Q How did you get interested in voice work?
A It wasn’t an auspicious beginning. In the late seventies upwardly mobile Americas started buying answering machines. I made the outgoing message for our family phone. Soon friends and family were asking me to record outgoing messages for them. I loved doing it, especially for people who wanted me to inject some personality in it.
Q What does it takes to be an accomplished voice talent?
A Ideally you want the range of an opera singer; the training of an actor; the chemistry of a chef and the passion of an artist.
Q Do you like doing accents?
A Love it. I’ve yet to hear a dialect I can’t do with a bit of practice. Standard Mid-Atlantic, East Coast Lawyer; New York Cabbie; California Surfer; Midwest Farmer; Southern Preacher; Hassidic Rabbi; Texas Politician; Oxford Professor; Eaton Torry; BBC Reporter with proper RP, London Banker; Irish Poet; Scottish Fisherman; Welsh Musician; Spanish Bull Fighter; German Composer; Russian Scientist; French Film Maker; Indian Artist; Middle Eastern Businessman. The one thing I struggle with is women’s voices. I’m too much of a natural baritone to pull it off.
Q How do you like to work?
A If it's a book, in the studio with an experienced producer and engineer. If it's a short, say something under 3,000 words, I can produce it myself but still prefer the collaborative effort. The quality's better when you work as a team.
Q What kind of things would you like to be working on right now?
A BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4
Guy de Maupassant's Boule de Suif
Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol