Has anyone used Soho Voices / Voiceover Soho

Mike Keane
Voice Over: English

Hi all,

I’m new to the voiceover world, and want to get a decent commercial voice reel put together. I’m in contact with Voiceover Soho, but before committing, wanted to gauge any feedback from the community.

Has anyone used them, and if so, what did you think?

Thanks in advance for any guidance.

Have a great weekend!


Mike


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Kasper Michaels
Voice Over: Canadian

Going to be biased. SohoVoices did my update reel in 2011, and I eventually signed on with them. I updated my reels a few years later with them and the response from clients was almost immediate. I am actually going to have them update my reels again very soon

They are extremely professional, on par with peer agencies for cost, and they approach each reel as custom to the client. They work with you to discover what is your "best voice".

Feel free to check out my profile page. All my demos are SohoVoices except the MOTA one which is an excerpt from the finished show.

Could not recommend them more highly.


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Mike Keane
Voice Over: English

Brilliant, thanks for the response. All booked in for next week.


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Kasper Michaels
Voice Over: Canadian

tell the gang I said hi


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Warren Beckwith
Voice Over: English

This is really good to hear, I also looked at SohoVoices, just not in the position financially to get it done however this is exactly the question I wanted to ask.


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Christian Bell
Voice Over: Scottish

Hey Mike, I have recently done my voicereel with Soho Voices and honestly I couldn't be happier with what I received. Did the recording on the 16th September and had it back fully edited with backing tracks and SFX by 14th October, the slight wait was due to other studio engineers having to take their holidays, the studio engineer i worked with was called Lauren Thorpe (highly recommend her).
Obviously what I have on mine won't be everyone's preference but have a listen to mine and that will give you an idea of what to expect.
Chris


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Mike Keane
Voice Over: English

Thanks Chris,

The Voicereels sound great. I’ve had my script session with Drew, and it was great fun. Heading back to record the reel after half term. Really looking forward to it!

Really good experience so far.

Mike


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Warren Beckwith
Voice Over: English

Thanks to this forum I contacted Soho Voice to get an understanding and they were really helpful, I will be making a booking very soon.


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Alex Madia
Voice Over: Italian

I will say they represented me as a v/o artist for so many years and couldn't say anything bad about them: possibly one of the few agencies (two or three...) in London who are incredibly serious about their job!


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Noah Watts
Voice Over: English

Hey! I used them for mine and they’re great! Have also worked alongside them in my day job and they smashed it! Couldn’t recommend more


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Charlie Lemmer
Voice Over: English

I used these guys and they were great ... i did my reels with Tom and he was fab ... I would definitely use them next time


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Sarah Cahill
Voice Over: Irish

Hey everyone, can you recommend anyone North East, Newcastle area for a voice reel ? Thanks in advance


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April Cowan
Voice Over: English

Am I being stupid? I thought your voucereel was supposed to be clips of final jobs you have done, all pieced together?
But it's mentioned about about going to them to "record the reel"??
Sorry for the stupid question xx


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Kasper Michaels
Voice Over: Canadian

Hi April, in a nutshell, your voice reel is your audio business card. What you are describing is more of a "best of" or an audio CV. Demo reels don't need to be something that was originally a paying job, but they still need to be well produced, with an appropriate script and a good example of what you can do. People will have more than one reel because the average length of a proper reel is 90-120seconds. (under 2 minutes). so you pick your best one or two examples, and that is all you need. Remember that a client needs to hear you, your voice. You only need one or two versions of an explainer to do that, for example. You need something compact and precise that's going to get you in the door and onto the speakers of the client. It's your elevator pitch from Working Girl. You've got 90seconds.... sell it to me.

Demo reels are the "why should you hire me? this is why" of the industry. They are there to showcase your voice. You demo reel gets in in the door, so that one day, hopefully, you'll have a "best of" reel.


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Mike Keane
Voice Over: English

Hi all, I completed the recording of my reels yesterday, and will post a link to them once production is finished. The experience was absolutely fantastic, and Drew, the engineer that supported, (and directed), me was amazing.

I’m hopeful it’s turned out okay, as it was brilliant fun creating it.

Cheers,

Mike.


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April Cowan
Voice Over: English

Oh wow! Kasper thanks so much for explaining. I had no idea.... my voicereel has always been my actual work. Perhaps I should look into this further.
Thanks xx


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The one issue I have with a lot of reels is that they are often recorded and produced in great studios with quality gear that often (but not always) eclipses the quality of what the talent may have at home. That's all fine if you only ever go to studios to record jobs but if, like many, you are recording remotely from home for most jobs, your reel may not give a totally accurate representation of the sound quality you'll be delivering on a day to day basis.


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Kasper Michaels
Voice Over: Canadian

You have genuine concern Paul and a good observation. I was just talking to someone about this very thing, but hopefully your concern is the point of your reel: what you will sound like if given the opportunity to do so. A large majority of jobs, you will be providing the voice. Your voice should sound good wherever you are recording it, with whatever background noise or music is added. If it doesn't, you as the talent needs to revisit what you are using for a home studio.

Even people with home studios will be connecting with CleanFeed or SSI initiated from the engineer. Your voice is basically going to the great studio with the quality gear. It's for jobs like this that demo reels shine.

For jobs with less mastering, or different needs, such as audio books, that's a different reel altogether, and a different topic.

if your demo reel is making you sound so different, again, the Voice talent might need to revisit what is used as a home setup. We still do professional work from home. We are also not all trained engineers, but covid has certainly forced us all to re-evaluate what we need to do as voice over artists. Some people are even lucky enough to have friends or associates who are engineers who can help. Hopefully you will discover that most of us would be able to do quality voice demos from home if we had the mastering experience, the scripts, the music and the voice. Well, we have the voice. The reason we go to professionals to get our reels done is they should have the other stuff. If they came to your home with the stuff, you could probably do it there. it might just take a little longer. The big catch word there is "experience". You need a proper engineer to master your demos. Someone with a good ear. If you're good at it, awesome. Myself, I've been doing this thing for over 20yrs. I'm awesome on one side of the mic (ahem... cough) but just scratching the surface on the other. I don't have the master experience to do myself justice. I deserve a better reel than I could give me.

As I mentioned to April, your reel is your electronic business card. It gets you in the door. Once you are in, it's up to you and your talent. And luck. and hard work. and the position of Venus.... so many variables. Once you book a few jobs, you take your best of and make a Showreel. then your demos will sound exactly like what you sound like, because there is the proof.... actually jobs using your voice. Some from studios, some from your home. In the end, your demo is to get the potential client to hear your voice. Wrapping it in a nice package doesn't hurt.

It is a genuine concern, but hopefully, one in which you can look at your own studio space and ask yourself, if I had the skillset, could I do it from home? Can I provide professional sounding VO from my home studio. If the answer is yes, job done. Demo reels are present to yourself. If the answer is no, find out why and sort it. It's why we call plumbers, or take our cars to the garage. we go to the professionals. If we had that skill and the tools to go with it... you see where I'm going.

Again, I will say, if you think a studio demo has you sound nothing like you would from your home studio, for most of us, I think we are just lacking the skills (and a friend with a honest ear).


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Mike Keane
Voice Over: English

Evening all, just received the reels from Soho Voice, and the final results can be heard here : https://www.mandy.com/uk/voice-artist/mike-keane. I hope that's the right link, (if not, just search my name). Let me know what you think, (as this is my first one, and I have absolutely no idea!).

Great fun recording them though!


Mike


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Declan McHugh
Voice Over: English

Hey Mike,

I had a listen and they've done you proud! Nice one! They are very much on my short-list now....

Declan


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Mike Keane
Voice Over: English

Thanks for taking the time to listen to the reels, and thanks for the feedback.

All the best.


Mike


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