How I got into voiceover.

I've felt the need to be creative since I was quite young, but didn't know how or where to express it.

In my early teens, I went to my first gig and immediately knew that playing guitar and singing was the perfect outlet. I remember telling someone at a party I was going to be a famous rock star. Let's just say, what he said turned out to be correct.

 

For the next 15 years, making music was my absolute passion. I was lucky enough to play shows and festivals all over the UK and even had a teeny tiny bit of Radio 1 airplay! I always took a camera with me and that developed into a keen interest in photography, capturing special moments in a single frame.

During that time I started to volunteer at a community radio station, playing tracks from local bands and live engineering them in the studio. This was my first taster of being a "voice".

Not content with playing in a band and being a DJ's sidekick, I still needed another avenue to create in. I started writing, filming and editing comedy sketches (HILARIOUS). This pushed me towards telling stories and I started to write screenplays and short tales with twists and turns. 

When I finally started to reign back my hectic music schedule, it gave me time to try something else. Jokes (HILARIOUS). This became a bit of an obsession, writing thousands over a couple of years and producing content for several Twitter accounts.

After being made redundant from my 'proper' job in 2018, I decided it was time to do something real with this creativity forever burning inside me.

Enter voice over...

 

I dipped my toes in the water after watching a webinar with Peter Dickson and Hugh Edwards, two stalwarts of the industry.

 

I was fascinated by being able to produce so many different and complex emotions with my voice and not just stupid noises like I had done for the previous *cough*ty five years.

 

This seemed like a challenge - and I was up for it.

And that's the tale of how I got into the voice over business. So here I am...taking my love of storytelling into yet another medium.

 

If you'd like to join names like Lego, RAF, Mercedes, NHS and Costa then do get in touch. Together we can give your brand identity... by giving it a voice.

Martin Whiskin playing a toy guitar on Sunlight Radio

What's my voice like then?

 

  • Natural, friendly, chatty, guy next door  

  • Warm, reassuring, caring, welcoming

  • Playful, fun, comical, sarcastic

  • Over the top, quirky, zany

  • Bright, bubbly, excited

  • Emotional, heartfelt

  • Cool, chilled, real

  • Relaxed, calm, peaceful

  • Informational, straight, corporate

What do I work on?

  • Explainers

  • Commercials

  • Corporate narration

  • On hold / voicemail / IVR

  • Video games

  • Promos

  • Apps

  • Podcasts

  • Toys and games

Martin Whiskin playing guitar on stage in Bristol
Martin Whiskin recording a voiceover in a vocal booth

Services

Studio

Additional skills

Corporate

Explainer

Radio / TV commercials

Radio / TV promo

Video games

Telephone / IVR

Partner for English speaking

Music library

Email / FTP / WeTransfer

Skype / Zoom connection

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Editing

Mixing

Sound design

Self direction

Four headshots of voiceover artist Martiun Whiskin