Profession audio describer

Audio describers depict orally what happens on the screen or on stage for the blind and visually impaired so that they can enjoy audio-visual shows, live performances or sports events. They produce audio description scripts for programmes and events and use their voice to record them.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Enterprising
  • Artistic / Social

Knowledge

  • Attention to detail

    Performs tasks conscientiously and effectively, taking into account all their aspects, no matter how detailed they are.

  • Types of media

    The means of mass communication, such as television, journals, and radio, that reach and influence the majority of the public.

  • Audiovisual equipment

    The characteristics and usage of different tools that stimulate the sight and audio senses.

  • Pronunciation techniques

    The pronunciation techniques to properly and understandably pronounce words.

  • Time management

    The practices concerning the conscious planning and controlling of the amount of time spent on executing certain tasks to improve efficiency and productivity.

  • Communication related to hearing impairment

    The phonologic, morphologic and syntactic aspects and characteristics of human communication for individuals affected by hearing impairment.

  • Audiovisual products

    The different types of audiovisual products and their requirements, such as documentaries, low budget movies, television series, records, CDs, and others.

Skills

  • Write voice-overs

    Write voice-over commentary.

  • Report live online

    'Live' online reporting or real-time blogging when covering important events - a growing area of work, especially on national newspapers.

  • Support people with hearing impairment

    Accompany the hearing-impaired to facilitate communication in various situations, such as training, work or administrative procedures. If necessary, gather information before appointments.

  • Integrate content into output media

    Compile and integrate media and text content into online and offline systems, such as websites, platforms, applications and social media, for publishing and distribution.

  • Write in conversational tone

    Write in such a way that when the text is read it seems as if the words come spontaneously and not at all scripted. Explain concepts and ideas in a clear and simple manner.

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

    Apply the rules of spelling and grammar and ensure consistency throughout texts.

  • Synchronise with mouth movements

    Synchronise sound recording with the mouth movements of the original actor.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Study roles from scripts

    Study and rehearse roles from scripts; interpret, learn and memorise lines, stunts, and cues as directed.

  • Study media sources

    Study various media sources such as broadcasts, print media, and online media in order to gather inspiration for the development of creative concepts.

  • Cooperate with colleagues

    Cooperate with colleagues in order to ensure that operations run effectively.

  • Present during live broadcasts

    Present live on political, economic, cultural, social, international or sport events, or host a live broadcast program.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

Optional knowledge and skills

use audio reproduction software work with a voice coach vocal techniques operate audio equipment breathing techniques plan audiovisual recording adapt voice register to the audio material coordinate activities in audio recording studio record audio materials use microphone attend read-through perform improvisation multimedia systems manage a good diction add elocution techniques to recording audio materials use a computer use office systems