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It's a man's world, but not for long...

Look at me, all inspired to write another blog straight away! That's what this is for, right? A table on which to spread my brain matter all and begin heated debates! Or share recipes. Or tentatively enquire as to the treatment of a particularly persistent rash... Ha! I jest. There is no rash. Anymore (thank you anonymous from Burton on Trent)

And not a pixilated cleavage in sight...

And not a pixilated cleavage in sight...

So, yesterday I attended the Woman In Games European conference, run by WIGJ. "Why, Nic? You haven't played a game since Mario Cart on the S.N.E.S."

Er, well that's a lie, Bob, as I'm currently pretty darn good at Plants Vs Zombies 2 on my iPad (other pads are available), so...in your face. Regardless, this isn't about how much you play games, it's about the genii* behind the these games. Specifically those of the female variety. 

 *This is the latin plural for 'Genius'. I like it better than the English translation 'geniuses'. I think the latter sounds like a sneeze. 

Women in Game Jobs is an organisation (founded by A DUDE, shock horror, called David Smith) to celebrate, and develop opportunities for, women in the gaming industry. Admittedly it was a day filled mainly with ladiez, but there were a few chaps there, flying the flag. And how lucky they were too, being surrounded by such a passionate, intelligent and informed bunch of women for the day. Oh, and me.

I went to get an overview of the gaming industry. I want to take my voice acting career in that direction, so it makes sense to know what's going on. Very useful it was too. I listened to the likes of Siobhan Reddy, (Studio Director of Media Molecule), Caroline Norbury, (Cheif Executive of Creative England) and Alison Cressey, (CEO of WIGJ) talk with passion and honesty about current women in gaming statistics, and how this needs to change. I saw incredible showcases of up and coming student game artists and talked to the recruitment team of EA. Not to mention round table talks with Debbie Rawlings (DoO at Auroch Digital) about all female game jams and a discussion with representatives from BAFTA about how to engage with girls at a younger age about the opportunities available to them in the gaming industry. It was an eye opening day. Fuelled by excitement, inspiration and pastries. I hope to be a 'woman in games' soon, at least through my voice anyway.

I'm now eagerly awaiting the attendance of game voices courses at High Score productions and OMUK in the next few months, to flex my game voice acting muscles in a professional setting! I may not look like Lara Croft, but I can certainly talk like her. Or a russian villain. Or a downtown LA hooker. Or a hobo's cat. Or an armless zombie. Or a flippin'... Disney princess! Or whatever you need. 

For now, I'll continue to drive friends nuts talking like Lara Croft, or a russian spy, or a downtown LA hooker, or a...you get the point. Now, be gone. I have work to do *swivels in chair and stokes white cat... MWAHAHAHAHAHA etc.

If you'd like to know more, head to the WIGJ website. About the conference and organisation, not my russian villain voice. That's here...

What a week!

Well, talk about a week. I mean there has been a Monday and a Tuesday already. Heavens. 

Things on the Voice Over career side are going well. The corporate clients keep coming back for more. Looks like Northern Irish businesses are getting savvy with audio marketing, happily for me and my voice.

I'm looking into more training courses to take in the near future. I read about an interesting one on gaming voices with High Score Productions in a blog here by fellow VO Anna Parker Naples.  Plus there are lots to chose from at The Showreel with JP Orr. Having done the Character and Animation Day 1 with Yvonne Morley, I'll be going back for the Day 2 workshop soon. Nothing like learning how to use a bit of 'labio-dentalisation', to sound like Janet Street Porter if you ask me. One day they'll need someone to narrate her biography and she will be too busy with Loose Women to do it and I'll be here. Ready to go. With my upper teeth and lower lip. Labio-dentalising away.

If your interested in the voice acting side of things, check out these videos from the recent 2013 Calgary Expo. There are some interviews with popular voice actors and footage of them playing around with silly voices on well known films. Loads of banter. Hopefully I'll get to go one day. When I've been the voice of the Janet Street Porter video game. I think I need to let that one go. She's probably not interested in gaming...

Our official show image. Ta big G'. That's you Graham... 

Our official show image. Ta big G'. That's you Graham... 

've decided I'm moving back to London. Hurrah! Not until after Edinburgh Festival in August mind. Let's get that out of the way. Show prep is going...well, it's 'going' anyway. Myself and my show partner Graham are in the middle of press releases, prop organisation (yes...there may be a prop #exciting) and just generally getting excited about it. So that's good. That's us to the left, see?

ey guess what, tonight I'm going to The Odeon, Leicester Square to review The Hangover III for Cinema Sauce. Very exciting. I really liked the first one, the second one was fun but nothing new so I'm intrigued to see what they've done with this one. I wonder is it the actual premier? The ticket is really glossy. And it's in a fancy cinema. Ooh, maybe I should wear a frock just incase. Well, I'll tell you about it next week if I've not run off with Bradley Cooper. I wonder if they would ever replace the epic 'Voice Over Man' trailer voice with a 'Voice Over Woman' trailer voice. Maybe a Northern Irish one? I think I could do that. 'Sure it's coming soon, to a cinema near you, so it is...'

If you know the person who makes this decision, reader, tell them I'm available. But not too available. You know, just tell them to call me. Thanks.