Voice Over: Park Reveal for Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023
Andy Taylor narrates the promotional, fan engagement video above – revealing the location and park concept for the upcoming 2023 Invictus Games in Germany. Created by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games is a bi-annual international sporting competition featuring wounded, injured and disabled athletes who are all military veterans. In Harry’s words, the Invictus Games “demonstrate the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and demonstrate life beyond disability.”
The short video was animated and produced by Tapeheads.de.
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Thoughts on the Invictus Games from Voice Artist Andy Taylor
As a former radio broadcaster, I spent 10-years hosting a morning radio program in Missouri, and intimately understand the sacrifices made by those who serve. During my time at KTTS, I devoted most of my community outreach to issues facing Reservists, National Guardsmen and women – and most importantly, the families forced to endure each deployment. These heroes are my neighbors. Many have become my closest friends. To have the opportunity to play a small role in promoting Germany’s upcoming Invictus Games is a humbling honor. I hope to play an even greater role in ensuring the event’s success, giving these athletes an opportunity to achieve their greatest potential; to make their families beam with pride as each triumphs over the psychological and physical obstacles that are a direct result of their willingness to serve. As an American, I am forever grateful to our nation’s veterans – including my father and father-in-law. I will never be able to repay them for the freedoms I enjoy, thanks to their enduring sacrifice.
Andy Taylor | Voice artist, Voice Over Andy Taylor
Narration for Television/Web Programs, Promos and Sponsor Bumpers
Technology continues to disrupt and transform how viewers access shows, consequently the role of voice over in television continues to expand. Traditionally, nonfiction programming like documentaries featured a popular host who spoke directly to viewers in frame. While the host narrated most of the program, the viewer still had an established idea of who was speaking. Meanwhile, for decades fictional sitcoms featured the same set of actors portraying known characters in weekly, relatable stories.
That said, with the 1980’s rise of cable networks and the subsequent need to design shows more affordably, faceless voice over spiked. As a result, nonfiction programming like news specials and documentaries often featured a single narrator, never seen on camera. Additionally, fictional sitcoms like The Wonder Years (inspired by narration-heavy movies like A Christmas Story and Stand By Me) used voice over as the driving narrative, as well.
What started as a cost-saving measure (voice-only roles don’t pay the scale of on-camera work), became an effective asset. Many producers and directors quickly understood the value of presenting content without a host’s intervention. Put another way – instead of hiring a “star” to deliver the narrative, the narrative was the “star.” No distractions and no viewer pre-judgement based on the talent hired.
Television Program Voice Over by Andy Taylor
Along with web-based programming, Andy Taylor provides voice over for national and local network shows like Arthur Ashe Kids Day on ABC and BU Terriers Unleashed on NESN in New England. Additionally, he is the network bumper voice for ESPN’s coverage of World Team Tennis.
When you require American voice over for your upcoming television pilot, get in touch with Andy Taylor. Request a demo for your program and see if Andy’s sound fits your vision for the overall production.