Back in 2013, Nic was busy piling up her masters degrees in between late night comedy slots and Leah was slogging away as a VO and local radio newsreader. THEN… Nic misplaced an apostrophe on her website, and so began an inevitable series of events that led to the creation of the most spangly podcast for voiceovers in the UK.
It went like this – Leah emailed Nic - a complete stranger - to tell her about her dramatic punctuation error. Nic was preposterously nice about it; inviting her to come along to a VO event in London, and by 2015 they’d both moved back to Salford and were running a regular social for voiceovers in the North of England.
The podcast itself started out as a regular five minute rant on Soundcloud about why people should come and meet us in the pub, but soon spiralled out of control and became the epic monthly extravaganza it is today.
My Northern Irish craic’s landed me a voiceover client list as long as yer arm including Tesco, the BBC and other impressive names, but I’m also quite the pro on the other side of the mic - I’ve taught voice, voiceover & accents at some of the top drama schools in the UK including RADA, LIPA and Arts Ed, and supported productions by CBBC, Hat Trick Productions and Radio 4 Comedy, as well as at theatres all over the UK. My opinions and advice have been included in The Guardian, Spotlight and The Irish Post, and on numerous podcasts and radio stations.
As if that didn’t keep me busy enough, I also provide tailored voice advice and accent training through my 1-2-1 voice coaching practice, and I run the Voice and Accent Hub on Facebook for voiceovers, actors and narrators, and make The Voice Coach podcast, providing free, high quality voice coaching you can listen to whenever you like!
After years bopping around winning slam poetry competitions and presenting children’s radio programmes, I realised that voice was all I cared about and directed my intense, relentless personality at that. After a few false starts, including a Welsh accent that we don’t talk about, I eventually reached the point where, as a jobbing voiceover for big fancy names including Guylian, Longleat Safari Park and Hargreaves Lansdown, I was also performing in BBC Radio 4 drama and reading the news on BBC Radio Manchester.
Lately I’ve discovered a knack for producing with audio company Sparklab, directing and production management with the award winning but inaccurately titled audio drama company Naked Productions, and writing - watch this space for news of my one-woman show!