I thought I’d made it. My website stats showed increasing searches for ‘Lindsay The Voice’ recently. Well how marvellous! It wasn’t until I realised that they were looking for another Lindsay – a Lindsey Paveo from the US version of the The Voice, then imagine my disappointment…and what’s this The Voice all about anyway?
Having spotted the BBC’s recent news headline ‘Simon Cowell congratulates The Voice over ratings win‘ relating to the BBC’s UK version of the show, I began watching the show myself.
I started to see some parallels between the blind audition system for singers on The Voice, and voice over artists in the voice over industry. On a personal level my interest comes from both my British voice over and singer background.
As voice overs, in theory we are judged on the strength of the audio; our demos. Not the way we look. However, and this is why some voice over artists don’t show you their face on marketing material, or disguise it in some way, as this can so easily affect the decision-maker. Great if your appearance matches your voice; potential career suicide if not!
Appearances do force us to make assumptions about people in the first few seconds, which is why I think that The Voice is such an interesting concept. It focuses the mind on listening to the vocals. Occasionally I’ve noticed a judge wince slightly upon pressing the buzzzer and turning around, as their visualisation of the person hasn’t matched the vocals they were hearing, but at least the vocalist has gained a foot in the door of acceptance.
I’m loving the mix of talent who all get an equal chance – at least at the blind audition stage; those with both looks and vocals; the vocals but whose looks don’t match; artists who have become known for a different style of singing; or those with a previous profile in the pop music industry looking to re-invent themselves.