How I became a voice over actor
I've felt the need to be creative since I was quite young, but initially 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 going to be the perfect outlet. I remember telling someone at a party shortly afterwards, that I would become a famous rock star. Let's just say, what he said turned out to be correct.
Nevertheless, 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 (100% hilarious). This pushed me towards telling stories and I started to write screenplays and short tales with intriguing twists and turns.
When I finally started to reign back my hectic music schedule, it gave me time to try something else - jokes (again, 100% 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 creative streak running through 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 have done for the entirety of my life.
This seemed like a challenge - and I was up for it.
So, that's the tale of how I got into the voice over business and here I am...taking my love of creativity, storytelling and connecting with people into yet another medium.
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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
Cool, chilled, real
Relaxed, calm, peaceful
Informational, straight, corporate
What do I work on?
On hold / voicemail / IVR
Toys and games
Radio / TV commercials
Radio / TV promo
Telephone / IVR
Voice of God
Email / FTP / WeTransfer
Skype / Zoom connection
Source Connect Now
Podcast editing / production
Kube vocal booth
Sennheiser Mk4 microphone
Rode PSA1 boom arm
Stedman pop shield
KRK Rokit RP5 monitor speakers