I am published! Contribution to a book about success in Voiceover

At the end of 2020, Elroy Spoonface Powell - superhuman, Voiceover, actor and so much more - asked me if I would like to contribute to a book he was writing on the stories behind successful Voiceover careers.

I was delighted to be asked and responded with my story and lessons learned in a decade of building my Voiceover career..
My story sits alongside those of other professional Voiceover artists and it's a fascinating book. We all have our own stories, challenges and our own very unique voices and sounds. The book is available on amazon Check it out here

Here's what I had to say.. but don't stop here.. go ahead and get hold of the book and read the other stories too!

Clare Reeves

When I moved into being a full time voice-over artist about 11 years ago, it took me a good while (possibly 2 years or so) to feel confident that I actually WAS a voice-over artist! My career up to this point had been in radio as a presenter and sound engineer, in addition to working in TV directing channels for the BBC. I had in fact been voicing things for years way before I became a VO but for some reason, I didn't feel legit. This was my most challenging experience in the VO industry. I felt that I needed to keep a fairly low profile while I learned more, built a client base up and felt at ease in my sound. I wanted to be "good enough" before daring to attend any VO events. As little as 10 years ago, the industry felt like a very different place. It was more closed and the opportunities for training and learning were fewer and harder to find. It felt like trying to solve a puzzle. On my own, I solved it by speaking to a couple of VOs that I had known for a while. I also worked VERY HARD behind the scenes to find work using my existing media contacts, identified my strengths and weaknesses and carved out a place for myself in the industry to a point of feeling credible enough to own the title ‘Voice-Over Artist’. I feel very strongly that anyone coming into the business should respect the work that goes into being successful as a VO. If they are going to own the title, they need to match the professionalism of their peers.

I have been fortunate enough to have worked on a range of exciting and fun projects as a voice-over artist from TV commercials to documentary narration, ADR and more. If I had to choose one favourite, it would probably be the night that I was the live Voice of God (announcer) at the AIM Independent Music Awards. This was a very cool music industry event and being part of that felt so exciting. I live announced the on stage hosts, (Radio 1 DJs I ate lasagne with backstage before the show!) guests, the nominated acts and winners as well as the performers for the night. Over that evening, I announced the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Stormzy, Public Service Broadcasting and Nick Cave! As someone with a background in live broadcasting and a love of music, this felt like the perfect project for me. I was able to draw on my strengths and years of experience to do a good job and pull the event together with my voice. Hugely satisfying and great fun.

What if I knew then what I know now?
The route I took actually worked for me. I would still quietly build up my work, confidence and skills behind the scenes. I think that I would possibly start thinking sooner about what my voice worked well for project-wise and where my strengths and skillsets were in order to fully embrace them sooner. I don't think I expected to work as much as I do within the corporate sector but it turns out that my sound and delivery work well for large tech and pharmaceutical companies!
I might have started attending voice-over events sooner as well. I made some great friends that way.

Bio:

Clare was born in Torquay, Devon. After training in theatre and media, Clare worked for the BBC for a number of years as a Radio Presenter, sound engineer, TV Channel Director and running internal BBC training.
Clare founded her voice-over business in 2010. Her background in broadcasting - from both sides of the microphone - gives her a real edge in the voice-over world where she brings her unique knowledge of the world of broadcasting into everything she does.
Living on the Kent coast, Clare is a keen sea swimmer and a player of alto and baritone saxophones, bringing fresh air and musicality into her work and making waves with words.
Clare's voice-over clients include Colgate, Bosch, Facebook, Hyundai, Booking.com, National Geographic and Clearblue.

Links:
www.clarereevesvoiceovers.com
Twitter @clareonairlive
Instagram @clarereevesvoiceovers

Testimonials

  • Clare understands and interprets each script very well. That makes her delivery very natural and appropriate for every target audience.
    I’d recommend Clare highly. Her voice is clear, warm, and she’s able to convey different emotions easily.
  • Her voice is clear with an intriguing, friendly edge. She takes direction well and, because of her background on the other side of the glass, she is able understand what the director or client wants. 
    Clare is a true professional, delivering a high quality service in an engaging way. Her voiceover technique is stunning - clear, bright and inspiring to listeners.
  • You’ve got a lovely read there Clare, just mixed it all – sounds fantastic. Thanks again for such top, top work!
    We're all done with the project – so thank you very much for your help. Have a lovely week and we'll definitely be in touch for other voiceover work!    

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