New faces, new people, new stories — this is New Voices. Here you'll find in-depth interviews and insightful exploratories with new voice actors who nourish the industry. We explore pasts and celebrate presences as we continue creating opportunities for the industry’s future. For this edition of New Voices, we're chatting with Scott Letkeman from 🇨🇦.

We see you already have audio production experience with your work at Cabin Radio, an independent radio station up in the territories of Canada! So tell us, what got you interested in pursuing a voiceover career?

I’ve always been interested! As a life-long Simpsons fan, I grew up listening to some of the most talented voice actors of all-time perform their crafts, and it always felt like something I would love to do.

But radio is absolutely what got me into voiceover – working live in a studio with a commercial producer at my first station gig was eye-opening… as was hearing my first voiceover part on a live ad. It made me cringe every time I heard it. But this motivated me to keep practicing and improve, so that hearing myself on an ad WOULDN’T be a cringeworthy experience.

What makes you nervous about being a voice actor?

The fear of rejection of course! I haven’t been officially booked for a gig yet, so I’ve already felt this a few times now. All we can do is keep auditioning and practicing!

What do you enjoy most about being a voice actor?

The thrill of having my voicing used in a project/ad/production that my friends and family might hear and recognize. Just the look on someone’s face when they’re in the same room as I am and realize they’re listening to me on the radio at the same time is always fun.

What's the coolest audio gadget in your recording space?

I mostly do voiceover work at the radio station (one of the perks of being a part-owner) but just recently picked up a new Behringer X2442 audio board which I am LOVING so far!

New Voices Interview Scott Letkeman with Behringer Selfie

What do you regard as your voiceover speciality?

Versatility! I can do upbeat, silly, warm/inviting & hard sells…although this may put me into the jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none category.

Do you have any questions about the voiceover industry?

Just some general techniques in enhancing the sound/presentation/preservation of my voice would be great to learn!. I know that there are vocal exercises that I’m likely not taking advantage of that would enhance my pronunciation and preservation of my voice. It is rough sometimes doing hours of on-air recordings, voicing for in-house ads, and then submitting freelance voice auditions on top of that — sometimes all in the same day. Straining your vocal chords is something you should always be aware of.

You can find Scott on Voice123 here.

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