Leah (voice actor and radio person) and Nic (voiceover and voice coach) 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 this podcast! There’s a new episode out on the first of every month. Follow us on Twitter @theVOsocial or search for "VO Social North" on Facebook
Our Leah was nominated for two VOX awards this year, but did she win them? Does it even matter? What’s the difference between awards in the UK and the US? And what if you have to pay to enter? Does that make it worth less?
We bring you all the answers - or at least some vaguely researched pontificating - in our special bonus episode direct from VOX 2019. Featuring insider info from multi-award winners Rick Loynes, Darren Altman & Jack Oddie, and the super-talent that is Natalie Silverman.
We’ve cornered studio engineers Tom Rowbotham, Kirsty Gillmore, Rob Bee and Rich O Donoghue and asked them what on earth they're twiddling with. Featuring:
A fancy new(ish) way to get rid of mouth clicks
Ten things you really need to know about studio etiquette
Some truly heartwrenching answers to the question "What's been your most catastrophic session?
A competition to win brand new Focusrite studio equipment worth hundreds of pounds!
Get 10% off at https://store.focusrite.com for the whole of October 2019 by entering our special code “VOSOCIAL10” at checkout
And here's a link to a video of Nic's advice on noisy breathing from this episode's Panic Room: https://twitter.com/theVOsocial/status/1178915011852414976
Send your voice related query into the Panic Room by clicking on “send us a voice message” link below or email an MP3 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies and Gentlemen, this episode is about to begin!
VOG specialists Katie Flamman and Lorraine Ansell tell us everything they know about getting the sound exactly right, Nic tackles a mysterious squeak in the Panic Room, and Equity's Audio Committee makes a big announcement!
Got a voice question? Send it to the Panic Room using the “send in a voice message” link below, or email an mp3 to email@example.com. We’ll keep you anonymous!
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We’ve dragged ourselves out of a sluggish 38 celsius funk to bring you the sparklingly musical (and non-musical too) impressionist Jess Robinson.
In this episode, Jess reveals who has the trickiest of all the voices to get right as well as which ones do her the most damage, and in the Panic Room - ARG I'VE FORGOTTEN HOW TO BREATHE
Got a panic? Send it to us! We'll keep you anonymous, we promise. Click the “send voice message” link, or email an MP3 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS: Kim Chandler’s Fun and Funky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3rfxKIEXYc
Did you know there are VO Socials across the UK? Join us on a whistlestop tour round three of them – Bristol, Scotland and Hull - for advice on tricky clients, VO horror stories, and a surprising amount of nudity…
Get involved in real life:
NEWCASTLE 5th August at the Town Wall opposite Central Station from 7:30pm
BRISTOL 21st August at Bambalan from 7pm (Happy 1st birthday Bristol!)
SCOTLAND 1st September, most likely in Glasgow
HULL 7th Sept at the Humber Dock Bar, 2-5pm
MANCHESTER 28th September, the Ape and Apple, 2-7pm
BATH 16th October, details tbc
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EXPLICIT CONTENT! Be warned. This interview with radio commercial producer Adders from LBS has absolutely zero bleeps in it. That’s despite it containing an extraordinary, previously unbroadcast recording of one of voiceover’s most famous mavericks raunching up a car dealership, and TWO whole OTHER swear words as WELL.
If you feel you can manage all that, you'll also hear:
Why SEO is worth troubling yourself over
What the heck is a “non-voice” voice (and why you should care)
How to keep your reel out of the studio bin.
Join us in the inaugural Panic Room to find out how to abolish mouth noise, and if you’d like resident voice coach Nic Redman to sort out your voice problems, send them using the link below or email an MP3 to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll keep you anonymous!
It’s the One Voice Conference 2019 in podcast form! Featuring keynote speaker Hugh Bonneville, voiceovers from all over the world, and the Northern winners from the One Voice Awards. Don’t forget to leave a review, and send your questions to our brand new Panic Room by clicking on the "Send Voice Message" link below (or by emailing email@example.com if you can't see it)
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 email@example.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...
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for Show Offs Corner!
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 email@example.com, and sign up for a session at Nic's Northern Voice Collective launch here: https://bit.ly/2MumUR4
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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 email@example.com to be added to the mailing list, and follow us on Twitter @VOSocialNorth. Ho ho ho!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll pop you on the mailing list.
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.
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.
Nic is a voiceover and vocal coach, Leah is a voiceover and radio person. 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!