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!
RM Clarke is a writer and voiceover 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.