What I Do

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. More specifically, what I can do for you as a voiceover and producer. So, a little breakdown.

VOICEOVER ARTIST

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, and I’m probably best known for the viral video and I’m probably best known for the viral video, Porn Sex vs Real Sex: The Differences Explained with Food which has had 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, Essex within easy reach of London.

If you’re looking for a cool, calm and contemporary sound and occasionally 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 won Outstanding Audio Promo VO at the Voice Arts & Sciences Awards 2020.

STUDIO SPECS

Source Connect (Standard and Now)

Cleanfeed

Purpose-built VOICEOVER BOOTH

Neumann TLM 193/U87 microphones

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, responsible for 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 just some of my trails you may have heard already on BBC Radio over the years.

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 – including trails, see above – has served me well in mixing and mastering, including commercial campaigns for Digital Radio UK, podcast series The Big Steal, audio content for apps and dialogue editing for Unsinkable, (Indie Podcast Fiction series), Barred (BBC Radio 4) and Theatre of the Damned. (B7Media / Metal Rabbit)


AUDIO DRAMA

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 to be published in Autumn 2022: 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.


My Voice

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.