Monte R is the Red Nose Day 2013 trailer voice
Every other year the UK goes a little crazy. And this year, we're proud to say that Widevox and Online Voices have contributed to that craziness.
That's right, it's Red Nose Day again! The day when people across the British Isles do something a little bit silly for Comic Relief, the charity started in 1985 by comedian Lenny Henry and comedy scriptwriter, Richard Curtis. Everyone loves Comic Relief and over the years they have raised millions for charities in Africa and the UK.
When we got an email asking to provide a voice for the trailer for Red Nose Day 2013, we said yes without a pause and we suggested the super talented Monte R.
Needless to say, both we and Monte did this job completely free of charge.
You can watch (and listen to) the trailer below.
We're slightly jealous of Monte as there aren't many voiceovers in the world that can say that they've worked with Miss Piggy AND Jason Donovan!
You can donate to Comic Relief here
What difference does a regional accent make?
Everybody has their own prejudices about different accents. Whichever country you come from there's always one regional accent that is trustworthy, dishonest, happy-go-lucky, salt of the earth, wily, loveable or just the butt of everyone's jokes.
According to an article on the BBC's 'Voices' archive, attitudes towards accents are more affected by social connotations associated with the accent rather than the sound itself, with urban accents such as Brummie (Birmingham accent) and London considered most unattractive to the British ear. But play the sound to someone who has no preconceptions of the city the result is quite different:
American listeners, who do not recognise a Birmingham accent when they hear one, who know nothing about Birmingham and who probably don't even know where it is, do not find the Birmingham accent unpleasant at all. And everything they know about London leads them to find London accents highly attractive.(Bad Language, page 136: Andersson and Trudgill, 1990)
In the UK, received pronunciation (RP) is considered to be the most authoritative accent and intelligent and is the accent that most people expect to hear on national radio and TV.
At Online Voices, we'd like to be able to provide a range of different accents, which is why we have a drop down menu of different accents for UK, Swedish and Latin American accents. In the future, we'd like to be able to do this for all languages, but in the meantime, if you need a specific accent - be it a Tyrolean farmer, a Provençal pensioner or a Texan oil tycoon we'll use our wide network to find the right speaker!
All you have to do is get in touch at email@example.com or ring +46 220 772100 and we'll get to work for you!
Kalle Widelius, Widevox CEO and founder, has been nominated for ‘Business Person of the Year’
The four nominees for Business Person of the Year 2013 have now been confirmed. Företagarna (The Swedish Federation of Business Owners) have chosen our very own Kalle Widelius as one of the nominees. All that remains are a few interviews and presentations before we know who the final winner is. If all goes well, Kalle could go on to the district final, and hopefully the national final for all of Sweden. So keep your fingers crossed!
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