Andrew is a young British voice artists with a ton of experience in theatre. He counts himself lucky not to have a normal day job and we can see why with a talent like his. Andrew always makes us ‘Lol’ so we wanted to share a bit of him with you.
How did you get into voice acting?
I was involved in a theatre production of ‘A Christmas Carol’. There was merchandise available which included an audio book narration of the play which I narrated. I still have that recording now, I find it so hard to listen to as I really had no idea what I was doing but it allowed me to begin to climb the ladder and slowly but surely start to book voice work.
Do you have a speciality in voice overs?
I have a huge background in character comedy and I have a good ear for accents which helps when recording scripts for projects that require multiple characters.
Do you have any voice acting heroes?
I am a big fan of Matt Berry. I think his vocal quality is very unique and when I first started getting voice over work I looked to him as a sort of guide as to what can be achieved vocally. His Channel 4 comedy series ‘Toast of London’ I think speaks to many actors on so many levels who do voice work regularly. We all know a Clem Fandango…
What’s the coolest part about being a voice actor?
The fact that you get artistically and financially rewarded for something that is entirely you, your voice. Also, if a client is involved in the session you get to transform a simple sheet of paper with a load of words into a finished product that they are proud of.
Where do you like to hang out in London?
These days I’m an East London boy so for long boozy catch ups with friends there are some beautiful river front bars in the Wapping area, the views out over the river are just heavenly. And sometimes, just sometimes a cheeky jaunt into Soho can be just what is needed after a busy week.
What’s a typical day like in your line of work?
I will probably average around three or four auditions for all sorts of things in one week. I will usually be at the Matinee studios doing a recording at least once a week. I go through periods of being insanely busy to periods of scary nothingness, but that is the life of most actors.
Do you prefer to sit or stand while working?
It depends on what sort of script I’m recording. Corporate videos and IVR recordings usually require a calm, natural speech pattern and delivery so I will usually sit. Something more character based I will stand and probably give the character some sort of physicality. I find that helps a lot.
Tell us your #Matinéefunfact?
Life is like a box of chocolates. It doesn’t last long if you’re fat.
What’s the weirdest job you have been asked to do?
That’s easy. ‘Channel 4 Short Shorts’ it centred around two strikingly handsome male models and two ‘very heavy set blokes’ walking around central London with the top half of their bodies dressed in smart business suit jackets and below the waist the most reviling hot pants you have ever seen!
Your favourite city?
That is such a tough question. I am so lucky to have been able to travel all over the world performing in so many amazing cities but if I really had to choose I would probably have to say either Berlin or Tokyo.
What advice would you give aspiring voice talents?
Never stop talking to yourself. To practice accents, make up silly voices, hone those impressions. I have had to endure the odd look or two from passing motorists and I tend to forget I’m doing it, but nothing makes other road users give a cyclist a wide birth than a hearing a loud and demonic laugh in the voice of Kenneth Williams.
Can anyone be a voice artist?
The skills needed to produce good quality voice work for the most part can definitely be taught but I would say natural talent and instinct play a large part in making a successful voice actor. It’s a lot like screen acting in that some actors just instinctively know how to work the camera and make it work for them, but it is also a skill that can be learnt.
What animal would you describe yourself as?
Big ass house cat…
So now you know a little bit more about Andrew and if you happen to see him cycling about London talking to himself make sure to stop him and ask about those hot pants!
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