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How To Master Voice Accents

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 13, 2014

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Did you know that you can grow your market potential by altering your voice accent? Toby Ricketts, a British-born voice-over talent who moved to New Zealand at age 14, managed to re-wire his brain in two weeks to adopt the Kiwi accent. In this podcast, Toby gives you a formula for how to tackle an accent and demonstrates the differences between accents such as New Zealand, Australian and British. Mastering an accent is vital before you go auditioning for projects requiring it, and according to Toby, the key skill to mastering an accent is listening. Start by listening to this episode of Voice Over Experts!

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Links from today's show:

Toby Ricketts
Toby Ricketts on Voices.com
The New Zealand Voice Academy

Your Instructor This Week:

Toby Ricketts, New Zealand voice artistOriginally from the UK, Voice artist Toby Ricketts currently resides in New Zealand and has over 24 years combined experience in the UK and New Zealand in voice work and voiceover recording.

Having been a sound engineer for most of his professional life he has been in thousands of voice over sessions and consequently knows exactly what works and what does not work when it comes to voicing.

Toby started voicing in a truly professional manner in 2001 and since then has recorded hundreds of scripts internationally, and been the voice of several multi-national and international brands.

Toby holds a Bachelors degree in Broadcasting Communications from the New Zealand Broadcasting School.

Cool Toby Facts

  • Qualified sound engineer with over 14 years experience
  • Several national radio awards and film awards
  • Designed and tutored a unique voice school - which helps aspiring voices into the industry - the only one of it's kind in the world.
Related Topics: accents, auditioning, Australian accent, British accent, listening, New Zealand accent, Toby Ricketts


    Great podcast! Can't wait for the Voice Academy tomorrow with Toby!

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    • Emma
    • August 15, 2014 12:47 AM

      Thanks for sharing, Toby! You sure have a good voice and clear accent.

      I'm still struggling with my own native Middle-Eastern accent, but I'm already hearing great improvements, just by doing what you said. Practice, practice, practice. Especially, voice chatting on TinyChat with Americans... to steal their accent. :-D Or, at least, the parts that I like.


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