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Welcome to Emma Clarke’s global soapbox – the antidote to modern living, encapsulated in a series of freewheeling rants.

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sound effects

Radio copywriters – don’t we just love ‘em! – really, really like sound effects. And who can blame them? After all, radio’s the theatre of the mind. But sometimes copywriters forget they’re writing for radio, or seem to. Here are some of my very favourite sound effects, as suggested by copywriters.
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why i’ll never do porn

Why I won’t do voiceovers or audio for porn. Ever.
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after the vox conference

Well, the Alka Seltzer has now settled after the Vox conference. For those not in the know, this is an annual event when (mostly) UK voiceovers and their colleagues in the world of production collide in a hotel in the midlands for a night of dinner and debauchery. And this year was no exception, only this time, karaoke was involved...
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the unsaid word

When we do ISDN sessions everything’s recorded remotely so I never get to see producers or customers: I never get to see the whites of their eyes… For customers who aren’t used to recording like this, it can be a pretty weird experience.
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“i really want to be a voiceover, can you help me?”

I get hundreds and hundreds – count ‘em! – of emails from wannabe voiceovers who contact me for advice. While I’m flattered that anybody thinks that what I have to say about the business is interesting and even worth listening to, it does rankle when people want to bleed me dry of info and contacts.
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why i love my computer

Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when I’d cheerfully chuck my PC in a skip, or at a passing computer helpline adviser but honestly, without my computer I couldn’t do my job.
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over-written scripts

If there’s one thing that’s going to kill the success of a radio commercial it’s an over-written script. Many’s the time I get sent a fax with gazillions of words and the legend “30 seconds” at the top of the script. Now I know, and the producer knows, that there’s no way on God’s good earth that that’ll fit into thirty seconds.
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why i sound different in real life

In my everyday life, I don’t sound like a voiceover. At all. My natural voice is that of a Cheshire girl, born and bred. When clients hear my flat Manc vowels, they usually panic.
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Some of Emma’s clients

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“The perfect delivery. Every single time. Guaranteed. And always up for a brew and some cake.”
Chris Stevens, director, Devaweb
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“Emma is the best. I have no hesitation in recommending her for any voice over – she can handle anything.”
Mike Wyer, BBC