Kathy Luu is an actor, director, photographer, writer and designer. Born in Sydney to Vietnamese refugee parents, she studied law and film at UNSW, before becoming an actor. Creating innovative short content videos and visuals for social media is part of Kathy’s creative practice. She is inspired by work that is bold, funny, unique, playful and creative. Her film The Real Zombie Housewives has won international awards for its originality and comedy. She can be last seen acting in the NBC comedy The Good Place, and on the first Asian-Australian led rom-com, Rhapsody of Love as the lead actor and associate producer.
Stepping into the voice booth, you may wonder if Finn Ireland has a fake ID. He looks young, but his voice says otherwise. Mature beyond his teen years, and a voice that brims with professional acting experience – you might just be second guessing yourself that you’ve booked someone still in their teens. But this is also what’s great about Finn.
With acting credits already forming a long list (view his impressive IMDB profile here), it’s evident Finn has the performance experience already under his belt as an actor – that makes him attuned to the understanding of a creative script before him.
Silence hushes the crowd. Mimicking the football lights of a sports stadium, the bulb in the studio booth brightens and stepping up to the plate (well microphone in this case) is Cinzia Lee. Sports games can come in a variety of different flavours. It can be real sports or imaginary ones, you know serious, cartoony or photorealistic. The style of the game affects the commentary, just like the creative can really define a script. But the important decision here is…..the voice over play-by-play. Performing the script in real time is where the magic happens with Cinzia.
She can “hook” the audio just at the right inflection. Or “tap” in on the tone and delivery. And it’s just as she’s about to line up the perfect goal, every creative in the room goes quiet….she’s done it. Well done our lady of sport, it’s a perfect score!
Now take the lady out of the sportsgear and sneakers and the ying to the yang side of Cinzia emerges as a full moon approaches. Calmly taking a deep breath, and closing your eyes – you are whisked away into mindful bliss – soothed into a state of calm. Her voice is the perfect jedi-mind-trick to evoke mental clarity, the right amount of nuance…..and those shoes on retail sale you didn’t know you needed. When Cinzia talks, we listen.
You know when someone asks if you’d like sugar, and you say “no thanks, I’m sweet enough”. That’s Sophie. Or, when you close your eyes at your office desk, dreaming of that island getaway a voice inside your head, drifts away with you. That’s Sophie. Easy on the ears.
A young voice, whom is engaging and hasn’t been jaded by the negative realities of the world – Sophie is trusting with a hint of sophistication and full of life happiness.
For every possible outcome for a potential future, Sophie has got you covered. In your twenties, or emerging adulthood as they call it – Sophie navigates you through flat sharing, university open days, buying groceries and paying your credit card debt or student loan……or using your hard earned cash on avocado toast and eyeshadow palettes. Generation YOLO.
And when it’s time to hit your thirties, the most educated and wise voice appears, and with that, one that’s also well travelled. Sophie can speak fluent French, full of femininity and je ne says quoi. Her voice is elusive and pleasing. And when you need to break up your day, it’s nice to do that with Sophie.
Attention passengers…..please mind the gap. Yannick is stepping from the platform and straight into the voice booth. No “time-zone-after-hours” recording here – Yannick is your English voice down under. Lucky you Sydney *wink”
Whether you’re looking for a voice that could well be the next James Bond with the energy of the 6th spice girl, Yannick can bring market cut-through with his British twang to your creative. Stand out from the crowd, and wear your union jack with pride by amalgamating the Commonwealth in your Business-2-Business corporate reads. Get the employees awake at the next meeting…..Ah…Yannick…this is Clem Fandango…can you hear me?
Toast to you dear friend London, you sophisticated, debonair and proper self. Itchy feet has us dancing on top of chimney rooftops, and racing for double decker buses. Blowing kisses to the Queen as you pass Buckingham Palace, see ya later Brexit!! – Adventure out of London awaits you. And Yannick is the Officer at the border, stamping your passport with ink of French and Italian accents. Bonjour! Ciao!
But there’s a real reason he calls Australia home. It matches Yannick’s relaxed and cool vibe. He’s easy going just like us Aussies. Now if we can just switch him from tea to coffee…