Pick up a stone, hold it in your hand. Squeeze tight and feel the small pleasure given by its rough exterior. Run your bare feet over heavy woollen carpet. Let your fingers travel up and down across the colours of a hand- stitched tapestry.
Each of these examples holds our brain’s attention because imperfections are more interesting. We are drawn closer to see what makes the bumps or crevices or cracks.
Nat Dean’s listenability and his engaging delivery is just like this. He’s not laminex smooth. We are drawn closer to his voice because there’s a little bit of glistening quartz in the stone, an undiscovered colour in the wool and there’s an exciting rise and fall in the hand-stitched stories he narrates.
Nat Dean’s experience covers TV, stage, film and countless elements of voice work. He has been both main attraction and support player. All this work has had his voice working hard. It’s blacksmith hardened and fired to take on roles and rhythms of any script that comes his way. And they certainly have. Advertisers have come to realise men today don’t want to be ‘too smooth’ but an interesting gravel mixture of rough, honest, sensitive and technically connected. That’s why the digital perfection of cameras , cars and compters use Nat because they still want to sound easy to use and ready to be enjoyed in the hands of the less than totally confident.
If you have the words, Nat will bring today’s modern man to your script. It’s his faults that make it flawless.