Peter is a full-time British voiceover with his own broadcast quality studio and was for many years a BBC news bulletin presenter, so he certainly enjoys the freedom that VO works gives him.
"In my life, one moment, you're a straight and sober announcer of a corporate video, then you're mega-enthusiastic for a TV spot, and next you're a crazed wizard on the path of revenge in some bizarre video game." says Peter, obviously relishing the variety of work that comes in. "VO work sure beats reading farming weather news on local radio!"
Professional voiceovers are in great demand for events, conferences, car launches and award ceremonies, adding the extra shine to the occasion, announcing speakers, linking the sections or calling award winners on stage, or needed simply to announce when it is time for a new performance or presentation to begin.
Peter has been booked many times over the years for events such as these as a so-called “Voice Of God” or VOG announcer. Usually, he is sent a script and his studio outputs various announcements as separate files to be triggered by the events technical crew at the right moment.
For some events, in particular, award ceremonies, he is booked to physically be on a microphone behind the scenes to speak the announcements live. The reason for this, even though it is a more expensive option, is that quite often the running schedule changes at the last minute, new announcements are required on the night, people called to come up on stage are simply not there, or fall over drunk on their way to the stage, so Peter’s background as a live radio and TV announcer/presenter comes to the fore so he can ad-lib when required or hit precise split-second timings on a live talk-over video. Peter has also worked with unpredictable comedians on stage – in the last year this has included Jason Manford and Paddy McGuiness for the huge Virgin Media staff awards ceremonies, and they often need the “straight man” of the VOG to play against throughout the event.
Check out Peter's other demos at Great British Voices