Late last year, I hosted a recording session for an extremely special project at the studio. The folks behind this project prefer to perpetrate their random acts of kindness in an anonymous manner - so while I can't divulge many details, I was and am still so pleased to have been involved with an effort to educate & empowered our kids so that they might improve the world around them.
As is sometimes the case, the producers of this project ran into a last minute scheduling snafu. They had to quickly scramble to bring in a back-up voice-over artist. That back-up was Nikki Lowe.
Since the session's script revolved around the myriad dangers and challenges that today's youth encounter, the subject matter got fairly deep and pretty intense. . .and often quite sad. Many of us in the room were feeling pretty emotional - some of us (me included) on the verge of tears. It was heavy - and we had a good amount of material to cover. Nikki was in the booth for roughly 3 hours. . . .and she crushed it all like a pro.
After we completed all of Nikki's work, we had the chance to chat. It was only then that I learned that this was one of Nikki's FIRST EVER voice-over sessions. In fact, she was just about to start taking classes to properly develop voice-over skills. I couldn't believe it - I thought she had been doing voice-over work for years.
Now - I don't know about you, but I know that I do MY best when I work with people that are good at what THEY do. It's simply more fun when you have the chance to up your game. In that spirit, I let Nikki know that I really wanted to help compile her reel. She told me - though - that she hadn't yet done enough VO work yet to have the material to compile. (Again - mind blown).
Instead of letting that derail us, I encouraged her to go take her class, soak up all the knowledge there and make as many contacts as she could. . .and let's then make a plan to get that V.O. reel together.
We stuck to our plane. . .and the results are below.
As you can hear, Nikki has such an inviting, welcoming voice. No matter the subject matter, there's something that pulls you in a little closer. And as a trained actor with experience in improv, she effortlessly dials-in the necessary adjustments to go from "nurturing" (for baby products) to "epic" (for super meaty pizzas) to "enthusiastic" (for a film-makers' competition).
Learn more about Nikki on her website and contact her (nikki.e.lowe at gmail dot com) to get her in on your next VO session.
You'll be glad you did.
Thanks to Ben Sound for the music - http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music