Marmite, Mistakes and Mayhem

Post-performance review of performing in White Horse Opera’s production of The Magic Flute Background Performing Magic Flute seems to be a recipe for onstage antics and unpredictability.  The plot is all over the place and has more akin with pantomime than highbrow opera, whilst the characters range from a pious prince and bumbling birdman to … Read More

Movie Musicals – An Evening of Stars

Post-performance review of performing in DMT’s Movie Musicals Concert.  Photos by Emily Holmes. The Preparation After the positive buzz created from DMT’s production of Jekyll and Hyde, it was a pleasure to return for more. The concert’s format was the brainchild of Lucy Upward, who like many others hadn’t performed solos for the group before. … Read More

Reviewing Sondheim’s Company

I’ll Drink to That! Cover image from the Gielgud Theatre’s 2018 production of Sondheim’s Company We knew this was in the pipeline as it was being advertised as far back as December 2017, and my wife and I being big fans both of Stephen Sondheim’s music and of Patti Lupone’s performances, I made sure we … Read More

Reducing Waste as an SA (pt.2)

Reuse Today I was a Support Artist (a.k.a. an Extra) again.  In my attempts to reduce waste in an industry that generally places convenience first, I have been bringing my own supplies to the film set.  Armed with cutlery, re-usable coffee cup and Tupperware containers I had previously come away with a few extra plastic … Read More

Reducing Waste as an SA (pt.1)

I’ve been an SA (Supporting Artist, a.k.a. an Extra) now on and off for over a year. The days are long but the experiences are always unique and generally rewarding. There are also perks for giving up your time, such as watching actors and directors hone their craft, a chance to read in the green … Read More

Learning from others at Showreel

Last weekend I went to London to try and further my voiceover career.  So far I have been learning by auditioning for jobs as well as reading resources online. Voices.com provides opportunities but you are competing against many other artists and do not get feedback if they go for someone else.  Fiverr is an online … Read More

The Wisdom of Nancy Wolfson

Nancy Wolfson.  Image from IMDB I recently found a YouTube clip of Nancy Wolfson coaching voiceover and thought it was really insightful, so I was delighted to find there were more clips available courtesy of her YouTube channel and one or two participants of her workshops. They’ve been inspiring me in terms of my thinking … Read More

Reviewing Hamilton (West End)

Rise Up! Every so often, there comes a musical whose popularity, originality and style sets it apart and it defines a decade as well as transcending its own time. Think the grand epics of Les Mis and Phantom in the 1980s, the gritty, bohemian hit Rent in the 1990s, or the green and yellow dazzle … Read More

Engage and Sound Credible

Useful tips from Voices.com So what type of voice is needed to earn money from voice over?  I decided to look at a source that should know; Voices.com links many, many clients with voice talent through their online platform.  As part of this service, they have provided online resources that can prove useful to beginners … Read More

Back to Basics

So, after a year of creating vocals online for songs, characters and presentations, I thought it was time to take a look at the many ways I could do things better.  I had recently paid up to a 1 year premium package with Voices.com, a site that acts as an online job market for clients … Read More