Looking back, these communication skills, which I naturally absorbed from listening to her, definitely helped in my modern languages and journalism degrees, my radio broadcasting career, and latterly my work as a UK voice-over artist.
This small film for Aptamil follow-on milk was about a father looking after his daughter, while his wife returned to work.
To achieve intimacy and naturalness in her phone call to him, I actually used an acting prop – and recorded my lines with my phone to my ear. Listening to the actress’s previously recorded parts, I then spoke mine where necessary.
Though I never met the female voice-over artist, I think we did our best as parents – and conveyed the right feelings for the film and the brand.