CASTING NOTES TO COME…….
No doubt you’ve heard the phrase ‘raising the bar’, but I think Emma Chelsey has gone out and bought her own.
Emma is an experience actor, dancer, singer, percussionist and has followed her acting passion with training in Paris and The United States. Did I mention she’s an animal trainer and does a killer US accent? The sum of all these parts is, like so many of Scout’s voice talent, they continue to raise the professionalism and session-ready skills they bring to each booking.
But there’s a darker, hidden side to Emma’s bar-raising, bar-owning qualities and you won’t find it in her voice. It’s rumoured Emma can inflict pain and injury with a raised eyebrow or a flick of her hair. Then, if you can take it, comes the steely gaze and the feet planted firmly on the ground to make a point or stand up for what’s right. Only then after all that, can you hear the endless supply of Vitamin D for determination. Its served her well in the continuous round of auditions and performances she’s already given in her early acting life.
I should return to her American accent. It’s flawless and ageless. She has perfected the tone and the inflection after many years in the states and many on camera appearances. Ageless? Emma could easily be the dashboard voice of your Tesla or the documentarian taking you around the Smithsonian.
We get to benefit by all that with access to a local actor who can deliver the goods and open the door to more clients wanting this accent.
Emma Chelsey is another new voice to the impressive Scout Management voice line-up. Some might call her a new style of woman too arriving right when we need her. Strong determined and globally experienced.
Where was Brodie Masini when I needed to explain life, the universe and everything for a high school assignment?
This freshly minted and bubble wrapped NIDA Grad, has a lab coat delivery that is clear, clean and able to shine up any audio project you have in the store room and any multiple choice in the exam room.
Intelligent, witty and with a curious mind, he can turn any complex subject into an easy drive down the wordy wormhole of your choice.
Speaking of choices, the world is full of them and un-fortunately they’re not getting easier to explain to a younger and younger audience. Although I would hazard a guess, Brodie has found the answers along with the fountain of youth elixir that he’s storing in some access-restricted facility.
Brodie is far from being the nerd that knows his stuff. His vocal personality ranges across a number of occupations catalogued for any number of commercials, narration, e-learning tutorials, books and corporate welcomers. Take your time to listen to his demo as his multiple vocal styles reveal themselves on his white board and feel free to take notes.
You might meet his voice browsing through the aisles of Officeworks, he might accompany you in the reference section of any library, work beside you on the bench tops at the CSIRO or be that relief teacher for your child’s class in which they actually learn something. Like another idea how to use Brodie? As employers and staff play give and take with working from home, I’ve got a feeling Brodie will fit right in as an online voice of common sense and corporate instruction.
These are early days for Brodie‘s journey into the voice talent world. But if this is anything to go by, he’s here for the long haul and to teach us all something about creating a new category based on talent and hard work.
Is Ruby Clark a voice over talent with singing ability or a singer with voice talent skills. She’s been hired for both and those people who have done the hiring have never been in the same room together to discover her secret double life.
But leading a double life is quite normal for voice talent. Whether it’s acting and voice work, singing and voice work, raising a family and voice work each plays off and adds to the other. In the accompanying singing demo, Ruby climbs the vocal mountain that is ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’. And climb it she does right to the top. At the end of the performance your skin will have received a vocal face lift by the sheer force of it coming out of the speakers and secondly, you’ll race back to hear her voice compilation and what effect that vocal range has.
I’m happy to report back from base camp there is the same amount of foot
forward confidence and bravery to take on projects outside what she might be suited to. Did someone say bravery? That brings me to mention Ruby’s stunt work. Check out the MEAA Quarantine Fight Challenge on Instagram to see her with other tumbling, falling and firey stunt buddies doing what they do best – falling on their face and getting back up again.
Her voice demo has a full compilation of her range. One minute Ruby is the active wearing new owner of the local gym, next, the concerned girl friend of a partner who is finding trouble at the end of a beer bottle and then, the broad smiling vocal powerhouse so right for a retail sale on this weekend.
It might be easy to say ‘keep your eye on Ruby’ but her stunt and musical theatre skills would mean you would have to keep your eye on studios , stages and scaffolding over head to see what’s next for this talented performer.
At the beginning of each year in sporting club dinners around the country a new club captain is waiting to be announced. And like everywhere else, players and their partners are making nervous small talk shoving the last of their mashed potato around their plates trying to look relaxed.
Who has the required tanker load of youthful energy? Who has that solid core of confidence to be that homeward bound compass direction, able to deliver a positive message that everyone on the team will believe and follow? After listening to his demo you will believe it’s his name that will be announced, Adrian Jarrett.
Adrian is entrusted with some of the biggest brands in the country to bring together a team of listeners on both sides of the microphone.
Experienced and energised his handyman and everyman, his surfer and senior lifeguard, his weekend camper and wise old credible announcer delivery, casts a wide net over a broad roster of possible subjects he can support.
The very new, the long forgotten, the must haves and the coming soon.
A slight twist here and Adrian turns up the enthusiasm, a drop in the shoulders there means a more conversational style and then a step to the left, reveals a heart-to-heart conversation delivered in private. These are all the skills you might expect from someone calling themselves ‘voice talent’ should have- and Adrian does – but not everyone under the pressure of game day client presentation can measure up to.
So, where to from here? Adrian is already developing an ageless quality to his voice. Judging by his photo you might limit him to a millennial life but his voice can be aged up to show mature concern and respect. Once again, a useful skill when another ‘older’ version of the script is needed and there’s no time to recast.
Scout Management has had a long history of discovering and nurturing talent that is not only hot today but provides consistent long-term relationships to make your audio projects easy to cast. Adrian Jarrett is a fine example of that.
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