Voice over talent, my FOXLife gig

written by Tiana Kai

voice over talent - fun at the mic

Like most people, I hate listening to any recordings of myself, so becoming a voice over talent really took me by surprise.

I have what you call a Miami voice, deep and non-girly. Growing up I was complimented on my voice and I also got teased for sounding a bit like Demi Moore (not sure I even sound like her).

In late 2011 I saw a classified ad by Arkadia Dubbing Pictures in Florence requesting American and British voice over talent. I thought it would be fun to try out, but didn’t think anyone would choose my voice.

I had no experience just spunk and a large imagination thanks to past acting classes.


my voice is at the end 🙂

FOXLife ended up choosing me as their voice over talent for promos thanks to Arkadia. Some recordings have fun monologues while others just require me to say the name of the show and time it airs. So, next time you hear ‘Desperate Housewives, tonight at 9pm…’ please think of me.

The fun part is trying to find my voice and craft it, if that makes any sense. Initially, I thought voice overs would be easy, but it has proven to be quite difficult. I’m now more aware of my tone and am learning when to end on a low note or high note when recording.

I love the new challenge and can feel myself improving each time I record. It’s a fun gig and I would love to do more voice over work, especially for movies. I recently tried out for an anime character, but haven’t heard back yet. Fingers crossed.

AND YOU, any random hobbies or gigs that took you by surprise?

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5 comments

Angela April 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Hahaha… what a fun gig! That is your voice in the video, right? I wouldn’t say ‘deep and non-girly’ at all. Florida maybe! But it seems all of our American accents becoming more uniform anyway, hey?

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Tiana Kai April 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Ha, yes, it is. When I think of an American accent I think of more high pitched, which I can’t do even if I tried. It’s quite fun playing around with my voice for the promos though!

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Scott Kosman October 14, 2013 at 9:47 am

One summer during college I spent a couple of months hooked up with a temp agency. Most of the jobs I went to were your typical unskilled labourer type of things (doing inventory in warehouses, putting machinery parts on assembly lines, soul-crushingly boring data entry, etc.). One day, though, I got a call to head out to the FedEx terminal at the airport, but they didn’t know exactly what I was going to be doing. “Wear construction boots” was all I was told.

Turns out I was to spend a day out on the tarmac (in 32ºC heat) building crates to ship cows from Edmonton, Alberta to Japan. I and about 4 other guys built two dozen giant crates that were each large enough to hold 4 cattle, then fill them up with hay out of the back of a truck, and then wait for the cows to arrive so we could pen them in. Note: I’m not a farmhand so I knew nothing about how to handle cows. Turns out they’re pretty damn stubborn about being penned up and loaded into the belly of a plane. Go figure.

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Tiana Kai October 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

Hhahaaaa, what a crazy, random story! I really hope that you added this to your CV, it may open doors for you. Yes, maybe just barn doors, but still!

It would have been better if you were on horseback, talk about talent!

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Scott Kosman October 14, 2013 at 10:37 am

Ha! I don’t think I’ve ridden a horse in the last 20 years, otherwise that could have been a scene out of the most bizarre spaghetti western EVER.

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