The Voiceover Social

The Voiceover Social
Leah (voice actor and radio person) and Nic (voiceover and voice coach) interview people working at the top of their game in all things audio industry related - voiceover, animation, radio drama, commercial, sound design, all sorts. If VO is your thing, so’s this podcast! There’s a new episode out on the first of every month. Follow us on Twitter @theVOsocial or search for “VO Social North” on Facebook

Bonus Episode - What Is An Award Worth?
Oct 13 • 19 min
Our Leah was nominated for two VOX awards this year, but did she win them? Does it even matter? What’s the difference between awards in the UK and the US? And what if you have to pay to enter? Does that make it worth less? We bring you all the answers -…
22. The Studio Engineer
Sep 30 • 35 min
We’ve cornered studio engineers Tom Rowbotham, Kirsty Gillmore, Rob Bee and Rich O Donoghue and asked them what on earth they’re twiddling with. Featuring: A fancy new(ish) way to get rid of mouth clicks Ten things you really need to know about studio…
21. The Voice of God
Aug 31 • 34 min
Ladies and Gentlemen, this episode is about to begin! VOG specialists Katie Flamman and Lorraine Ansell tell us everything they know about getting the sound exactly right, Nic tackles a mysterious squeak in the Panic Room, and Equity’s Audio Committee…
20. The Impressionist - Jess Robinson
Jul 31 • 32 min
We’ve dragged ourselves out of a sluggish 38 celsius funk to bring you the sparklingly musical (and non-musical too) impressionist Jess Robinson. In this episode, Jess reveals who has the trickiest of all the voices to get right as well as which ones do…
Bonus Episode - The Socials
Jul 13 • 18 min
Did you know there are VO Socials across the UK? Join us on a whistlestop tour round three of them – Bristol, Scotland and Hull - for advice on tricky clients, VO horror stories, and a surprising amount of nudity… Get involved in real life: NEWCASTLE 5th…
19. The Radio Commercial Producer - Adders
Jun 30 • 31 min
EXPLICIT CONTENT! Be warned. This interview with radio commercial producer Adders from LBS has absolutely zero bleeps in it. That’s despite it containing an extraordinary, previously unbroadcast recording of one of voiceover’s most famous mavericks…
18. The Famous Actor - Hugh Bonneville
May 31 • 39 min
It’s the One Voice Conference 2019 in podcast form! Featuring keynote speaker Hugh Bonneville, voiceovers from all over the world, and the Northern winners from the One Voice Awards. Don’t forget to leave a review, and send your questions to our brand new…
Bonus Episode - Paul Brown
May 14 • 16 min
It’s a bonus episode! Join Nic, Leah, Paul Brown and special guest Natalie Silverman for a quick jaunt back in time to find out if things really were better in the olden days of commercial voiceover. Plus, find out how YOU could be the proud owner of the…
17. The Radio Commercial VO - Paul Brown
May 1 • 29 min
Paul Brown is one of the most well known radio commercial voices in the UK. He’s been at it since the 70s, and now works from his home studio near Macclesfield for a floor-moppingly long list of huge name clients. We popped round his gaff to find out what…
16. The In-Store Radio Producer - Toby Huggins
Apr 1 • 27 min
This time around, we have an avant-garde bash at getting the levels right and then expert In-Store Radio producer Toby Huggins from KVH Media takes us on a trip all over this under-lauded industry. He also reveals the details of a party he’s planning in…
15. The Agent - The VO Gallery
Feb 2 • 34 min
In this episode we chat to Judith from Manchester/London voice agency The Voiceover Gallery about how being based up North makes a difference, current casting trends, and what to do if your client’s “being a nob”. There’s an absolutely lovely chap…
14. The Video Production Company - Bearded Fellows
Dec 4, 2018 • 27 min
The North played a blinder at the VOX awards 2018, with a load of nominations and an outstanding TWO wins by Cumbrian lad Jack Oddie, so we called him up to get his perspective on regional accents taking over the commercial mainstream. Also in this…
Bonus Episode - Boz Temple Morris
Oct 1, 2018 • 9 min
Boz talks in this bonus episode about casting, music, sound design, authenticity and purpose in Holy Mountain’s “Billie Homeless Dies At The End”, “Saving The Blue”, “Hay El Matar” (back on BBC Radio 4 from November 19th) and “The Good Listener” (which is…
13. The Radio Drama Producer - Boz Temple Morris
Aug 22, 2018 • 25 min
Here, have an interview with the man from Holy Mountain; Leah’s favourite creator and award winning, industry disrupting megatron, Boz Temple Morris. The most Northern of our VO Social attendees features in Show Offs’ Corner, and there’s a clip of one of…
12. The Animation Casting Director - Dave Peacock
Jun 21, 2018 • 25 min
This VO Social meets… episode features major UK animation casting and voice director Dave Peacock (who says some frankly astonishing things), a bag of shiny voxes from the One Voice Conference 2018 AND we introduce our new segment, Show Offs Corner. Send…
11. The Sound Designer - Eloise Whitmore
Feb 1, 2018 • 20 min
In this episode, we meet extraordinary Manchester based sound designer Eloise Whitmore, find out what a half decent radio drama actor sounds like, learn what the future holds for our ears, and Leah says two things she probably shouldn’t. ALSO, we announce…
10. The Audiobook Narrator - David Thorpe
Dec 1, 2017 • 15 min
In this aggressively festive episode, Leah and Nic explain exactly what’s expected of the next social’s attendees, and award winning audiobook reader Dave Thorpe tells Plog what’s what when it comes to reading those audiobooks. Email…
9. The Voice Actor - Melissa Sinden Gray
Sep 1, 2017 • 13 min
In this Plog Meets… episode we journey out to a little stone cottage in the countryside to chat to our Melissa… She’s been a pro voiceover and a radio drama regular for ages and has some extremely interesting things to say about all of that. Sign up(if…
8. You’ve worked for WHO?!!
Jun 1, 2017 • 7 min
The 8th edition of the ever popular VO Social North PLOG. This month we brag unabashedly about the excellently talented people who come to hang out with us at our voiceover social meet up in Manchester. —- Send in a voice message:…
7. We take April Fools’ Day very seriously
Mar 1, 2017 • 15 min
To celebrate April Fool’s Day, we’ve compiled ludicrous voiceover stories from the professionals that attend our socials. Also featuring a coordinated attack by the swarming street sweepers of Salford. —- Send in a voice message:…
6. The toppermost of the tippermost
Jan 1, 2017 • 10 min
The talented and well established voiceover industry folk who come to our dos share the most useful secret tip they’re prepared to give away. —- Send in a voice message:
5. Happy Oneth Birthday to us!
Oct 1, 2016 • 1 min
Find out all about the astonishing shenanigans Nic got up to when she turned one, feel the birthday love in stereo and open your special birthday present from us. All in under two minutes. —- Send in a voice message:…
4. Do you feel fonder?
Jul 1, 2016 • 3 min
We take a stroll through the grimiest bit of Manchester’s Northern Quarter and talk about how nice it’s going to be when we all see each other at Mr Thomas’ Chop House. —- Send in a voice message:
3. We love the North a LOT.
Apr 1, 2016 • 4 min
…also pingpong. —- Send in a voice message:
2. The Blue Peter Garden
Jan 1, 2016 • 3 min
The first ever social went so well we’re going to do it again! So we go for a walk in the wind to discuss why and how, also when, although not where. —- Send in a voice message:
1. What is all this?
Oct 1, 2015 • 6 min
Nic is a voiceover and vocal coach, Leah is a voiceover and radio person. We met on the internet over a wayward apostrophe, accidentally both moved to Salford and then set up a thriving social for voiceovers across the North of England. This is the first…