Why Women Rarely Get To Narrate Movie Trailers...

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 7, 2012 4:47 PM
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According to the BBC anyway, who took on the challenge of trying to make sense of an industry rule. In short, it's a man's world. 

A little hump day diversion on a topic that I've actually never really given much thought to. Then again, I'm a dude, so maybe that's partly why. But it's worth discussing. How much would hearing a woman's voice in the trailer for the next Jerry Bruckheimer movie affect the audience's reactions to that trailer? (h/t Movieline):

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  • Monee Potter | March 13, 2012 8:41 AMReply

    It's very true that it's a man's world out there. It's time to make it an equal world for both men & women at least 50/50 in the movie trailer world!

  • MBagley | March 12, 2012 6:22 PMReply

    This 3 minute piece was so informative and packed with answers about the plight of women in this area of voiceover. I never really thought of movie trailers and why women are not used until now although in the back of my mind I knew something was off balance. Kudos to Tasia and her joyful way of working and Joan Baker who is very innovative in how she thinks ( and stunning too). Joan 's energy was so infectious that I wanted to learn even more about her and her voiceover life. The agent and doctor were also great touches to the piece and added an element that I really liked and got me thinking more. The research is want killed me. How dated and old school. When is society going to grow? BBC did a good piece I just wished it was longer.

  • Pete Chatmon | March 7, 2012 11:47 PMReply

    They psychoanalyze all of this stuff. Think about the NYC subway system. A female voice tells you the next stop but a male voice tells you to "stand clear of the closing doors". They figure thats more authoritative. Subtleties everywhere, though often not so subtle...

  • robbie | March 7, 2012 11:25 PMReply

    Wow I studied from the beautiful Joan Baker years ago at an acting school called Acting Management. She had just started teaching and she was already doing really well in her career. I learned so much for her then and I just knew this was a special person NOW she has become damn near legend and is paving the way for other women too.?? I hope the right people see this and hire these women on movie trailers now. Being a male I even have really grown tired of hearing the same type of voices. Not that they( male voices) don't do the job superbly but the trailers all start sounding the same and I find myself thinking about other stuff. Time for a mix of voices now. Let's step into the 21 century now.

  • James Madison | March 7, 2012 11:10 PMReply

    Good post!

  • Jug | March 7, 2012 8:34 PMReply

    Wow! Very interesting. How funny that we've been programmed to accept only men, cuz if it's authority they want a lot of mothers can get on that ass! LOL I like how Joan threw her Emmy up in the back :-D BTW, that guy Jeff Danis is a pure T a$$hole. LOL

  • jmac | March 7, 2012 9:30 PM

    I recognized Joan's voice immediately. Never knew she was black. Always loved her sound. Other guy just does a second rate Don LaFontaine. Guess it's good he's dead.

  • Sphinx | March 7, 2012 6:21 PMReply

    I thought there were only like two guys anyway. A black dude and a white dude.

    Women do good AI voices, and creepy kid narration, but this is fine the way it is.

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