Helen is a fabulous English voice artist who has been helping out with a variety of projects at Matinée for over five years now. Not only is she a great voice talent but she’s a west end star and has been involved in productions like The Mousetrap, Home Front on Radio 4 and some slightly more obscure jobs like an open air production in a lido!
We had loads of questions for Helen but we have hand picked the best ones for you. Enjoy!
1. What attracted you to voice acting?
I love that feeling of being behind the mic and only being able to rely on your voice to convey everything in the script. It’s a really intimate medium that creates a world in the listener’s mind. Oh, and my Dad’s a voiceover artist so I guess it runs in the family!
2. Nice family business 🙂 How long did it take for you to be comfortable in your career?
Great question! I think there’s a huge amount of self doubt involved in being part of the creative industry, even more so as a voice actor as it’s often only you behind the mic and you have to think on your feet and be confident in your ability. I’d say in the last couple of years I’ve really found my voice and the confidence to be able to apply that to pretty much anything. And people seem to keep hiring me, which always helps!
3. How do you relax after a hard day?
I spend a lot of time with friends. I’m recording most days, often in my home studio and can get a touch of cabin fever! So it’s lovely to catch up with friends, go to the theatre, even a bit of bouldering if I’ve got some steam to burn off!
4. What is the coolest role you’ve played so far?
I’ve performed in an open air swimming pool so I guess that would literally be the coolest!
5. Haha! Tell us a #MatinéeFunFact?
Before Google launched gmail, ‘gmail’ was the name of the free email service offered by Garfield’s website.
6. What was the last book you read?
I’m currently reading the only autobiographical account of a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay. It’s sad, funny, haunting, unjust and a reminder that we’re all inherently human wherever we are.
7. Do you have a favourite category of work?
I love drama, I recently recorded a couple of eps of Home Front for Radio 4, which was great fun! I love getting my hands on any script though and bringing it to life. Maybe I just like the sound of my own voice…!
8. How did you come to be a west end star?
I’m not sure I quite live up to that title but as with most things in this industry it had a lot to do with being in the right place at the right time with a little bit of luck thrown in! I understudied on the show for a year and then had the opportunity to audition for main cast and was lucky enough to get the role. I’m very lucky to make a living doing something I love, long may it continue!
Helen also participates in teaching The Matinée Voice Over Workshop.