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I’ve spent all my life in radio, TV and recording studios as a British voiceover. The BBC in London offered me work experience throughout my degree course where I was involved in seeing how dubbing studios worked and life as a British documentary voiceover. The BBC often had to reversion overseas material so I auditioned as an English Voiceover as well as for continuity work on BBC 1.
My first main job however, was at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester as an on-air presenter as well as a British voiceover artist in the commercial production department. Here I discovered the joy of working with professional actors and British documentary voiceovers, learning about the skills of script interpretation, microphone technique, exact timing, and changing the sound of the voice to match the nuances of the script.
As well as working at radio stations, I was also a news presenter for BBC TV based in Bristol, presenting the Points West regional news bulletins; I then moved to Granada TV in Manchester. This is where my skills as a British voice talent really took off. I was in charge of the Men & Motors TV channel, creating exciting car shows with presenters like Richard Hammond, but for very little budget. To save cash I took the role of British voiceover artist for many of the shows. I built my own broadcast quality audio studio and for the last 10 years have been a full time British voiceover. Clients are from so many different countries round the world and there is so much variety in the work. Often my job is as an English voiceover replacing non-English original soundtrack and dubbing over characters in video games. I seem to be much in demand for factual TV programmes, recording the English voiceover as a British documentary voiceover.