Your interest in voice overs, how did it come about?
Working for BBC Radio in the 1990s I really enjoyed voicing programme trailers.
At the same time I was recording a children’s story for my three young nephews, sending them regularly instalments. I loved the fact that when I did characters they didn’t know it was me.
Pick one style which you feel represents you best?
Documentary narratives show off the warmth and clarity of my voice and my ability to make a script come alive.
What has been your favorite voice over job to date and why?
My favourite job so far is the one I’m currently working on – being the English voice for a vocabulary app. Why? Because I love words! It’s a lot of fun making the most of a word like ‘Lozenge’!
What’s a typical day like for you and have you done anything interesting lately?
I get online to look for work, I fire up the home studio, I audition for new jobs, I record the jobs I already have, I edit. I make a coffee.
Do you think having a regional accents is detrimental to your career?
I could talk forever about accents and voices; about the influences that people and places have on the way we speak. In England, and presumably everywhere to some degree, it’s tied up with a complicated cocktail of factors like parents, geography, snobbery, education, aspirations.
I have no regional accent. OK everyone’s accent is regional up to a point, but I was sent to English boarding schools from the age of 9 and I have ended up with what you could describe as broadly southern England establishment RP (hey, it’s not my fault, it’s just what happened!)
At the same time I take pride in my ability to produce a number of regional accents which are so good they fool the natives. e,g, Scottish, London, Irish, Yorkshire, Forest of Dean.
Which do you recommend, a home studio or a commercial recording facility?
More and more work needs a home studio now, so it has been essential for me to set one up. But I’ll go anywhere to record if my voice is wanted!
Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?
I read aloud every day. I record my voice and listen to it critically and work on improvements. Pay to get a good demo made.
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