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Voiceover with character…

If you want a script to come to life, then you're in the right place. Barrie has been performing and doing impersonations (including getting himself into trouble for impersonating teachers at a school production) since a very early age. Having trained to Post-Grad level in both English and Drama, Barrie is very well placed to interpret a character from the written word and create the perfect voiceover for your advert, sketch or documentary.

Barrie's voice has been described as 'warm', 'calming', 'a gentle northern and trustworthy voice', but it doesn't stop there…
When I approached Barrie McDermid about being the voice of Randall, all I told him was that I wanted Randall to be 'upbeat and chirpy'. To me, Randall is the sort of guy who always gets out of bed in the morning with a spring in his step and a smile on his face. He’s just positive about everything and things generally work out for him. I asked Barrie if he'd be good enough to send me a quick voice clip so I could hear what he thought Randall might sound like. The voiceover clip you hear in this video was the first file Barrie sent back, and I never needed to ask for a second. He nailed it. No script, no direction by me. He just ad-libbed it and absolutely hit it out of the part first time. And thats why you need to check out Barrie’s voiceover work. Because he’s damn good at what he does.
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Voiceover with a difference…

Why should you come here for your voiceover needs? Quite simply, variety. Barrie is capable of producing voiceovers in a number of accents. Your voiceover will be recorded in an acoustically treated studio room on high-end equipment using industry standard names, such as Rode, Focusrite and Logic.

A full sound track can be produced if required and Barrie also has a huge library of licensed sound effects, which can be applied by separate negotiation.

Voiceover samples…

Barrie has done a variety of work, which covers a number of projects. Regional accents are available, but Barrie's normal voice is a mild, well-spoken, Yorkshire accent. The Yorkshire accent is associated with trust and friendliness, so it's a perfect way to get the right image and voice for your brand.

The Punctuation Show Singular vs Plural Sketch

This example is a parody of a singles advert, designed to help pupils remember the key differences between singular and plural words.
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Times Educational Supplement Podcast - An Inspector Calls

I was commissioned to produce a number of educational podcasts for the Times Educational Supplement. The voices required were varied, but the consistency of narration needed to be warm and friendly to maintain engagement from a teenage audience. This particular sample is part of a series created about the play 'An Inspector Calls'.
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Times Educational Supplement Podcast - Of Mice and Men

This sample is part of a series created about the novel 'Of Mice and Men'.
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Grammar Aquarium.

The Grammar Aquarium is a children's TV programme, designed to assist with the learning of the English Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar curriculum. There are a number of characters, each with their own accent, representing different areas of the UK.
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Sample Packs

These Audio Sample packs have been designed for Crazy Talk Animator to help give you something to animate. Each pack consists of voices for three characters with a number of speech parts, enabling you to build up a short script or interaction to practise your animation skills. There is also a background track appropriate to the genre and a PDF file with the spoken words listed for easy access. The packs can be used with any project, animation or otherwise, and are royalty-free (though a credit and link to my website is requested).

If you like the voices and want a customised script read, please get in touch for prices.