My mum goes on this web site fairly often so I thought I would take a look. My younger brother has written about his last film so I thought I would sing the praises of an often forget section of the industry, voice work. Although I have done plenty of visual work, my favourite is definantly voice work.
To date I have been lucky enough to voice a Disney film two other TV cartoon series and also radio and audio book work.
To me the informality of voice work is very appealing. Some people may think voice work is easy but getting over a feeling or emotion when you have no visual aids can be really testing.
Recently I finished my 4th audio book, which involved 2 days in a studio working from 10 to 6 each day, and because it was just my voice there was no time to rest. I thoroughly enjoyed it but I think my favourite is still the first one I did, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, by Mark Haddon. I played Christopher, who is a boy with Aspersers syndrome so he doesn't react to situations in a normal way.The director was great to work with and had a clear idea of what he wanted. Voice directors all have an amazing ability to hear even the slightest stammer and like film you can read sections several times until they are satisfied.
The other favourite book of mine was a children book by Debbi Gliori called Pure Dead Magic, and that was also fun because it was a full cast of voices, who all had to do some very silly things so we all giggled loads all the way through.
Radio work is very similar. Doing plays is with a cast and if you are lucky you get to do some of your own sound effects. Once I had to climb on a ticking bomb and then get blown up which was fairly awesome.
To do well in audio work you sometimes have to loose your sense of self and do some really funny things, I once had to record with tissues stuffed up my nose, but for me the nice thing is you remain anonymous, so that your friends can’t tease you about your work. You are not instantly recognisable and not likely to be hassled by people wanting to know how much you earn and silly things like that.
If you are lucky like I was you, you can also get to go to award ceremonies just like film and TV work, with the whole black tie thing at a Top London Hotel, as there are awards for radio work and talking books,.
Doing cartoons is also great fun especially when you get to see your characters. Often the animators try to capture a bit of your character in the animation so you see your own mannerisms coming thorough in things like a dog or a ghost. I was able to go to the Disney studios and actually see how they do the job and that was an experience I will always remember.
I would highly recommend audio work to anybody. I just hope when my voice breaks I can keep going as it is a job I really love.
BT age 14.