I’ve always thought overalls to be underrated.
Their do it yourself, do anything and do you mind highly pocketed design, means you can say yes to any job that comes your way because, yes I do have a screwdriver on me, yes here’s a pen and hungry? wouldn’t you know it, yes here’s a sandwich.
Originally just a factory floor fashion icon, torn and worn overalls have been reimagined by artists, protestors, the famous and the not so to cover up, clean up and to carry on with the day’s work ahead of them. And by ‘them’ I’m referring to the smartest person in the room, who may appear to be relaxing leaning against the wall but in reality, calmly knows the answers of how to fix the engine, how long it’s going to take or how the vision for the art piece will wow the crowd.
That brings me to Benjie McNair. His crowd of admirers is his legion of clients, writers and audio producers who at first may have just heard a grubby-from-the-gutter vocal delivery but have grown to respect Benjie’s overall style and the way he whips out the screwdriver from the back pocket to control the comedy with a deft hand.
Every writer has that precious line to be delivered in a particular way and now, thank goodness Benjie is here to put on the work gear and give you just what you needed.
For some, ‘what this script needed’ was some embarrassing medical news delivered by the neighbour who knows everything or a work mate who can juggle the price of a new four- wheel drive with a lap lying hot kebab or the relative on the phone who finally reveals a jealously guarded secret holiday destination and how much he saved with his favourite airline. It won’t be too long before you’re using Benjie too with your ‘I need this’ or “I’m hearing this” and he’ll surprise you with reaching in and bringing out from a left-hand side, breast pocket presentation of what you’re hearing or seeing in your head.
Technically Benjie is not just dry, but rather high-grade sand paper who uses his years of acting and performance experience to pause, breathe and bring smooth country common sense to every project he undertakes. Check out the list of clients below and listen again to his demo to help reimagine your next audio job.