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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 🇨🇦 who shares his experience on learning how to voice act.

You already have audio production experience with your work at Cabin Radio, an independent radio station up in the territories of Canada! So what got you interested in learning how to voice act?

I’ve always been interested in learning how to voice act! As a life-long Simpsons fan, I grew up listening to some of the most talented voice actors of all time. So I always felt it was 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.

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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!

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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, I picked up a new Behringer X2442 audio board, which I am LOVING so far!

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 realize they’re listening to me on the radio is always fun.

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 learning how to voice act?

It would be great to learn some general ways to enhance the sound/presentation/preservation of my voice. There are vocal exercises that I’m likely not taking advantage of that would enhance my pronunciation and preservation of my voice. It is hard sometimes doing hours of on-air recordings, voicing for in-house ads, and then sending voice auditions on top of that. Straining your vocal cords is something you should always be aware of.

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. - @Lekter Click To Tweet

Special thanks to Scott for sharing his experience on learning how to voice act!

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