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I'm baaaaack...

Yes, that's right gang. I'm back on the blog, miss me? I missed you too. I do hope you've found other blogs to fill your minds with in my absence. 

It's been quite the year. A full time MA and keeping the VO biz going. Good job I'm an organised bod with a penchant for fourteen hour days and no social life. But it was all for the greater good. Nine months on and a new stage of life begins - me the voice coach. It's been going well so far. As well as work in various Drama Schools (RADA, Arts Ed, East 15) I've been collecting an eclectic bunch of 1-2-1 clients who I help with accents, voice for voiceover and general vocal assistance. Add to this some work with comedians for comedy pilots on TV and Radio, merging my two passions of comedy and voice, I don't think I can ask for much more.

Not one to exaggerate (I literally never do...) the course has been a life changer. Not only for me as a voice practitioner but as a person (#barf) Going back to studying at this age has been really hard and my brain has been put through its paces. But now, having survived, I've rediscovered a love for learning things. Some of which is science?! Whaaat? Yes. I know stuff about anatomy and muscles and acoustic science and things. Turns out learning IS fun if it is something that you're actually interested in. Who knew? And they have apps for literally everything these days. Which is both helpful and entertaining. 

The main purpose of this blog is to spread the word about next months exciting project. Myself and fellow voice colleague and pal Laura Hunt are offering Pay-What-You-Can voice coaching to those at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. I'm up at the Fringe with a brilliant show, Welcome to Tiddleminster starring comedian and Twix fan Chris Cantrill, and want to lend a vocal hand to those in need. Be it help with an accent, some warm up ideas, vocal health advice or text work, if you or anyone you know is at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, send them our way. (#festvoice) We are happy to help. We are accepting all cash donations and offers of drinks/show tickets as payment. Which isn't too shabby. Prices usually start at £40-50/hour so if you've got the budget for something that would be fabulous. But I will accept part payment in haggis and hog roast. 

Anyway, a 12,000 word thesis awaits, which is more than I'm used to these days, damn Twitter and it's 140 character limit, so I shall sign off for now. 

Keep an eye on #festvoice and #tiddleminster for all the shenanigans and goings on at the Festival.

Kind regards and thanks for reading.



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.