My work and interests have combined technology and creativity and linked selling, teaching and acting. They were not obvious bedfellows in the beginning. But looking back, they've all been about connecting with audiences and persuading them to follow along the thread of a story, albeit using very different styles of performance.
From radio and TV commercials, to narration, storytelling, and dialogue replacement, my recorded voice has played a part in a varied collection of projects. There are several voiceover examples on the Advertising and Narration pages, but occasionally I'm asked for a description. So, throwing modesty to the wind, here's a written version of what you can expect to hear! The voice is acoustically low to mid range; musically baritone, with a colour palette ranging from dark brown cello to golden tenor sax; geographically Irish with an accent whose compass can swing west to the US and east to the UK; it speaks with convincing authority and switches to soothing, warm tones when the occasion calls — it commands attention and above all is believable.
The theatre is a magical space. Another Declan* has described it as a mystery. Acting and Performance experience for me began on stage; working to camera followed. On a stage of a different kind, the role of Master of Ceremonies for live and recorded events has combined aspects of both presentation and performance. Backstage and behind the camera, microphone, and computer, I've explored the magic in Multimedia — taking ideas in words and complementing them with sound design, video, photography, and graphics. I have also worked as part of the creative team with Mill Productions, a performance unit attached to dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, south of Dublin city after it was opened in 2006; and on story and project development for independent film and television production. *Declan Donnellan, The Actor and the Target, (Hern Books)
The early stages of my career were spent in the corporate world working in sales and marketing within the photographic business (Kodak), aviation (Aer Lingus), telecommunications (British Telecom) and advertising (McConnells). Following that, and some time devoted to business and technology training, my interest in the theatre led to the practice of acting and a course of study at University College Dublin, where I gained a master of arts degree in drama and performance studies. All of which has reinforced the value of seeing and experiencing things from many sides — and the joy of life-long curiosity.
If any or all of this could play a role in one of your projects, please get in touch.