My background is acting. I trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduating in 1969 and spent the first fifteen years of my working life as a professional actor mainly in Rep, but also in television and radio. Highlights include playing at the the Edinburgh Festival, the National Theatre at the Old Vic in ‘The Alchemist’ and in Jonathan Miller’s production of King Lear’, I played the title role in ‘Miss Julie’ at the Roundhouse Studio and was the female lead, Mollie Ralston, in year 29 of ‘The Mousetrap’ in the West End.
In the early 1980s I moved into television, initially as a presenter and continuity announcer for ITV Central before moving behind the camera as a researcher then a programme maker - while at the same time building a freelance career as a voice actor – which as it turned out, was a very smart move. In 1988 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to Australia to look at Social Action Broadcasting – an area of particular interest. Back at ITV’s regional programme department as a producer. I was involved in research, casting, crew and location logistics, scripting, directing and producing documentary programmes and series for ITV, some studio based, some out on location. I was also often second camera and sound recordist and I edited both audio and video.
Following redundancy from ITV, I briefly returned to my roots as an actor and also as a theatre producer. I also taught acting and voice at Lichfield Theatre and Derby Playhouse before creating my own studio at home and returning to voice work.
Though I have recorded audio across all genres from audio description to elearning, video games to documentary narration, the majority of my work is now as an audiobook narrator – and sometime producer. All but four of my seventy plus audiobooks were recorded remotely from my personal professional recording space. I have narrated for Harper Audio, Penguin Random House and Audible Studios in both the US and the UK; for Blackstone Audio, Macmillan Audio, Disney Audiobooks, Findaway, Brilliance, Dreamscape and Spoken Realms in the US; and for UK imprints including Rosa, Lamplight Audio, Whole Story Audiobooks, Ukemi Audiobooks and Quercus. I was nominated for the One Voice Awards best non-fiction audiobook performance in both 2018 and 2019, and was awarded the best Fiction Audiobook performance in 2019. I am also nominated for best Biography narration in the 2019 SOVAS Awards.
My audiobook narrator coaching course is designed for trained actors wanting to expand into audiobooks or narrators with some experience who want to improve their narration skills and develop their ability to self-produce and work remotely. My audiobook coaching is not suitable for absolute beginners and demands that participants have the ability to produce quality recordings from home and are familiar with their own recording and editing software.
I blog regularly about Audiobooks, Narration, Acting and many other aspects of the industry based on my personal experiences of a career spanning more than fifty years. I am active on Social Media – you can find me on LinkedIn; Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube and Twitter.
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I am a member of the following professional organisations:
• The Audiobook Creative Alliance (UK).
• The Audio Publishers’ Association (US)
• World Voices (WoVO)
• British Actors’ Equity – Audiobook Working Party
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Anita is a professional voice, accent and acting coach, based in Sheffield with over twenty years of industry experience. She has taught at leading drama schools and colleges and runs a succesful private coaching business working primarily with professional actors on voice, text and accents, supporting them through audition to performance but also corporate clients developing their public speaking and presentation skills. Anita maintains strong industry links and has coached clients succesfully through auditions and performances including Theatre Credits include: One Man Two Guvnors, Abi & What Fatima Did (Derby Theatre) Under the GreenWood Tree (Hammerpuzzle Theatre Co/Everyman Cheltenham) Anita trained as an actor at ALRA working professionally for many years and holds an MA In Professional Voice Practice from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.