Professional. TV Narration Voice Over.
A professional TV narrator needs more than the ability to read long passages with aplomb. More than excellent eye-brain-mouth coordination. More than the ability to play any characters that appears in the story, be they real people in the news or a fictitious creature from a distant galaxy.
It also takes a great studio setup. And some other things, probably. Point is, it’s more than just reading.
Rex has honed his narration skills to a high polish. He treats his work with a great degree of care and consideration.
Documentary voice over narration requires focus, long-term thinking, and a storytelling acumen that balances intrigue with information. It isn’t the focus, but rather the transmitter of the story; it must deliver the story as intended. Transparent, but you’d miss it if it weren’t there.
Reality Show voice overs can cover a range of needs – pithy, conversational narrator-as-host, off-screen dialogue additions, or ADR in some cases, or catchy, casual bumpers that introduce and conclude a show. Every project is unique in this fun, ever-changing genre. The key is to be open to bigger performances. This is where sarcasm and snark come to play, two attributes Rex is always more than glad to discharge into a project. It comes just a little too naturally to him.
In the tradition of voices like Bob Vila and Mike Rowe, Rex has his own interpretation of the DIY homeowner – by being one himself! As a child, his father would take him into houses under construction to point out where all the tubs and sinks and toilets were going. Earlier in life, he worked as a construction gofer, freelance laborer and parking lot restoration, and later a maintenance man for a number of prominent Baltimore office buildings and shopping centers.
He at least tries to fix everything that breaks in his 90 year old house, so he understands most sides of the construction industry and can authentically convey that in his performances.
The key to a compelling biography is effective, engrossing voice over narration. Biographies can often display a disparate series of images – jumping constantly from reenactment footage to still images zooming in and out, to maps and dry ice, and other such mood-setting sequences. As such, biographies often rely on the narrator to act as an anchor and a guide for the audience, allowing these elements to gel into a complete product.