Some voice-overs call for a pushy, domineering character. This is where a bossy voice comes in handy. If you watched Meryl Streep play as boss Miranda Priestly in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” you get the idea of a pushy boss. It is a familiar voice in situations where power is at play. Suppose this is what you what to achieve, a bossy voice voice over works well for your messaging. It can be a brashy, rough, arrogant, or dismissive voice with a tinge of entitlement.
Most people have had bosses they don’t like. When they recount their experiences, you can hear it from the mimicked voices. The bossy voice keeps the employees in their places and reflects the center of power. In a bossy voice-over, such a sound could range from a high pitch for females, tenors for male or lower voices in the vocal range. In all these cases, there’s a pushy feel to the voice.
There’s a broad audience for bossy voices in performance arts. Movie lovers have shown a proclivity for films with pushy bosses from Bill Lumbergh in “Office Space” Frank Cross in “Scrooged” and even in cartoons. This voice also works well in funny commercials.
Most bosses project this voice to show their power and authority. It could be a high pitched soprano or tenor or the other extreme of bass/baritone, alto, or contralto.
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