I'm feeling a little nostalgic. Why? Well I've only gone and stuck it out as a voiceover these last ten years, haven't I?
Through booms and busts, moving country, moving agents, bowing out of acting to focus on writing and studio time, and even once getting a number done on me by a couple of companies (that will remain nameless), I've held on in there.
Playing Amelie in 'The Extraordinary Adventures of Jules Verne' for Lux Vide
In those ten years I've ticked off my bucket list by becoming a kickass cartoon heroine (see above), read audiobooks for worldwide bestselling author Cecelia Ahern, one of which won the Books Are My Bag Popular Fiction Award at the Bord Gais Energy Awards in 2015, worked on award-winning animation by Giant, and got a whole load of crisp lovers a little weak at the knees.
It's been fun. I met and worked with Rugrats star Phil Proctor in RTE when I was fresh out of drama school, did a lot of shouting in Moynihan Russell's gardens for Mastercard and Easons, and then learned to be quiet for Ford.
Then there was that time I managed to simultaneously offend and arouse an entire nation with this very racy TV spot for Hunky Dorys (masterminded with McCannBlue) that went viral across the world, and was seen by 2.4 million people.
It's been a memorable journey so far, and I've loved (almost) every minute of it. Whether inside the studio or out, recording radio drama, narration, animation or advertising, I've loved learning and growing and expanding my skill set one job at a time, and I'm celebrating all the years of learning and growing with a brand spanking new demo.
So, if you've ever booked me, or listened to my demos, or heard my voice on the radio or the telly, or watched me in an animation or film and never even knew who it was, I just want to tell you it was me, and thank you.
It's a weird, niche profession this voiceover lark, so particular, so amorphously skilled, and so invisible, but someone's got to do it.
Here's to another 10!
I've was very happy to be asked to narrate two of worldwide bestselling author Cecelia Ahern's recent publications. The first one here is 'The Girl in the Mirror', two short stories about two very different characters, each with an element of mystery and magic. The first story moved from a child's voice to a grandmother's and then took a quite strange turn. The second story (not represented here) focuses on an old man with a curious invention that can create human memory.
Here's another clip of me narrating Cecelia. This is the opening of 'The Year I Met You', which won The Books Are My Bag Popular Fiction of the Year Award at the Bord Gais Energy Awards 2015. This is a story about a woman who loses her job, and a little bit of her mind, and finds an unusual friendship with someone who is going through a similar struggle.
I wonder if you might ever have seen a little ad I voiced that went viral around the world?
Well, here it is. And yes, they are that good.
I recently realised that I've stuck it out as a voiceover ten years this summer. My first gig fresh out of drama school in 2006 was a "vox pop" job for Easons that we recorded in the garden of the old Moynihan Russell studios, back when it was still on Herbert Street, and back when the Mutiny lads (Mark and Paul) were engineers-in-residence. Since then, MoyRuss have moved, Mark and Paul have set up their own sound shops and I've gotten out of that garden and into the studio proper and fancy. I'm working on a fresh, up-to-date, 10 year anniversary demo, and a bit of a retrospective newsletter/post that I'm going to spread all over social media like butter to celebrate the years of voicing adventures (so far). I know, I cannae wait either.
In the meantime, here is one of those fancy ads I recorded in the last few months for your viewing and listening pleasure. If you like it, leave a comment below and find out about all the other voice work I do here.
Cow & Gate 'Your Love, Our Experience', by Boys and Girls advertising agency. Recorded in Raygun Studio, Dublin, and voiced by me.
RM Clarke is a writer and voice-over artist. She has written for various literary mags and anthologies and won awards. She has put her voice to most things she can think of.