Over written and badly worded ads most difficult: Voiceover Mike Drayson | radioinfo

Over written and badly worded ads most difficult: Voiceover Mike Drayson

Wednesday 19 November, 2014

Bruce Goldberg sits down with Mike Drayson, one of the most recognised and best voices in the industry.
 
 
How did you get started?

I got started in my bedroom pretending to be Don Lunn.
 
How long have you been in the industry?

I started Aug 17 1970 at 3SH Swan Hill, so 44 years, after failing many auditions.
 
 
When did you discover you had a great voice?

I found my voice one afternoon at Lee Murray's, who taught voice production in Melbourne, while sitting next the great Rick Melbourne
 
 
Do you do special exercises to get that voice sounding great?

Yes l do exercises for my voice, mainly humming up and down the scales in two groups of four.
 
 
Is your voice insured?

I looked into insurance once, but it was too cost prohibitive, too many restrictions.
 

What was the hardest ad to do and why?

The hardest ad, anything that is over written and badly worded.
 

 
What is the hardest word for you to pronounce?

I have no idea what the hardest word for me to pronounce would be, but l stumble over a lot of them and often.
 
 
Were do you see radio going in the future?

I haven't got a clue as to where radio is going in the future, if indeed it has one.
 
 
Any tips for an up and coming voice talent?

My only tip would be work on you reads, varying your sells, and don't do shit for $5, Internet or no Internet. It's a hard thing to get right, so get it right before you start putting yourself about.

 

 
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