Your interest in voice overs, how did it come about?
I have been acting since I was 5 years old, and I still spend my spare time involved in my favourite hobby which is acting and singing. Through some friends in my amateur dramatics company, I recorded the lead role in a couple of radio plays that they had written. I enjoyed it immensely, and after receiving numerous compliments on my voice skills, I decided to look into voice over work. Nearly 7 years later, it has become my main job, and I love it! My first project was a short audio book drama, which was a lot of fun to record, as I had to use my acting talents to create numerous different characters.
Pick one style which you feel represents you best?
Definitely bright and clear corporate. I know I can record really comprehensive and informative VO work in a way that is engaging and interesting for the listener, whether they be business people for corporate promotion, or students doing an E-Learning course.
What has been your favorite voice over job to date and why?
Favourite job to date was probably the full length audio book that I recorded for Audible.com, which was of the extremely funny “Henrietta’s War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942” by Joyce Dennys. I just loved reading all the quirky and touching letters which Henrietta was writing to her old friend whilst he was away at war.
What’s a typical day like for you and have you done anything interesting lately?
A typical VO day for me would involve researching any possible jobs that I want to audition for, talking with previous clients about any upcoming or ongoing work that I am doing with them, and then working from my home studio on getting any jobs I do currently have recorded and sent off as promptly as possible, or completing any alterations or re-records too. My most recent job was for a driver’s training company in The UAE.
Do you have a favourite VO and what do you want the world to know about you?
My favourite Vo is definitely Gary Terzza, as I have always liked his voice, so to have then trained with him was a privelidge. I would like the world to know that I am an extremely reliable and faithful Vo who is always 100% committed to any job I do. I always make it my aim to get jobs done well within a set deadline/time frame, which has meant that my reputation in the industry is fast becoming one where any company that hires me knows that they are going to get their job done, and done well, as they want it, when they want it.
Do you think having a regional accents is detrimental to your career?
I have a neutral “suburban” accent, which works very well for most Vo’s, but I can also do a variety of regional accents too, which are very useful depending on the job requirements. Personally, I have noticed in recent years, that regional accents are actually becoming more preferred, especially when it comes to commercial and advertising recordings, which is why I am glad to be able to adapt my voice to suit many styles of job.
Which do you recommend, a home studio or a commercial recording facility?
I have definitely found that having a home studio is much more beneficial for me, as it has meant that I can accept jobs at very short notice and get them done as soon as the client requires them.
Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?
I would say definitely get some good training under your belt. I trained with the highly acclaimed and extremely well respected VO actor Gary Terzza, who has been such a great support for me over the last few years. I would also say to any aspiring talents that you should really try and gain a knoweldge of your value, and do not just take any job going. I have always found that it has been quality and not quantity that has got me where I am today, and that has meant that I have built up a client list of companies who respect me as a VO artist and work with me to create high quality work, rather than cheap badly recorded VOs which lower their impact and reputations.
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