helen@HQvoice.com | @HQvoice
Hello and welcome. Presumably you’re here because you want to know more about who I am and what I can do for you as a voiceover and producer. So, a little breakdown.
I’ve been voicing professionally since 1997 when I started in radio as a traffic reporter. Since then I’ve voiced everything from commercials to continuity, though I’m probably best known for the viral video, Porn Sex vs Real Sex: The Differences Explained with Food which has hit nearly 20 million views. It’s funny, it’s informative and it’s definitely not suitable for work.
I’ve recorded for myriad clients including high-end car manufacturers and software companies. Some I can talk about, some I can’t! To hear work from those I can talk about, visit the DEMOS page.
I work from my purpose-built professional recording studio in Chelmsford, within easy reach of London.
If you’re looking for a cool, calm and contemporary sound and occasionally something a bit northern, my USP is British with a twist. Mary Poppins reads Fifty Shades of Grey. Cheeky but classy. Warm, smooth, professional – with a wink!
My voiceover for the scifi audio drama DILATION picked up Outstanding Audio Promo VO at the Voice Arts & Sciences Awards 2020.
Source Connect (Standard and Now)
Purpose-built VOICEOVER BOOTH
Neumann TLM 193/U87, SENNHEISER MKH416
Fireface UCX interface
AUDIO PROMOS / TRAILS PRODUCER
I’ve worked as one of BBC Creative’s freelance radio producers for more than a decade, producing high profile national trails for Gentleman Jack, Poldark, The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show and The Green Planet, plus Promax award-winning promos for The Apprentice and the BBC’s Make a Difference campaign. Click here for examples.
As an independent, my trail for Audible UK’s The Effect won Bronze at the Promax North America Awards 2022, up against trails from CNN, Disney+ and Hulu.
NUTS and BOLTS
Years of polishing voice for broadcast has served me well in mixing and mastering work, including commercial campaigns for Digital Radio UK, podcast series The Big Steal, audio content for Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place app and dialogue editing for Unsinkable, (Indie Podcast Fiction series), Barred (BBC Radio 4) andthe upcoming Theatre of the Damned. (B7Media / Metal Rabbit)
Since producing Eleanor of Aquitaine: Mother of the Pride in association with Tara Arts in 2019, I’ve produced or co-produced docudrama The Space Race and the podcast drama, The Effect (both for Audible), Greenborne (B7 Media), Venna’s Planet (AUK), and Barred and Mahabharata Now (BBC Radio 4).
I’ve also produced and mastered numerous audiobooks.
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
And a step away – in part – from audio, as Associate Publisher on two new graphic novels: an original 4 part scifi thriller, Pilgrim – with accompanying fiction podcast in development – and Hancock: The Lad Himself, a graphic novel biography of Tony Hancock, one of Britain’s best known and loved comedians, written by Stephen Walsh and drawn by Keith Page, to be released Easter 2023.
As a voiceover, I don’t really do the Big, Shouty Sell. My voiceover style is more subtle, dryly comic and wry. Cool, indifferent car commercials. Sultry high-end jewellery promos or real estate videos.
Different voices suit different tasks. As I say, you’ll hear me a lot on-hold. I’ll often narrate corporate videos or short explainers. I’m friendly, informative, professional… so a lot of e-learning comes my way. I’m an excellent “every voice”; inoffensive, easy on the ear, and so appropriate to any number of projects needing narration that’s easy to follow and pleasant to listen to.
And if you need something more regional, my native accent is Hartlepool via Teesside. Somewhat softened now, but there are samples in the “North East Demo” on the Demos page! Plus as a voiceover with home studio, I have flexible availability and speedy turnaround times.