried my best not to act like it. My mind was even present enough to ask one extremely important question: “Is this for the Super Bowl?” Not quite, but as it turns out, I was close. It was for the, just as important, Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. Well, I gave my price and then waited the longest 24 hours in the history of mankind for the thumbs up. The following day, I got the good news, hit my head on the ceiling and then tried to come up with reasons not to take the day off.
That Puppy Bowl Sunday, I went over to my parents’ house and just spent the day with them, the Bowl playing in the background. And then, a weird feeling that’s still hard for me to wrap my head around…I heard myself talking on TV. Hard to put into words how that felt, but ‘excited’ and ‘emotional’ would be two key words.
Ok, so what did I learn through the process? Well, I almost didn’t audition for the job, so I got the lesson of a lifetime right there. So if I had the right to give advice to any voice over artist, it would be, don’t miss an opportunity! If you had told me two and half years ago that my first national would be Sam Adams, I would’ve thought you were crazy…so would the one and only producer in two and a half years who told me point blank that I “don’t have a national voice.” Please, don’t miss your next opportunity!
And just to prove how important is to take every shot you can, here you go…Sam Adams Nitro Now.