How did your interest in voice over work come about?
I have always had a strong, commanding voice and so did a lot of MC and compare work from the age of 18. When I trained at drama school to become an actor, I learnt how to use my voice productively, and in a variety of ways. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I enjoy recording smooth, slick VO’s for corporate and commercials etc, but the performer in me loves playing around with characters and accents to create new and interesting voices.
Pick one style which you feel represents you best?
Commercial- anything from hard sell to silky Christmas chocolate adverts!
What’s a typical day for you and have you done anything interesting lately?
I like to involve myself as much as possible with workshops and talks, anything to increase my knowledge of the industry, and any opportunity to enhance my vocal skills. Having my own recording equipment set up in my home also means that I can practice read scripts, commercials, books etc- practice makes perfect after all!
Next week I am doing a tongue twister workshop with Sugar Pod Agency, run by industry professionals Kerry Corran and Tony Mahama.
What has been your favorite voice over job to date and why?
My favorite job was with Media Bounty for an app called Twizoo. I was the voice over for a corporate piece of animation and had to align my voice with the on screen action. It was my first professional job and I recorded it in record time, and the client was ecstatic with the outcome.
Do you recommend setting up a home studio or using a commercial record facility?
I like being in a professional environment when I record, I like as many people to be there as possible to ensure the client has full control of the end result and is 100% satisfied with their choice. However, this isn’t always possible, and some jobs are so last minute that there isn’t time to rent studio space; this is why I have my own equipment, but I would always prefer to meet the client/production team and have the freedom to discuss the piece in person.
Do you have a favorite VO and what do you want the world to know about you?
There are so many fantastic voice overs and so many different styles, too many to pick a favorite I think!
I want the world to know that my dream is to make it to every corner of the world with a different VO job under my belt. I want to be the voice of the biggest brands, for the biggest campaigns, everywhere!
Do you think regional accents hinder success in the voice over industry?
I’m originally from Suffolk, so when I moved to London 5 years ago I had a slight ‘farmer’ twang. I consciously squeezed it out through my acting training as I really didn’t like it! Luckily I am able to slip back into it as and when, but for me RP is my natural speaking voice. I definitely don’t think having a regional accent is detrimental though, who better to advertise Scottish tourism than a true Scott?! Each accent has it’s place.
Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?
There is a lot more to being a voice over than just having a nice voice to listen to, I think a firm background in acting/vocal training is imperative. If you don’t have that training, Excellent Talent has a brilliant package with loads of information and tips on being a great VO.
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