Warm, Scottish, clever and friendly
I have a very calm, pleasant Edinburgh accent. I am also very good at standard English and old-fashioned BBC accent. I sound friendly and warm when I do telephone messaging recordings and am very precise and easy to understand for recordings aimed at people for whom English is not their first language. I am very good at reading diifficult text with an accurate, clean, professional touch.
My voice is flexible, relaxed and intimate for long readings, eg talking books.
Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform
• Young Adult Female
• Middle Age Female
Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:
• English - British
I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)
Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)
• Non-Union Jobs
• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories
My Union Affiliations and Memberships
My Recording and Delivery Capabilities
• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail
Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer
My Home Base
London and Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects
Standard Scots, Very Posh Scots, Edinburgh Scots, Leith Scots, Street Scots, Jean Brodie Scots, Highland Scots, Standard Irish, Standard American, RP English, Southern English 'Estuary', BBC English, 1940's BBC English, French accent, Eastern European accent, subtle Italian accent
My Voice Experience
From educational recordings to telephone system announcements via jingles and corporate films... eg. educational cd's for the Oxford University Press, when I had to sight read French as if I was a scottish schoolgirl, which was quite appropriate, as that was about as good as it ever got for me in French! For four years I regularly recorded for Morgan Stanley Bank - all of their internal and external messages, as well as various other clients, which I really enjoy despite knowing the torment it causes the poor customers when I tell them all the options from 1-5... I revel in getting it right on first take, it has never been difficult for me, and I enjoy making something that could be boring sound charming and interesting. I have recorded the voice over for a documentary about the Galapagos Islands and visited there for 4 weeks. I have also just done voice overs for two short films for a UK charity. For my own company I have recorded a voiceover for our promo film, on youtube,
This is a good example of how I speak in every day life.
I am a professional actor, see my website for full details. I have been using my voice as a stage actor since about 1986 and am a trained classical singer.
I have also used my voice as a screen and tv actor and, of course, in recorded voice overs. I appeared on BBC radio twice last year being interviewed about my work as a voice artist.
My Studio Equipment
I have got voice recording software on my iMac. The quality is good enough for a demo and I use it to test things/practise. It is not studio standard although some clients have used it. I could send a demo as an email attachment or burn a CD and post it, I also have access to studio facilities and engineers at various venues in London if you would like me to provide the finished product for you at studio standard.
It will be useful to know that I am a skilled musician and singer and can sight-read music.
I am extremely good at editing text if required and enjoy doing so very much. If you wanted me to tidy up a script and make it more readable, I would be very quick and skilled at that. Though I can make sense of almost anything - after years of acting, I have got awfully good at making any text sound wonderful!
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