Maura Clerkin

Storyteller, genuine, Londoner, BBC, warm, English, British, Irish, RP

Voice Description

Signed with Stars Agency & TGMD Talent Agency. Specializing in documentary narration. Clear, professional, warm voice, classless yet classy. Sense of authority and education, but also of sardonic humor. Energetic with a good sense of being on your side. Versatile, with impeccable diction and clarity. Facility for finding the emotion in every scenario and knowing how much to use it. Suitable for reassuring and informing. Quirky and musical. Natural storyteller with range of different accents, with dramatic and comic characters at my disposal. Announcer and host at Royal Festival Hall's Blitz Festival; Chief Caller at Greenwich Palace New Year celebrations. Nancy Wolfson trained. Multiple accents and characters, specializing in English posh, upper class, cockney, comic, imperious type roles. Also strong on Irish accents (Irish parents). Sample link to recent work:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1456548582/rise-of-the-empire-the-ultimate-star-wars-fan-film

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Child
• Teenage Girl
• Young Adult Female
• Middle Age Female
• Senior Female

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - British
• Irish
• English - Irish

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Songs
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)
• Cartoon/Animation

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories

Jobs for British Equity signatories Jobs for British Equity signatories

Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

None

My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I have ISDN in my studio
• I have Phone Patch in my studio
• I have Source Connect in my studio
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I offer copywriting services
• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
• I offer voice direction services
• I offer radio ad production services
• I have a music library and can add music to any project
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

Los Angeles, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

ACCENTS - mainly British
* ENGLISH: RP, cockney, middle class, upper class, posh, generic, home counties, Yorkshire, west country, estuary.
* IRISH: north, south, east, west, Dublin, Belfast, Kerry, snob, country, educated, leprechaun, colleen, Irish mother.
* SCOTTISH & WELSH.
* EUROPEAN: French, Italian, Greek.
* AMERICAN: New York, generic, southern, west coast.
* AUSTRALIAN

CHARACTERS: Duchess, dowager, queen, governess, snob, witch, classic, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, scullery maid, scrubber, beggar, servant, royal, teacher, nurse, mistress, crone, ghost, clairvoyant, spirit.
Particularly strong on comic characters, vulnerable and overbearing types. Also good on subtlety and the many strata of British society. Having worked as dance teacher, a bus driver and factory assembler, I speak with a range of voices from diverse and historical backgrounds and multiple sections of UK society. As a former newsreader on BBC radio and BBC TV for Schools presenter, I can be any persona in all authenticity!
Emily Blunt in Devil Wears Prada; Judi Dench as M.

My Voice Experience

Recent jobs include:
European Health Parliament, Video Productions Brussels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0nw4f79WlY
Sustainable Mobility Business Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihbRtl-pxqs
Rise of the Empire trailer VO fundraiser: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1456548582/rise-of-the-empire-the-ultimate-star-wars-fan-film
Pearson English Language Learning Training Video
'Chicken Weebus' (Holy Cow), Hirsch Radio for Children
• ‘Goat Story' movie (Pumpkin Lady), Hirsch Film
• 'Wolfhound' movie (Healer), Hirsch Film
• 'I Saw a Movie' (as self), Hirsch Film
• ‘Brandon Corey Story’ movie (Narrator), Truth Seeker TV
• BBC Radio Suffolk, reporter and newsreader 2002
• BBC TV Music Makers for School 1996
• BBC World Service, presenter of Revolver program 2001
• GLR (Greater London Radio), presenter, Irish program 1996
• Official Barndance Announcer at Greenwich Palace 1997
• Dance instruction, Blitz, Royal Festival Hall 1997
• Announcer, South Bank dance festival 2000 & 2001
• Storytelling for Children at LA Irish Film Festival 2009
• Voice / dialect coach for actors 2004, Los Angeles;
• Master of Ceremonies Clore Studio, Royal Opera House 2000;
• Performer solo show LA, Chicago, Dublin, NY, Vancouver

My Training

* Voice over training with Nancy Wolfson / Braintracks Audio
* Broadcast Journalism, London College of Printing
* BBC Radio Suffolk, newsreading, features reporting
* BBC World Service, presenter 'Revolver'
* Greater London Radio, presenter, Irish show
* Improv / Character devt, Impro Theatre, Los Angeles
* Performing Arts, Middlesex University
* Teacher & Adjudicator, Irish Dancing Commission, Dublin
* Arts Designation in Teaching, LA Music Center

My Studio Equipment

Full access to professional studio with ISDN, Phone Patch & Source Connect and same day turnaround.
Also have Home Recording Studio - professionally soundproofed
Audio Technica AT2020 Large-Diaphragm Microphone with Pop Filter and Cable
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface
MS7701 Tripod Boom Microphone Stand
Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones
Software: Audacity for recording & editing for Mac
Apple MacBook Pro 10.11.6

Additional Skills

I use my voice on a daily basis, teaching dance and drama in schools for education bodies in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. I also teach literacy with movement and part of that is presenting written work to an audience. I coach students to project and annunciate.
As a writer, actor and former journalist, I am often asked to assist performers and business people in giving presentations.
A Londoner now living in Los Angeles, I have hung on to my natural accent and working as I do in the Irish Dance world (as an international adjudicator, choreographer, performer and teacher), I can speak with a variety of different Irish accents as well as British.
Although my theater training and strengths lie in comedy, I am impressive as an instructor and announcer at public events and narrating film, book and theater.

Payment Methods Accepted

PayPal
• Credit cards
• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency
• Wire transfers

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Maura Clerkin

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European Health Parliament

Sustainable Mobility

First Steps Reading Program

Videogame Villainess

Human Rights of the Child, UN

Carewatch UK

UK Real Estate Lettings

Business Code of Conduct

T3 Micro Hairdryer

Eddie Education App

Irish Woman