Voice Over

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I’m a professional voiceover artist working from my own studio in Sheffield.

I have an assured, no-nonsense, trustworthy natural voice; mature, believable, sincere and gentle. It’s naturally lightly northern accented. I’m a versatile character actor with a range of accents, able to deliver intensely dramatic readings as well as excellent comic timing. I have experience recording and producing audiobook narration and performing in radio sketch comedy and drama. My voice ranges from late 20’s into 50’s and I can provide character voices across all ages.

My latest voice project is narration for  ‘The Cornish Retribution‘ – an audiobook by Amanda James.

“Melanie is an excellent voice over artist. She can adapt her voice to different age and accent groups. She delivers professional narrative voices, but she is also a voice actor. Her performance has such an emotion and warmth you can’t avoid being totally blown away. Highly recommend her!”

Reviewed by BrunaMartini

Listen to examples of my work:

Narration

Sample from recently published audiobook:

The Cornish Retribution by Amanda James

Further samples can be found on Audible.co.uk

Corporate

Corporate voice demo reel (2mins)

Commercial

Commercial voice demo reel (2mins)

Further examples of Narration

Demo of a reading from Emily Bronte’s classic novel:  ‘Jane Eyre’

Demo of a reading from Philip Hensher’s ‘The Northern Clemency’

Demo of a reading from Esther Freud’s ‘Hideous Kinky’ (British RP)

Demo of a reading from Anne Tyler’s ‘The Tin Can Tree’ (General American accent)

Demo of a reading from A S Byatt’s ‘The Virgin in The Garden’

Character

Listen to some of the characters voiced by Melanie for Audiobooks and Radio (3mins 40secs): 

Hire me for your voiceover project!

Listen to my natural voice to see if its right for your project:

Recording audio for my clients is very straightforward; I record the audio and send you (my client) the mp3 or wav file(s) via email or ftp. If you’d like to direct the performance, live you can do so via skype by prior arrangement once the job is booked.

All I need from you is the script you want me to record, some notes on the kind of reading you want – think of it like directing an actor (that is really what you’re doing!) So for example – do you want it upbeat and full of energy or maybe it needs to have weight to it to convey the seriousness of the subject. Of course, we can chat about what you need if that’s helpful.

If any words in the script have unusual pronunciations or acronyms or are technical words not in every day use, I’d be grateful if you could give me a pronunciation breakdown before I record it. If there’s anything I’m not sure about, I’ll ask you before or give you alternatives during the session so we get it right.

Lead time will usually be a  minimum of one full business day turnaround, just in case there are any technical issues.  When you confirm the booking I’ll let you know when you can expect delivery of the files.

If I’m unavailable to record your job you’ll either see a note here or my automatic reply on email will let you know if I’m not in the office as well as my answerphone message should you call to book.

The price of each voiceover recording will depend on various factors:

  • How long it takes to record / how many words in the script
  • If there are different character voices or accents required
  • If the recording requires syncing to video
  • If script amendments are made after the initial recording
  • Where the audio will be broadcast
  • For how long the recording will be broadcast
  • Any additional platforms where the audio will be used

The most important of those factors is the usage of the audio – where it’ll be broadcast.

Voiceover artists grant licenses to clients enabling them to use the audio on platforms (such as radio, tv, internet etc) that have been agreed and for specific territories (such as the UK or worldwide etc).

There’s obviously a price difference in a license for a job that’ll be heard on an individual company’s answer phone…and something that’ll be broadcast on television for 3 years in a number of countries around the world.

You can request a rate card from me for different types of audio recording to help work out how much your job might cost but the easiest way is to give me all the specifics of what you’ll need  and let me provide a tailored quote for you.

I’ll always try and work within your budget if I can. So, if you need my voice –

Get in touch!

Not sure if my voice is the right one for your project?

Let me provide a free sample of your script

As long as the job is a minimum of 100 words – just give me an overview of your project and include your script. I will deliver an audio file of a part of your script, together with a quote so that you can decide if I am the right voice for your project.

To make sure the quote is accurate, please give me as much information as possible, including:

  • Final script word count
  • Your deadline
  • Information about what the voiceover is for (e.g. is it for a presentation, a telephone system, an advert etc?)
  • In which countries and on which platforms the voiceover will be broadcast
  • Any additional info you think would be helpful

You can listen to and purchase Melanie’s 5-star reviewed audiobook work on Audible

Recent comments from Audiobook listeners:

‘Melanie’s narration was excellent, this is the first time I have listened to her narration and certainly won’t be the last time. Melanie is able to adapt her language, expressions and accents to suit all of the characters in the book perfectly…Superb.’  Ellie S. Audible review of Missing Gretyl.