The Voiceover Social

15. The Agent - The VO Gallery

An episode of The Voiceover Social

By VO Social North
The VO Social is a podcast party for voiceovers. It’s made by the organisers of a real life party in the top room of a pub in Manchester, UK (Leah and Nic) who interview people working at the top of their game in all things audio industry related - voiceover, animation, radio drama, commercial, sound design, all sorts. If VO is your thing, so's our podcast! Follow us on Twitter @theVOsocial or search for "VO Social North" on Facebook
Bonus Episode - Paul Brown
 It’s a bonus episode! Join Nic, Leah, Paul Brown and special guest Natalie Silverman for a quick jaunt back in time to find out if things really were better in the olden days of commercial voiceover. Plus, find out how YOU could be the proud owner of the preposterous number plate A1 MVO!  Also, the oooonly time we could find to record this bonus episode was on the fast (loud) train home from the One Voice Conference. Thank goodness for the amazing Rob Bee! He saved the day with his magical noise hoover. Here’s his website, do use him for all your audio needs: https://beeproductive.co.uk/ By the way, Nat is a naturally husky VO anyway, but this was some extreme husk... She's better now though, fully recovered from whatever it was and back to husking around at a sensible level. 
16:26
May 14, 2019
17. The Radio Commercial VO - Paul Brown
Paul Brown is one of the most well known radio commercial voices in the UK. He’s been at it since the 70s, and now works from his home studio near Macclesfield for a floor-moppingly long list of huge name clients. We popped round his gaff to find out what he knows, and have a nosey at his great big fancy booth. Ooh it is posh though.
29:39
May 1, 2019
16. The In-Store Radio Producer - Toby Huggins
This time around,  we have an avant-garde bash at getting the levels right and then expert In-Store Radio producer Toby Huggins from KVH Media takes us on a trip all over this under-lauded industry. He also reveals the details of a party he's planning in the aisles of a high street store near you, AND we launch our competition! You can win TWO brilliant prizes (info in the podcast), and all you have to do is write a review of our show in iTunes then email us on vosocialnorth@gmail.com to tell us you’ve done it. The voices you hear in Show Offs Corner are: Nic Redman - Co-op Kate Whelan - Asda Sara Davies - Matalan Jessie Brooks - Spar Tony Collins - Dobbies Justine Harris – Asda And if you’d like to feature next month, (of course you do, what a redundant if) email us your stuff! 
27:30
April 1, 2019
15. The Agent - The VO Gallery
In this episode we chat to Judith from Manchester/London voice agency The Voiceover Gallery about how being based up North makes a difference, current casting trends, and what to do if your client's "being a nob". There's an absolutely lovely chap featured in Show Offs Corner, and Nic tells you how to get tickets for the ridiculously brilliant guest coach she's shipped up North for a workshop. SEND US YOUR STUFF for Show Offs Corner via vosocialnorth@gmail.com, and follow us on twitter @vosocialnorth PS: That agency we talk about, that we aren't sure if it's still going or not? We checked, it's not. Closed a couple of years ago actually...
34:24
February 2, 2019
14. The Video Production Company - Bearded Fellows
The North played a blinder at the VOX awards 2018, with a load of nominations and an outstanding TWO wins by Cumbrian lad Jack Oddie, so we called him up to get his perspective on regional accents taking over the commercial mainstream. Also in this episode, Manchester based video production company Bearded Fellows smash through some frankly savage home truths about how they cast voices, and Leah gives Nic a terrible Christmas present.
27:52
December 4, 2018
Bonus Episode - Boz Temple Morris
Boz talks in this bonus episode about casting, music, sound design, authenticity and purpose in Holy Mountain's "Billie Homeless Dies At The End", "Saving The Blue", "Hay El Matar" (back on BBC Radio 4 from November 19th) and "The Good Listener" (which is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 on 12th September 2018) Episode 14 of the podcast will be published in December - send your VO work to vosocialnorth@gmail.com to be considered for Show Offs Corner!
09:13
October 1, 2018
13. The Radio Drama Producer - Boz Temple Morris
Here, have an interview with the man from Holy Mountain; Leah's favourite creator and award winning, industry disrupting megatron, Boz Temple Morris. The most Northern of our VO Social attendees features in Show Offs' Corner, and there's a clip of one of the Guardian's "Best Shows To See" at the Edinburgh Festival at the very end... for reasons that will become apparent. Send us your contributions for Show Offs' Corner to vosocialnorth@gmail.com, and sign up for a session at Nic's Northern Voice Collective launch here: https://bit.ly/2MumUR4
25:14
August 22, 2018
12. The Animation Casting Director - Dave Peacock
This VO Social meets… episode features major UK animation casting and voice director Dave Peacock (who says some frankly astonishing things), a bag of shiny voxes from the One Voice Conference 2018 AND we introduce our new segment, Show Offs Corner. Send VO related MP3s of stuff you’re proud of to vosocialnorth@gmail.com, also email us to get your name added to our newsletter! AND you can follow Nic @NicRedmanvoice, and Leah @Leah_etc if you fancy it.
25:50
June 21, 2018
11. The Sound Designer - Eloise Whitmore
In this episode, we meet extraordinary Manchester based sound designer Eloise Whitmore, find out what a half decent radio drama actor sounds like, learn what the future holds for our ears, and Leah says two things she probably shouldn't. ALSO, we announce some HUGE NEWS for the social on the 10th March! We don't say HUGE NEWS lightly you know, we've checked with thesaurus.com and that is actually right.
20:02
February 1, 2018
10. The Audiobook Narrator - David Thorpe
In this aggressively festive episode, Leah and Nic explain exactly what's expected of the next social's attendees, and award winning audiobook reader Dave Thorpe tells Plog what's what when it comes to reading those audiobooks. Email vosocialnorth@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list, and follow us on Twitter @VOSocialNorth. Ho ho ho!
15:54
December 1, 2017
9. The Voice Actor - Melissa Sinden Gray
In this Plog Meets... episode we journey out to a little stone cottage in the countryside to chat to our Melissa... She's been a pro voiceover and a radio drama regular for ages and has some extremely interesting things to say about all of that. Sign up(if you haven't already) for more interviews with fascinating audio experts - email vosocialnorth@gmail.com and we'll pop you on the mailing list.
13:40
September 1, 2017
8. You've worked for WHO?!!
The 8th edition of the ever popular VO Social North PLOG. This month we brag unabashedly about the excellently talented people who come to hang out with us at our voiceover social meet up in Manchester.
07:54
June 1, 2017
7. We take April Fools' Day very seriously
To celebrate April Fool's Day, we've compiled ludicrous voiceover stories from the professionals that attend our socials. Also featuring a coordinated attack by the swarming street sweepers of Salford.
15:29
March 1, 2017
6. The toppermost of the tippermost
The talented and well established voiceover industry folk who come to our dos share the most useful secret tip they're prepared to give away.
10:04
January 1, 2017
5. Happy Oneth Birthday to us!
Find out all about the astonishing shenanigans Nic got up to when she turned one, feel the birthday love in stereo and open your special birthday present from us. All in under two minutes.
01:56
October 1, 2016
4. Do you feel fonder?
We take a stroll through the grimiest bit of Manchester's Northern Quarter and talk about how nice it's going to be when we all see each other at Mr Thomas' Chop House.
03:46
July 1, 2016
3. We love the North a LOT.
...also pingpong.
04:26
April 1, 2016
2. The Blue Peter Garden
The first ever social went so well we're going to do it again! So we go for a walk in the wind to discuss why and how, also when, although not where.
03:10
January 1, 2016
1. What is all this?
Nic is a voiceover, voice actor and vocal coach, Leah is a voiceover, voice actor and radio news reader. We met on the internet over a wayward apostrophe, accidentally both moved to Salford and then set up a thriving social for voiceovers across the North of England. This is the first episode of the podcast we make to promote it. Nice to meet you!
06:05
October 1, 2015
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