Nature docs are, as Austin Powers would say, my bag, baby.
So, natur(e)ally I was delighted when Shark Man himself, Dr. Craig O'Connell, asked me to narrate this fascinating film about the lesser known Thresher Shark. A worried-looking fish who is about as cute as the 'frightening' shark can get.
Not only did I love narrating this film - I also learned a lot while doing so. Which is one of those sweet byproducts of work as a voice-over actor.
Have a watch and a listen now on Prime Video and see what you can learn.
We're Going on an Adventure.
Well, I suppose writing, producing, and narrating a children's book was the natural progression for me once I had my first child... as the Tik Tokers say, it's something that just makes sense.
Please find my first foray into children's writing here, Squirt the Squirrel and the Too-Many Acorns: a narrative arc which, as you might glean from the title and cover, is about a squirrel who hordes a few too many nuts for the winter. An arboreal theme heavily inspired by a honeymoon trip to CABÜ in January '22 (a very nice place to stay, might I add).
As this first book is a bit of a test run, I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'm still working out some of the finer details - like illustration for one. (On that note - any illustrators who might want to work with me on the next one, come or be sent my way. Just looking for the second coming of Quentin Blake, nothing much).
Please enjoy reading and/or listening to the adventures of Squirt.
And, as always, me, my pen, my voice and/or my home studio are always available for an exciting new adventure, too. So you know, call me.
Until next time, toodles!
What's the Irish for rabbit?
It's a fresh new year, both in the Gregorian and Chinese lunar sense, Mercury and Mars are no longer going backwards in space, and the stodgy haze of the festive period is mere memory.
Well, I thought (sighing heavily), it's time for another newsletter.
Years are weighty things, however; I often think of them like gigantic, etheric wheels. And when a huge wheel comes to a stop, starting it again takes a little bit of effort and time. In much the same way this 2023 has needed a fairly deliberate cranking to get going, or maybe that's just myself.
But there are shoots of newness all the same - I've dusted off my second language/teanga recently for Electric Ireland and Droga 5 - and am now one of the Gaeilgeoirí in chief for their advertisements across television and radio. Keep an ear out for them and we can inevitably argue over the pronunciation of 'fear' together. And, as usual, I've been burrowing away in my home studio for clients far and near (that's the first and last of the rabbit-related puns, I promise).
It may be the Year of the Rabbit, but for me it has very much begun as Bliain an Choinín.
Until next time, slán libh!
I'm especially good at expectorating.
Becoming a parent gives one certain licenses - frequent bad hair days, the decidedly squishier 'mom' bod, the inability to turn up anywhere on time. In my case, it has also allowed me to test out how many of the lyrics I remember of the Disney classics - all under the guise of educating my months old baby, who within a few minutes of the sparkling castle appearing in the sky should infinitely prefer a cardboard box.
But that doesn't stop me watching Beauty and the Beast for the seventeenth time, and being pleasantly surprised that singing along to Be Our Guest doesn't merge murkily with See My Vest, or the more niche, but markedly more helpful, We Are Stressed, which is probably more apt for me nowadays.
One particular BATB number which revolves around the alpha goon, Gaston, has managed to stay deeply embedded in the recesses of my musical memory, a brilliantly inventive takedown of toxic masculinity before it was #trending, and which I have affixed to this post via a link at the bottom (just in case you don't quite remember it).
Perhaps the tongue-twisting, vocab-expanding nature of the classic Disney tunes that I listened to so often as a child was a contributing factor to my career choice today, and my ability to vocally perform with language so technical I don't understand it - like my work teaching students about mathematics for GCSEPod for example (an incredibly ironic appointment if you know me), or the series of tech heavy videos I recently recorded for IBM Think 2022 (a video you will find below).
The honest truth is that because voice-over by its nature covers such a vast range of subjects, some of which are so far flung and particular that you simply can't become an expert on them with the half a day's notice before recording starts, faking it 'til you make it is a very necessary part of the job description, even if it is written in invisible ink. But I have always been especially good at expectorating, even and especially when I had no idea what it meant, and I believe I may have Disney to thank for that.
If you're still confused about how Disney and IBM can be linked within 500 words, or the verb 'expectorate', you can always, call me, and we'll chat about it.
Until next time, toodles!
I'm giving you everything.
You saw it...right? You saw the video?
What video, you say...?
The video. THE video - come on. You know what I'm talking about.
Well if you really don't - you'll see it when you get to the bottom of this post. I've placed it conveniently there so you'll have to read the whole thing to get to it. (Or just scroll there right now if you must).
You scrolled. It's ok, I get it. I would have scrolled too.
I don't know what it is about nostalgic throwbacks to my teenage boy 'n' girl band loving era these days but here I am again with another another 90s-ish themed post.... this time courtesy of The Spice Girls. Which you know, because you scrolled.
There's something about looking backwards to go forward, or going forward and then coming back, then circling around before ending up just where you started... what I'm trying to say, basically, is that video gave me all those gooey teenage feelings of endless possibility - the sort of magic nostalgia that only comes with re-listening to the classic hits of your childhood, or re-watching comfort movies at Christmas.
Which brings me neatly to the most wonderful time of the year, and all it brings - the twinkling lights, the cosy family get togethers, the latest John Lewis ad...
Speaking of ads, and nostalgia, this year like Damn Daniel I'm back at it again on the airwaves for Costa coffee, encouraging listeners to avoid Christmas shopping and treat themselves instead. Pretty sound advice I feel.
This one, for a change, was recorded in my home studio. Something old, something new.
This year also marks the fourth year of my debut novel The Glass Door being out in the world. How time flies when you're anxiously re-checking your Amazon and Goodreads reviews.
Thanks for reading all the way to the end and for sharing another special moment with me over a Costa coffee. And if this email leaves you wanting for more, you can always, call me.
Until next time, toodles!
Backstreet's Back (and so am I!)
It's been a while since I got on here, but I have good reason.
A new arrival joined my family earlier this year in April!
So I have been on the go slow, and enjoying the cocoon that is the early months of motherhood.
But, as Backstreet once sang, oh my God - I'm back again.
Yes, along with voluminous shell pants and cold weather crop tops, I have returned to the world - perhaps with a similar level of reticence towards it as I would have towards the shell pant/crop top combo on a chilly October morning.
Luckily, I rarely have to venture out from my cabin in such attire thanks to a nifty home studio that has fared me well for local and international spots over the past couple of years. During my down time I made a few improvements to the sound and switched over to Ableton Live Lite, and I am very pleased with the results. I hope you are too.
At the moment, you may have heard me on the airwaves speaking sultrily about the good work of my friends over at Mazda, a gig I've been very happy to be doing for many years now. With thanks to Radiyo for the production on this latest digital radio campaign.
You might also have heard me speaking very very fast for Snapfish. Hopefully I have inspired you to get the countless photos of your sandwiches and loved ones (in that order) off your phone and onto your kitchen fridges, or cushion covers.
And, not to brag, but my mechanical engineering skills are quite something. Just check out this video I did for Visser & Smit Hanab.
Thanks for sharing this special moment with me as I relaunch myself back into the booth full-time. Not to sound too forward or anything, but, you know, call me.
Testing... Year 2022
It's been quite a while since I blogged on my website and there are a number of reasons why...
In the last six months I've been engaged, married, been growing a baby, and have been very busy with long and time-consuming voice and writing projects that have made me forget entirely about this wee website of mine.
But now, it's the Gregorian new year of 2022, 6 days after the Spring festival of Imbolc (when the shoots of the new year are really beginning), and the Year of the Tiger is now also underway, so there's just enough 'new' to get me going with some of my missed commitments of recent times.
One of the time-consuming projects I was delighted to be a part of is the above video - an audiobook for author Signe Knutson and Audible called Make Money Magic: 13 Easy Charms.
This was a delight to produce for many reasons - I got to stretch my accent wings as a neutral British narrator for this one, and learn a lot of practical and magical money tips to increase my cash flow along the way... always a welcome gift as a self-employed woman!
Signe is releasing snippets of the book over on her channel, Money Magic. So, if you're in the market for a bit of a magical money boost (and in this economy, who isn't?) head over there and get the juices flowing.
You can hear more of my narration work on Audible here ( a new book is coming to my roster very soon!)
And you can hear some of my recent work on my Youtube channel, which I update as often as possible with work as it is released in the public domain, here.
Thanks for listening. If you like what you hear you can book me here.
Usually I'm the one doing the interviewing these days, when I'm podcasting with Film Network Ireland, but for a change I let Mark L'estrange interview me for his Author's Tuesday series of podcasts. Mark is a prolific podcaster, with two, sometimes three, episodes released a week, including tips from NLP specialist, Orlando Zucchetto.
Here, we chat about my writing, my new novelette coming soon from Open Pen London, and my work as a voice-over artist.
WILDFIRE was nominated for 5 #IFTA awards this year (6 including Cathy Brady's Rising Star nomination!) and came home with 2 at the ceremony on July 4th - Best Director for Cathy and Best Actress - Film for the late, great Nika McGuigan, which was presented to her family. It was a beautiful tribute to the labour of love that is Wildfire, as well as an important honouring of the life & work of Nika McGuigan, who as well as being a magnificently talented actress, was also my friend. I know she's raising a glass of champagne - or perhaps a tequila-on-the-rocks - to us all now from her place among the stars. Cheers to you, Niks!
WILDFIRE had its first public screening in London's BFI on the summer solstice a fortnight ago, and I was lucky enough to be there to see it shown for the first time as it was meant to be seen - on the big screen.
I wanted to capture the magic of cinema again after so long being cooped up and confined to experiencing film through our laptops, so I brought my Zoom along to London and recorded the experience, in all its plush red velvet and surround-sound glory, live. I also managed to grab Cathy Brady and one of the film's co-leads, the IFTA nominated Nora-Jane Noone, afterwards for a chat. We talked about the long, challenging, and, at times, heartbreaking journey of this film from rehearsal room to screen, the magic of cinema, and what's coming next for the talented pair. Listen here!
Whilst trawling Youtube, I came across an old character of mine, the vibrant adventuress Amelie in Lux Vide's animated series 'The Extraordinary Adventures of Jules Verne.'
I had a great time voicing this cartoon, with all its exploration across the earth and under the sea - lots of efforts, grunts, and generally fun foley was required.
It makes me want to do another animation ASAP!
Enjoy the clips, and if it's being shown somewhere near you, I hope you're loving watching it as much as we did making it.
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.