Mastering accents

If you were put on the spot right now, could you very quickly do a Scottish and then a Welsh accent? Or an Australian and then a New Zealand accent? As a voice actor, you want to put yourself in a position to be able to get as much work as possible. One way to […]

Are “creatives” more prone to mental health issues?

The connection between creativity and mental health issues has been cause for debate between philosophers, psychologists and researchers for centuries. Some scholars claim there’s an undisputed, direct link between creativity and mental illness, including bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder and ADHD, while others insist there’s no real evidence to support the theory.We all know the stereotypes […]

Here’s how to take care of your most important asset – your voice!

As a voice actor, there’s plenty you need to be good at, like managing your time, managing relationships, marketing yourself, refining your craft and so on. But none of that matters if your voice isn’t in top shape. It may be stating the obvious but, keeping your vocal cords healthy isn’t as simple as not […]

Breaking the Gender Bias at Work

There are many reasons to be impressed by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, but this South African Women’s Month, as we re-look at the #breakingthebias theme put forward earlier in the year for International Women’s Day, the one reason we want to highlight is how she has worked to break the gender bias in […]

There’s a little Madiba in all of us

“It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not.” This is one of my favourite quotes from Nelson Mandela and […]

The youth perspective

As Youth Day approaches, we chatted to a few of our younger team members to find out how they feel about work, what gets them up in the morning, what scares them and how they feel they contribute to a corporate setting. How would you describe your career at Content Lab so far? “My experience […]

Working in a second language

There’s no doubt that it’s an English-speaking world; English is the official business language in most countries and an estimated 1.75 billion people worldwide speak English at “a useful level”. But for the vast majority of them, English is their second language. In fact, only 360 million people speak English as a first language. That […]

Captions vs. Subtitles

At first glance, captions and subtitles look almost identical, but just because both are essentially words on the bottom of the screen, does not mean they are interchangeable. They fulfil very different purposes. Let’s start with captions. Captions are essentially the text version of the sound heard in a tv programme, movie, or video. They […]

The complex process of dubbing

We’ve explored various elements of dubbing, voice overs and localisation in previous posts; today, we look at the actual in-depth process of dubbing and the main role players involved. First of all, let’s consider the content. The type of content we may work with at Content Lab is a foreign language feature film, for instance […]