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Thoughts mostly (but not always) about the voice-over business, from London Voiceover Artist, Mike Cooper

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    My name is Mike Cooper. I'm a full time Voiceover Artist living and working in London, and this is my blog. Find out more about me on my main website (there's a link further down this column), or if you'd like to hear some of my work, check out the files below.
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I’m a bit excited. Indulge me?

Posted by MikeCooper on February 11, 2009

This coming Monday a project I completed my part of  some months back finally comes to fruition, and I must admit I´m a little bit excited!

In the late autumn of last year I was contacted out-of-the blue by a delightful lady at German publishing house, PONS GmbH, to narrate some audiobooks for learners of English. I voiced two short stories by Roald Dahl, two by Ian Rankin and six of Nick Hornby´s “31 Songs”, and was also able to get two of my female voiceover friends involved: Trish Bertram (a voice recognisable from her many years of work for ITV) and Kathy Clugston (who´ll be familiar to anyone who listens to BBC Radio 4).

The titles go on sale today – with each pack containing a CD with the English recording of the story, plus a book with the English transcription and a German translation – and my contact at PONS emailed me today to confirm the publication date.

This is exciting for me, as it marks the first time my work will have been committed to something as permanent as a CD for sale to the general public. Most of my voiceover work, regardless of the size of the audience, has either been for immediate transmission and disappears into the ether, or – in the case of corporate work – disappears into the internal workings of whatever company commissioned it, never to be heard again by anyone not involved with the company in question. The idea that the (Ger)man in the street can buy something with me on it, therefore, gives me an absurd thrill (I´m sure it will pass, but bear with me for now?)

If you´re interested in taking a look, you´ll find the “Read and Listen” series on sale at the PONS website here. And if you´d like to hear a sample of one of my Roald Dahl stories, you´ll find it on my voiceover website here.


2 Responses to “I’m a bit excited. Indulge me?”

  1. WOW Mike! This is brilliant! Many congratulations. Here’s to more of the same.


  2. mikecooper said

    Me too. I’m waiting for some copies to arrive in the post!

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