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How to Record a Great Voiceover Audition Self-tape

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Although many voiceover jobs are booked directly from your reel, clients often request a sample reading of their script. Occasionally you’ll have to come to a studio for voiceover auditions, but it’s becoming more and more common for clients to ask you to do a ‘self-tape’ on your phone. Just like with auditions in a voiceover studio, it’s important you make a good impression. Here are some tips for recording a great self-tape – and hopefully they will help you get the job!

Minimise external noise and dampen sound

Try to avoid rooms with hard surfaces – this will create an undesired reverb effect on your recording.

Recording a good self-tape starts with creating the right environment. You’ll never be able to block out all the external noise as we can in the studio, but pick the quietest room in the house. Try to avoid rooms with hard surfaces, like tiled rooms, plastered walls or brick walls – this will create an undesired reverb effect on your recording. To test the space, you can try clapping your hands to hear the echo/reverb. A small space, like a walk-in closet works great. Also, the clothes will dampen or deaden the sound, reducing the reverb/echo effect. Play this recording to hear how a tiled room affects your recording:

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Another great trick is holding a duvet (or a blanket) over your head while you record or even making a little box-shape with your duvet on the bed (very useful if you are in a hotel room!). A bit awkward and does look very silly but it really cuts out noise and dampens external sound. This will also tighten the recorded sound, giving it a ‘studio’ feel. Play this recording to hear how a blanket can improve sound quality:

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We suggest trying this out to hear the outcome. Early mornings are often a quieter time of the day to record. Listen for background noises like air conditioning, refrigerators or ticking clocks and eliminate any unnecessary sounds you can.

Rehearse the script

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Use a duvet to create a make shift booth and minimise external noise.

The client wants to hear your interpretation of the script and will generally give you directions on what they are looking for in the performance. Do your best to follow these directions regarding tone and pace. If they don’t provide any direction, use your skills as an actor to determine the emotion the script is trying to express. Look for adjectives in the script – they will often give you a good idea of the tone required. Figure out which words to emphasise and try out a variety of different reads.

Don’t overdo it. You want your voice to be fresh when you start recording, but get an idea of what you want to do with the script before you start.

Record multiple takes of the script

There are lots of different voice-recording apps out there for both iPhone and Android, many of them free. If you don’t already have a voice recorder on your phone you’ll need to download one and familiarise yourself with how it works. Also make sure you know where the microphone is on your phone – you’d be surprised how many record speaking into the wrong end! We’ve used the iPhone’s ‘Voice Memo’ app for all the demos and photos in this article.

At the beginning of each take make sure to ‘slate’ – just give your name unless the client has asked you to include other information. It’s a good chance to ‘introduce’ yourself to the client. Keep it natural and relaxed.

Example of a good audio level
Ideally you should be getting a good level without clipping.

For short scripts, record two or three takes, reading different variations in a row. If the script is longer, you can record separate files for each variation. If you are presented with a very long script, simply record one or two paragraphs, lasting no longer than 30 seconds. Even though you have recorded 10 takes, it can show confidence to supply only 2-3 takes.

Make sure you don’t distort the microphone (also called ‘clipping’). Most recording apps will have an input meter to show if you are ‘hitting the reds’ and distorting the sound. At the same time, a very low recording level will leave a lot to be desired. It’s a good idea to practice getting the right recording level. Ideally you should be getting a good level without clipping the recording.

Another thing to keep in mind is ‘popping’. If you are VO artist you most certainly will have heard this term mentioned in the studio. It primarily happens on ‘plosive’ sounds (words that include B or P for example) and without getting too technical it’s essentially a burst of air hitting the microphone, creating an unnatural ‘pop’ or ‘thump’ sound. The closer you are to the mic, the worse the popping gets. So to test this, simply say ‘pop’ into the mic a few times and listen back for an unnatural distorted sound. Play these files below to hear examples of plosives and a clean recording:

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Send the files

Before you send the files, have a listen to them. Make sure they’ve recorded properly and you’re happy with the takes. If you are using the standard recorder on an iPhone, the app will name the file automatically, so when you send the files, be sure to label them with your name and the client or project name, for example: JohnSmith_Nespresso. If you are sending multiple files you’ll need to number them as well, so JohnSmith_Nespresso_02.

In terms of formats, an MP3 file is preferable, so if your app gives you the option, choose MP3. With other formats you might run the risk of not being included in the casting if the client cannot play your files.

Once you’ve sent the files, pat yourself on the back and go about your day. As with all castings, once you ‘walk out of the room’ forget about it!

SEE SOME OF OUR ARTISTS’ LATEST WORK

Well we’ve had a lot of busy voiceover Artists recently! Here are some fantastic videos to prove it.

Get your ‘paws’ on NowTV’s new passes, where Max Warrick is the voice of a teddy bear!

 

 Lisa Kelly King lays her cards on the table  for William Hill Vegas:

 

Invest in Georgina Sutcliffe as the voice of the new Scottish Widows TV commercial:

 

Darren Clarke lends his smooth tone to Cornerstone:

 

Turn your hearing aid up for Shane Attwooll in SunLife’s Over 50 Plan:

 

Become empowered by Joseph Bader in Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro commercial:

Keep up the good work one and all!

BABIES IN THE BOOTH

We have some new arrivals at Soho Voices!

Introducing TOM GRAHAM‘s bundle of joy – kicking off this mini series:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say bonjour to MIA NAVELLOU‘s adorable bébé Ellie:

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGINA SUTCLIFFE‘s Max likes to turn up the volume:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOANNA ELIOT‘s Tabitha takes the mic – sounding fabulous:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcoming Goldie, the new addition to our American roster, pictured with daddy DAN CRANE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a world where one boy named Manni and one MAYA SONDHI take on a session in The Studio:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAM DOUGLAS‘s Isabelle is ready for her close up:

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANGELA PETERS‘s Otto goes goo goo ga ga over VOs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOSH CASS‘s little Joel reels in the cuteness:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huge congratulations to all of the new mummies and daddies on our books!

TO SEE, OR NOT TO SEE: THAT IS THE QUESTION

TO SEE, OR NOT TO SEE: THAT IS THE QUESTION – NICHOLAS FARRELL IN HAMLET

Of course, “To see, or not to see” is not really the question, as very few have been lucky enough to get a hold of tickets for this 3 week performance starring Tom Hiddleston in the titular role.

If you are one of the lucky ones, please do revel in Nicholas Farrell‘s performance as King Claudius in Kenneth Branagh’s Olivier Award-winning theatre company’s (in co-production with RADA) production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

The production is in aid of the RADA Attenborough Campaign to support the transformation of RADA’s Chenies Street site in London, further developing the Academy as a world-leader in dramatic arts training. Tickets were allocated by ballot and first night reviews are now in. The Guardian gave a 4 star review, singling out Nick’s performance:

“One of the best comes from Nicholas Farrell, whose Claudius starts as a wholly plausible, persuasive head of state and then slowly reveals his moral turpitude: I loved the moment when he inquired, in astonishment, “From Hamlet?” as letters arrived from his supposedly murdered nephew.”

Read the rest of the article here.

If you are one of the lucky few who has secured a ticket and have a spare plus one, please give the Soho Voices office a call!!

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Tom Hiddleston as Hamlet with Nicholas Farrell as King Claudius

WELCOME PHOEBE PRYCE!

Soho Voices are pleased to welcome new talent Phoebe Pryce!

Phoebe already has extensive theatre credits, most notably as Jessica in The Merchant of Venice where she starred alongside her father Jonathan Pryce, playing his daughter on stage.

Phoebe’s voice is expressive, warm and elegant. Make sure you have a listen!

Phoebe Pryce Voiceover Artist

 

NEW ARTIST: OMAR MALIK!

We are happy to welcome Omar Malik to Soho Voices!

Omar is a fresh young talent who has already made his mark on our screens on shows such as Coronation Street, The Tracy Ullman Show and the feature film Take Down.

He also has extensive theatre credits which include David Walliams’ World Premiere UK tour of Gangsta Granny and most recently East is East for the renowned Nottingham Playhouse.

Omar’s voice is confident and conversational and he is also fluent in Urdu and Hindi!

And great fact alert: Omar has trained with the RAF! From joining a local squadron, he worked his way up the rank structure to Flight Sergeant and has many awards and accolades to his name.

Promo picture of Omar Malik

 

NEW ARTIST ALERT: WELCOME CHIZZY!

Please welcome the wonderful Chizzy Akudolu to our roster of talent!

Chizzy will be known to most of you as Mo Effanga from Holby City. Her portrayal was so well received that it led to two Awards and a nomination for Best Newcomer at the NTA’s.

Chizzy’s voice is genuine, optimistic and self-assured.  She is also a writer, skilled calligrapher and martial artist to boot – there’s much more to her than meets the eye!

Headshot of Chizzy Akudolu

 

Our ‘Funny Guy’ Nigel had quite the tour!

Our ‘Funny Guy’ Nigel had quite the tour!

Our American in Britain Nigel Barber has been touring the UK with the fabulous Funny Girl for the past few months. Has that stopped him from doing voiceover work? Not likely!

Nigel has been able to fit in a great number of jobs while he’s been away, experiencing the delightful voiceover studios in Bristol, Plymouth, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and Nottingham to name but a few along the way!

We’d love to know if another Voiceover Artist can claim to have visited as many studios all across the UK in as short a space of time! Let us know if you can top Nigel – but of course, you’ll need photographic proof! Thanks to Nigel’s twitter for all these wonderful snaps!

What a busy American!

 

 

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Our Voiceover artists have been busy!

Our Artists have been very busy recently! This diverse selection was featured on TV and radio this week:

Kim Hillyard can currently be heard narrating the series of Baby Ballroom on 5STAR:


(Thursday’s at 9pm since you asked)

Laura Howard has voiced this beautiful film for Coventry Building Society:


(recorded and mixed at Voiceover Soho!)

and Richard Cotton has two great TV commercials running at the moment – one for Bosch and one for Prime Location – what a busy boy!

 

It’s not just our UK Artists, our Americans are working hard as well! Clare Latham lent her luxurious tones to this rather nourishing shampoo commercial for Nexxus:

And finally, Kasper Michaels‘ is currently narrating the ‘Mysteries of the Abandoned’ documentary series for the Science Channel!
Keep up the good work everyone!

Warm welcome to the multi-talented Steven Berkoff

We are honoured to have actor, director, playwright and author Steven Berkoff joining our roster. He is familiar for his villainous roles in films such as Rambo, Octopussy and War & Remembrance but it is for his work in the theatre that he is most highly regarded. His original plays include West, Decadence, Greek, Kvetch, Acapulco, Sink the Belgrano & Messiah. Also he has created many adaptations for the stage, directing and touring Kafka’s Metamorphosis & The Trial and Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher as well as productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet & Macbeth and Oscar Wilde’s Salome.

Take a listen to his powerful voice here.

VOICEOVER SOHO ARE EXPANDING!

VOICEOVER SOHO ARE EXPANDING!

We are very excited to announce that Voiceover Soho the Audio Post Production side of our company are expanding to a much bigger site just off Charlotte Street and Soho Voices are moving with them!

We will wave goodbye to our studios in Greek Street and say hello to 33 Tottenham Street on Monday 6th March! 

The new facilities will have four new studios equipped with 7.1 Dolby Atmos! 

We will announce  some ‘open evenings’ very soon, look forward to seeing you!

 

Mark Inscoe steps in to Death Takes a Holiday

MARK INSCOE STEPS INTO DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY

Maxwell Caulfield has withdrawn from the European premiere of the musical Death Takes a Holiday due to unforeseen circumstances and the role of Duke Vittorio Lamberti will now be played by our very own Mark Inscoe.

Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso also head the cast of the much-anticipated staging of Maury Yeston’s musical, which is based on the Italian play ‘La Morte In Vacanza’ by Alberto Casella.

The romantic tale was previously made into a 1934 film starring Frederic March and was also the inspiration for the 1998 Brad Pitt movie Meet Joe Black. The musical Death Takes a Holiday made its debut Off-Broadway in 2011.

Mark Inscoe played Hugh Dorsey in Thom Southerland’s acclaimed production of Parade at Southwark Playhouse. His many musical theatre credits include William Desmond Taylor in Mack & Mabel (Chichester), Emile de Becque in South Pacific and Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady (Kilworth House), Captain Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music (Leicester Curve), Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Palace) and Tabarro in La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory).

The third production in Thom Southerland’s first season as artistic director, following on from the critically acclaimed Titanic and RagtimeDeath Takes a Holiday will run from 16 January until 4 March 2017 at the Charing Cross Theatre with a press night on 23 January.

 

Voice Artist News Roundup

Here’s the latest news from our Artists this week!

DANNY CARMEL lends his voice to the fabulous Prisoner Zero, which is currently broadcasting on ABC!

Have a look at the action here:

 

Meanwhile, AISLINN DE’ATH recently featured in the UK’s biggest ever FMV game, The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker which comes out in December:

 

JENNIFER SAAYENG is currently starring in Ragtime at The Charing Cross Theatre, which has been receiving great reviews! You can see the musical until the 10th December.

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TOM MUMFORD plays the lead Felix in Spoilers, which has recently been nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award!  Catch it on BBC iPlayer until the 12th November.

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Finally, SARA VICKERS stars in the second series of Lovesick which starts on Netflix on the 17th November. The first series followed Dylan as he was diagnosed with chlamydia and has to contact all of his previous sexual partners to inform them that he has the disease…

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November News!

November News!

Our Artists have been a busy lot recently, here’s just a taster of what they’ve been up to:

DEBBIE CHAZEN will be appearing in The Girls, a new musical based on Calendar Girls, with music by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth.

gary barlow & The GirlsGary and some of the cast (including Debbie) will be singing a number from the show on Strictly Come Dancing this Sunday 6th November on BBCOne! Here’s Debbie in rehearsals:cwckayyxyae7dxh

 

Elsewhere, BENTLEY KALU appears in this hilarious new Nespresso commercial alongside George Clooney and Ian McShane! 

 

And to all those in the US, you can catch OLIVER WALKER as Cecil Thompson in Indian Summers on PBS on Sunday nights. Here is he with Madeleine, played by Olivia Grant.

Episode 10 Scene 45: Interior Royal Simla Club; Cecil (OLIVER WALKER) with Madeline (OLIVIA GRANT). Cynthia (JULIE WALTERS) introduces the Soods' whilst Ronnie kisses Sarah.

 

More Artist news to come soon!

Teitur

TEITUR ARNASON: 1983 – 2016

Dear All,

It is with the greatest sadness that we must inform you that our dearly beloved friend and colleague Teitur passed away on Saturday night.

It was totally unexpected and we are all shocked and devastated. 

As our senior engineer, most of you will have worked with Teitur and I’m sure you will join me in recognising his professionalism, his friendliness and great humour that always put everyone at ease in the booth. He was such a beautiful guy who loved music, basketball, analog synths, cycling, Guinness, ICELAND and most of all life, and he will be so greatly missed.

Please bear with us at this difficult time if we are slow to respond.

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A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur…and Debbie Chazen too!

Our talented DEBBIE CHAZEN stars in Tennessee Williams’ A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur now on at the Coronet Print Room.

It’s Sunday morning in early June, 1930s St Louis. In a sweltering apartment, as Dorothea completes her rigorous daily exercise regime, Bodey is in the kitchen, frying chicken for a picnic at Creve Coeur Lake. Upstairs neighbour Mrs Gluck has depression so bad she can’t even make coffee, and now Dorothea’s spinster colleague Helena arrives with the news that she’s found a lovely new apartment for them to share. But Dorothea’s mind is elsewhere, hoping for a call from the man of her dreams…

You can catch the play until 7th October, book your tickets here.

 

LAURA HOWARD IS MAKING MISCHIEF

Laura Howard is ‘Making Mischief’ at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s first festival of bold and thought provoking new plays: Making Mischief

The four plays (Always Orange, Revolt She Said. Revolt Again., Fool Of The Kingdom, Rise Of The Foot Soldier & Joanne) explore language, race, gender and life in Britain today, asking: What is unsayable in the 21st century?

Laura appears in Always Orange and Fall of the Kingdom Rise of the Foot Soldier.

Always Orange is a tragicomic exploration of how to be human in a world always on edge. Fall of the Kingdom Rise of the Foot Soldier highlights the ignorance of middle-class tolerance and exposes the deep wound of cultural tension cutting through modern England.

The plays run for a month from 27th July and you can get your tickets here  fall-of-the-kingdom_-rise-of-the-foot-soldier-rehearsal-photos_-july-2016_2016_photo-by-freya-scott-_c_-rsc-_197423.tmb-gal-670

TAKE A ‘LOCH’ AT THESE NEW VOICES

Take a LOCH at our fabulous new Scottish Voices!

Introducing…new scottish voices

David McGranaghan an actor and comedy writer who works between theatre and film, having performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of The Homecoming, Taming of the Shrew, MacBeth and Merchant of Venice, Donmar Warehouse and National Theatre of Scotland’s co-production of Be Near Me, Jersey Boys in London’s Prince Edward Theatre and Chariots of Fire in London’s Gielgud Theatre.

After his own sketch show Dave McG TV received over 2 million hits online, David was commissioned by AOL’s new comedy channel Quipster to produce comedy content. He is filming his third series for Quipstar.

Iain Stuart Robertson has performed in theatres the length and breadth of Great Britain, clocking up over a hundred productions in the process. Some favourite roles include Gandalf in “The Hobbit” (UK tour), Mozart in “Amadeus”. Oberon in “The Dream”, Abel in the TMA Award winning “Tom’s Midnight Garden” at the New Victory Theatre in New York.

TV work includes “The Bletchley Circle”(ITV), “William and Catherine-A Royal Romance”(Hallmark Channel), “Danni’s House”(BBC), “Doctors”(BBC), “Crisis Control”(BBC), “The Bill” (ITV), “Bella and the Boys”(BBC), “Casualty”(BBC), “Taggart”(ITV).

His film work includes Hippolyte in “Love’s Labours Lost”, Dukes Man in “As You Like It” and Papageno’s Gaoler in “The Magic Flute” all directed by Kenneth Branagh, Kent in “King Lear” directed by Brian Blessed and Ross in “Macbeth”.

See Iain’s full bio here.

Sara Vickers, an Edinburgh born actress who has worked extensively in TV, film and theatre including a regular role on ITV’s Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour, as Joan Thursday. Other credits include Sunshine on Leith (DNA films) , Shetland (BBC), Mandown (CH4) and Privates (BBC).

Theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (HOME, Manchester), ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Lady from the Sea (Manchester Exchange).

See Sara’s full bio here.

Now You See Me 2

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Now You See Me 2 stars four of our very own Zach Gerard, Cyd Casados, Martin Delaney and Marc Benanti, along with an all star cast Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

Check out the trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I8rVcSQbic

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‘Today I Live’ featuring Richard Cotton!

Can desire transcend time?

A man and a woman living centuries apart in the same flat gradually become aware of one another. This mysterious sexual charge permeates their work and their sleep, driving them to distraction and inspiration.

In 2017, Niaz, a British-Iranian artist seeks refuge to unravel which elements of her current crisis are existential and which are marital. In 1821, Michael, an Irish mapmaker, is scarred by the Napoleonic wars, his new solitary life a temporary shield from the shadows of his Dublin past.

As the walls between Michael and Niaz crumble, ghosts long-forgotten find their way home.

 

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As part of the 10-day RADA festival this summer, our very own Richard Cotton (Fab Shack Productions) has been working alongside Writer Susan-Jane Harrison, and Director Delyth Jones, to produce ‘Today I Live‘, a baffling yet profound play in which Richard stars as Michael, the Irish Mapmaker.

Catch Richard at one of the following performances at the GBS (George Bernard Shaw) Theatre:

Thu 23 Jun, 7:15 pm;
Sat 25 Jun 4:15 pm;
Tue 28 Jun, 7.15 pm;
Wed 29 Jun, 9:15 pm;
Thu 30 Jun, 2:15 pm;
Sat 02 Jul, 2:15 pm

£12/£6 concession
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Watch the trailer here
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See Christien Anholt in theatre now!

Our wonderful Christien Anholt both directs and stars in the play Wastwater which first premiered at the Royal Court in 2011.

The play is written by Simon Stephens, twice Olivier Award winner and playwright of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  

Set within the shadow of Heathrow, the play centres on three seemingly conventional yet fractured relationships which are on the brink of monumental change; A mother and a son go their separate ways, two lovers embark on sexual betrayal and a contractual arrangement takes upon a terrifying dimension…

Wastwater is on now until 4th June at the Tabard Theatre. Book tickets here

Christien Anholt in Wastwater
Christien Anholt in Wastwater

All The World’s A Stage!

Four-time Olivier Award nominee Michael Pennington leads a cast of fourteen distinguished actors in Max Webster’s epic new interpretation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, which marks the 400th anniversary of his death and tours the UK after opening at Royal & Derngate.

Our very own Shane Attwooll stars as Cornwall in this dramatic retelling of the Bard’s play.

To see tour dates and book your tickets, follow this link.

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Nigel Barber – Voiceover Showreels

With almost half a century of Film, TV, Stage, and Radio acting under his belt, our very own Nigel Barber has proved himself to be an unstoppable force in the media industry.

Portraying the likes of Presidents and Agents, Sheriffs and Detectives, and even ‘Head of Nation’ in Spectre, the latest Bond film.

In short – this guy has seen it all.

Being such a prolific actor, it’s no surprise he’s racked up a wealth of Voiceover work too.
Providing an authoritative yet reassuring voice for the likes of Ferrari, IBM, Arcadis and Hyundai, Nigel is as relentless now as he’s ever been!

See for yourself in his new Voiceover Showreels:

Commercial

Nigel Barber – Commercial Voiceover Showreel – 2016 from Soho Voices on Vimeo.

Corporate

Nigel Barber – Corporate Voiceover Showreel – 2016 from Soho Voices on Vimeo.

Documentary

Nigel Barber – Documentary Voiceover Showreel – 2016 from Soho Voices on Vimeo.

Looking back at 2015

What a totally wonderful 2015 we’ve had!!

Here are a few of the many many fantastic jobs we’ve done this year.

A huge thanks to all our incredibly talented artists
and of course our lovely clients!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and we’re raising a glass to a wonderful, exhilarating and very Happy 2016!!

Pandora Essence Collection – Lydia Rose Bewley (video not currently available)

OFFSET 2015 Title Video – Donal Cox

Paradise Bay TVC, King.com – Elizabeth Guterbock

Bank of America Merrill Lynch TVC – John-Christian Bateman

Lost My Name, Children’s Book App – Joanna Eliot

Richard Cotton – Soho Voices Feature

Richard Cotton – A Soho Voices Feature

If you have a TV at home it’s very likely you’ve come across Richard Cotton‘s voice. He has voiced several Documentaries, TV shows (such as Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial on BBC2), TV Commercials and charity adverts for Save the Children and Macmillan Cancer Support, and many more.
He’s not only got a great voice but he’s also a brilliant actor just finished playing the lead, Euripides, in Howard Barker’s new play “Dogdeath in Macedonia” at the GBS Theatre at RADA Festival.

We’ve put together a Video Voice Reel to showcase some of Richard’s work over the last year, and you can also listen further to his Voice-Reels below.

Richard Cotton – Commercial Voice-Reel
Richard Cotton – Narration Voice-Reel
Richard Cotton – Character Voice-Reel

Sotheby’s Francis Bacon ‘Study for a Pope I’

Nick Brimble has voiced this great film on Francis Bacon’s Papal obsession produced by Sotheby’s Auction House, who will hold the auction of his painting ‘Study of a Pope I’ this Wednesday 1st July.

Francis Bacon was fascinated by portrayals of the Pope and returned to the theme repeatedly over a twenty-year period of his career. ‘Study for a Pope I’, a dramatic reinterpretation of Diego Velázquez’s ‘Portrait of Pope Innocent X’ painted in 1961 for the artist’s career retrospective at the Tate the following year, is one of the highlights of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London on 1 July 2015.

Scrabble “Anagram Lovers” – Voiced by Donal Cox

Donal Cox tells a tale entirely through anagrams in the beautifully shot romantic tale about Scrabble by Spanish creative agency Lola Madrid.

Executive creative director of Lola Madrid Pancho Cassis says: “The idea of using anagrams was a way to salute the intelligence of avid Scrabble players, but by using a love story, the spot became universal,”
See full article in Time Magazine

 

Daphne Sherman – Milli app

Daphne Sherman takes us far far away, imagine if you will, to a magical place called Apple Tree Hill – and a snail called Milli.

Daphne narrates this wonderful interactive storytelling app created for children, and for iOS and Android, and follows a small snail in a big world.
Download now to follow Milli where ever she goes & let the adventure begin right under your nose.

Created by Honig Studios and Mixtvision Digital.

Check out Daphne’s Commercial Showreel here

Jay Foreman News

Jay Foreman-Politics Unboringed

Big up to ma main man Jay Foreman who has totally explained the thing that is called politics and produced 4 well good films that is not boring at all even doh day talking about the politics n’stuff. Massive Respek. If you is like me and don’t know your back bencher from your cabinet re-shuffle right honourable what! Then deese films is for you.

Check it

Colin Mace Video Showreel

Colin Mace – Video Voice-Reel

Colin Mace has voiced multiple captivating documentaries and films, narrating on everything from wildlife adapting to city life
(World’s Wildest Cities, Discovery), the Dakar Rally (Challange the Desert, Nat Geo), to the chilling 9/11: The Lost Tapes (Channel 4).

Backed up by his long acting career in film, TV and West End theater, he is a very versatile voice artist. Colin’s voice is compelling and authoritative, and comes with a lot of gravitas and charm.
We’ve put together a video showreel showcasing some of his Voice-Over work over the past years.

Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial news

Don’t miss Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial – Narrated by Richard Cotton

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Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial is a brand new series, which sees Alex Polizzi take on the difficult challenge of finding the right Head Chefs for restaurants that have a desperate need to fill a vacancy.
Richard Cotton narrates the show as it follows the candidates going through a rigorous interview process. As well as testing their technical cooking skills, all candidates will have a face to face interview and a chance to cook their signature dish that shows off their culinary abilities. But at the end of the week only one can get the job.

Starts on Monday, 20th April at 8pm on BBC Two with The Gilpin Hotel and Lake House features in the first four episodes of the series – running from Monday to Thursday.

Nick Brimble video showreel

Nick Brimble‘s new Video Voice-Over Showreel

Nick has had a life-long acting career in theater, television, film and Voice-Over, and has acted along side some of the biggest names on screen to date in Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves and Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound and more.
His voice is rich, deep with a lot of gravitas. We’ve put together a video showreel showcasing his Voice-Over work over the past year:

Debbie Chazen News

Introducing the hilarious force of nature that is Debbie Chazen!

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Debbie is best known for her roles in the BBC comedies The Smoking Room, Mine All Mine, Tittybangbang, and Psychoville.
She has also starred in Doctor Who, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, feature film Topsy-Turvy, and is currently staring in hit new BBC 4 series Asylum.

Debbie brings zest, vitality and a whole lot more to everything she’s involved in. Welcome to the jungle Debbie!

Debbie’s Commercial Reel
Debbie’s Narrative Reel
Character Showreel 1 – ‘Alien Invasion’
Character Showreel 2 – ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Josh Cass – F1 film news

Are you ready?

Williams is one of the world’s leading Formula 1 teams and joining the 2015 Formula 1 season opening with the Australian Grand Prix on 15.03.15.
The words in this film, narrated by Josh Cass, are taken from US President John F Kennedy’s “We choose to go to the moon” speech, delivered at Rice University in Houston on September 12, 1962.

#WeAreReady.

William Gaminara – 3 Lions news

A footballer, a prince and a prime minister walk into a hotel room…

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William Gaminara‘s hilarious new comedy offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of diplomacy in action, revealing what really went on between David Cameron, David Beckham and Prince William in a Swiss hotel the night before England’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In spite of missed planes, mistaken identities, misunderstandings and sartorial challenges, they are determined to bring the beautiful game home.

The play, also starring our very own Tom Davey as Prince William, is opening at the St James’ Theatre this month. Make sure not to miss!

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Francine Lewis news

February 20th, 2015

Francine Lewis – as seen on Britain’s Got Talent!

Impressionist and comedienne Francine Lewis captivated the British public and celebrity Judges on Britain’s Got Talent with her uncanny impersonations of some of the biggest names in entertainment.
As well as being one of UK’s most exciting impressionists – renowned for her mimics of Sharon Osbourne, Cheryl Cole, Kim Kardashian and even male celebs including Alan ‘Chatty Man’ Carr – she is also an experienced comedy actress. Last year Francine toured her show throughout the UK and is currently gearing up for her new live 2015 UK tour.

On BGT she was described as ‘unique’ and ‘incredible’ by Amanda Holden and David Walliams, Alisha Dixon said she ‘cant wait to see her future shows‘, and hard-to-please Simon Cowell said she was ‘a star’. We’re absolutely thrilled to have her on our team!

Watch Francine’s Showreel
Listen to Francine’s Celeb Impressions Voice-reel
Listen to Francine’s Commercial Voice-reel

Don Black News

Introducing Don Black!

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Don Black is the multi-award winning lyricist whose awards include an Oscar for “Born Free” and five Academy Award nominations working with such legendary composers as John Barry, Jule Styne, Quincy Jones and Elmer Bernstein.
He’s written over a hundred songs for motion pictures including The Italian Job, True Grit, Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, not to mention five James Bond themes including Thunderball and Diamonds are Forever and two US number one hits with Michael Jackson and Lulu.

Don has a smooth, warm and soothing voice which you can now hear every Sunday Night on Radio 2 spinning cast iron classics from Sinatra to Astaire, and we are proud to say we now represent his soft, velvet tones. Welcome aboard Don!

Don’s Commercial Reel

Don’s Documentary Reel
Don’s BBC Radio 2 Show

Our North American V/O Artists!

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Soho voices now has one of the largest selections of
North American Male & Female Voices in the UK.

Recent campaign successes include :
John Christian Bateman as the voice of Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jennifer Armour for Vaseline

and Omri Rose for Lincoln Cars

If you need North American voices, no matter what age or style, then check-out our full rosters:

North American Male
North American Female

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