What was your first taster of voice over work?
I kind of cheated really…. I was a radio presenter before I was a voice over artist so I craftily sneaked in through the back door. A friend who runs a sports channel (Premier Sports) asked me to voice a few promos and automated telephone shenanigans and they keep on asking me to do it now!
I created, write and present a comedy podcast called Dan Life Coach ( http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/dan-life-coach/id487848756 ) which meant that I had to buy the podcasting equipment, and being in radio, I knew I needed good quality kit. Seeing as I had it all for the podcast, I use it on the voice overs.
What has been your favourite voice over job to date and why?
I wrote a story about dog poo after being challenged on Twitter. I won’t into how it came about but I decided to give it a go. I liked it when it was done and so did some other people. So I recorded it for myself and, along with my podcast, it could be one of my favourites. OR….. it could be a promo that I threw together for a talkSPORT interview I was going for as creative writer. I should pop that in Piehole as it happens!
If you had to pick one style which you feel represents you best what would it be?
I am not sure about style. I am excitable and “sporty” for the sports promos, but if I had to choose one, then I would have to go for comedy. Even though I don’t have a “funny voice” per sé, I would like people to think I can deliver in a funny way.
Have you been involved in anything interesting lately?
Take a look at the podcast….. always interesting! And mostly unexpected.
Any advice for aspiring voice overs?
Either get a load of friends who work for TV channels, radio stations or other media conglomerates so that they can send work your way, or listen to the advice in the PieHole blog. And Karl. He is very helpful.
Have fun. You can hear a smile a million miles away.
Anything else you would like to let us know?
Make sure you do your shopping at LIDL Ireland as I am currently appearing in their adverts and I’d quite like to be asked to do Christmas specials. Every little helps. Oh wait, that’s Tesco, isn’t it?