The concept of tags makes sense. Like keywords they are guides to find your way through the morass that is the typical blog, website, PDF, whathaveyou. The problem I have is figuring out what tags to use. Now, on this site, I’ve used tags that seem to make sense based on the topic of the post or key elements in the post. They make sense to me, but whether they make sense to anyone else is, well, anyone else’s guess.**
And that’s the crux of my problem, I suppose, knowing what tags to use that make sense unilaterally. For this blog, I’m not too flummoxed: I know fiction when I write it; I know games when I write about those. Besides, if I ever get too brain-scrambled during the day and have no clue what tag to use here, I can always look up the most commonly used tags (topics) on WordPress here.
However, that doesn’t help me when I post a voiceover demo. Sure, Voices.com has a list of tags to associate with demos, but I have a hard time describing my own voice. Heck, self-description of any type makes me want to hightail it into the woods. So when it comes time to choose those keywords for a demo, I might as well close my eyes and lay a finger on the screen. Whatever I land on is the tag of the day.
For instance, what does a Generation X sound like? A Generation Y? How about the Guy (or Girl) Next Door? To be honest, I listed Guy Next Door as one of my vocal attributes but I couldn’t tell you what that guy is supposed to sound like. I’ve had “guys next door” who vocally reminded me of a nest of hornets . . . or a chainsaw. I’ve also known “guys next door” who had voices that were smooth as silk and could make a phone book sound good. So, what’s a guy next door sound like to you?
Anyway, here’s a partial list of tags used.***
Amusing Animated Announcer Antagonistic
Attitude Attractive Authoritative Believable
Biting Booming Calming Caring
Classy Coach Concerned Confessional
Confident Conversational Deadpan Deep
Educational Executive Explosive Father
Friendly Funny Generation X Generation Y
Genuine Gravelly Guy Next Door Happy
Hard Sell High Energy Humorous Husky
Imaging Informative Interviewer Knowledgeable
Mature Motivational Movie Trailer Narrator
Natural Newscaster Political Pompous
Professional Raspy Royal Sarcastic
Serious Sincere Smooth Softspoken
Soothing Sophisticated Storyteller Strong
Superhero Sweet Thoughtful Tough
Upbeat Urban Warm
If you have the time, give a listen to some of my vocal demos and let me know what you think my voice sounds like. I’d appreciate the assistance.
*No, I still haven’t gotten the hang of typing and not looking at the keys. I’m still in the practice-every-few-days mode of “Learning to Type the Right Way.”
**If the tags used here don’t make sense, please let me know. Since I would like to improve the blog, any feedback is much appreciated. Thanks.
***I eliminated such things as African American and Girl Next Door since they were pretty obviously not in my vocal range. This despite years of repeating the line, “Luke, I am your father” and just never quite getting the same quality as James Earl Jones.
Further note. The above set of columns look horrible. Not sure what I’m missing in WordPress that might allow proper alignment of columns.