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  • Writer's pictureMarilena Gant

My Intro to Voice Over...

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

My first introduction to voiceover came at age 9 when my younger brother was cast in a small role for a children’s animated series. I often tagged along to my brother’s castings and jobs as it meant leaving school half an hour early to get to London ( and at age 9 this was equivalent to winning the lottery!) Unlike my brother, I was painfully shy and had virtually no interest in performing at the time. I could often be found with my head buried deep in the latest Princess Diaries novel instead. I remember sitting in the waiting room of this particular studio and suddenly disaster struck - my Nintendo DS died! I decided I’d go and see what was going on in the studio, when I overheard two adults in the hallway arguing over who had cancelled the girls audition. This had left them without a voice for a small character called Emily the Elf. As the only child except my brother in the building, I soon found myself being asked if I wanted to give it a go and audition. Much to my mum’s surprise, I decided I quite fancied the idea of being in a recording studio and with nothing better to do, I agreed.

‘That’s the way to do it!’ I said whilst looking at a stuffed rabbit that had been placed behind the mic. And the rest, as they say, is history! My love of performing and singing continued to grow and I began my career as a professional singer at the ripe old age of at 14. I took a brief break from the industry whilst I completed my English Literature degree (I'm a big fan of a gothic victorian novel!). After I graduated, I combined my passion for performing and using my voice with my passion for stories and words and became a full time Voiceover Artist and Actress. I'd love to hear how you got started in your career, let me know in the comments!


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