Sing it loud….sing it CLEAR!!!!

I had the opportunity to go out in town last night and enjoy one of the many free concerts being held during the summer. I LOVE hearing live performances – by that I mean people singing live and playing accompanying instruments.  The band we saw was great; they performed recent songs from the charts as well as some classics that we all know and love.  The group comprised two lead singers – a male and a female, two backing singers and the musicians. Both singers last night were fabulous; the young girl in particular had a fantastic voice. My heart…

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Children Stories Narration

Children’s story narration is one element of my work that I absolutely love. It’s all about engaging the young listener, making them believe they’re truly inside the story, painting pictures with words that has them hanging onto every word. As a drama teacher working with children aged 3-18 I’ve made up hundreds of stories and scenarios with the students using character voices and a huge range of different emotions to bring a story to life. Also, as a mother of two children I’ve lost count of the hours I have read to my children and being a bit of a…

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Justifying the cost of a voice recording (also known as why I charge what I do)

I believe I am a competitively priced Professional Performing Voice Artist (aka voice over) but I have been asked on occasion “How do you justify the cost to the client for a voice-over? Don’t you just sit in front of the microphone, read the script, take out the “bloopers” twiddle a few knobs and return it to the client for final approval?” I’m quite sure there are voice-over “professionals” who do just that, but that’s nothing like the service I offer my clients. Before I even step into the studio I’ve been drinking warm water, munching an eye watering dark…

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