As a Voice Over artist I never really know when and where I will be working until the day before. There are a couple of areas where there’s a build-up of studios like Soho. 10/15 years ago almost every VO booking meant you went to Soho. But with crippling rate hikes, studios started to spread to Fitzrovia, The East end and Chiswick.
Most of the time I go to the same 10 studios. But quite often I’m booked in studios where I’ve never been before located on streets I’ve never even heard of.
I love that about London, you take a wrong turn and end up in an area with a completely different vibe. (even after 20 years!).
Food and drink is important when you do voice-overs. You are booked hourly and need to be totally prepared and your “instrument” i.e. mouth needs to be performing as soon as you step into the studio as time really is money on these jobs.
In the olden days when you only had the choice of full fat or skimmed dairy milk in your latte, coffee was a no-no until the job was done as dairy makes your mouth produce deplorable clicking sounds… This can also happen if you don’t eat anything at all before a session. Clicking sounds are best removed with fairly hot water. (Apples have NEVER worked for me). Another trick of the trade is to put a pen side-ways in your mouth and then read the script before you go in. This looks and sound very weird. but, when you remove the pen the words turn out beautifully. This is especially good if you have a booking in the morning and have only made grunting noises before the session.
When I’m booked in Fitzrovia I always pop into Rawligion for a healthy lunch or snack. I adore the Hard Green Smoothie with coconut water, spinach, broccoli, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, mint, parsley and apple.
It might sound to extreme but it’s delicious!
Rawligion is on Holbeach Mews off Tottenham Court Road.