Friday 12th April

Voiceover Pow-Wow

Friday 12th April – 6pm-9pm

Join us for an entertaining evening with a pow-wow about voiceovers.

Tips. Techniques. Talk about Talk!

Voiceover artists John Callen, Katherine Kennard, Sarah McLeod and Toby Ricketts and lead a lively discussion and Q&A on voiceovers, studio etiquette, demos, voice styles and trends.
Bring your questions and/or email them to

Friday 12th April
Doors 6pm – Voiceover Panel starts 6:30pm

Samoa House Studio, Samoa House Lane, 20 Beresford Street, Auckland

Tickets on sale now – $10
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Pow-wow Panelists

John Callen

Voice Artist / Actor / Director / Writer

John has worked for more than 45 years as a professional actor, director and writer in theatre, radio, film and television. He has been awarded best actor and best supporting actor. Performing or directing more than 100 stage productions and two dozen television series and has appeared in a number of films including all three of The Hobbit movies. He recently starred as Leonato in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at Auckland’s Pop-Up Globe and last year wrapped shooting on a New Zealand/Denmark co-production for TV playing an Italian-bar owner in an exciting crime drama. John has narrated more than 150 documentaries internationally as well as audio books and many commercials. His directing credits include Shortland Street, The Tribe, Taonga and the story of World War II hero Sir Keith Park, The Kiwi Who Saved Britain. John is also a founding board member of The Actors’ Program and an Equity member and teaches at The Actors’ Program and has also taught at Toi Whakaari and Unitec. He is very enthusiastic about working with young people and is in constant demand for voice work of all kinds.

Agents – Word of Mouth and Gail Cowan Management

Katherine Kennard

Actor / Voice Artist / Accent & Dialect Coach

British born Katherine is an award winning actress who has been in the Film, Television, and Theatre industry for over 20 years. She is the owner of ‘Accent Solutions’ offering Standard English accent coaching to English Second Language speakers. She also works with actors helping them with auditions and was dialect coach on the recent ‘Roman Empire’. As a voice over artist she has been working successfully in the International market and has recently been nominated for the One Voice awards.

Agents – Big Mouth Voices and Johnson and Laird

Natalie Beran

Actor / Voice Artist / Radio / Producer

Natalie Beran has a radio career spanning over 15 years and has worked as a radio announcer/producer, voice over artist for film and TV and actress in New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and the USA.

She has a vast range of experience in radio and television commercial voiceovers, corporate & IVR reads, narration, radio drama, audiobooks, e-learning, gaming and cartoon animation voices. She holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies (Radio) from AUT and is also a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA New York) and is a SOVAS Voice Arts nominee.

Agent – Word of Mouth

Sarah McLeod

Actor / Voice Artist / Voice Agent

Sarah McLeod is a voice agent/agency owner of Big Mouth Voices and has extensive experience working in the film and television industry for over twenty years as an actress, voice over artist, teacher and producer, including playing Rosie Cotton in the world famous Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

In 2011 Sarah took the helm of Bigmouth Voices.  With a team of innovators Sarah has taken Bigmouth Voices into a new era expanding the agency beyond New Zealand and turning it into a global brand.

Sarah prides herself in working closely with voices and clients to ensure everyone is getting the best possible experience!

Big Mouth Voices

Toby Ricketts

Voice Artist / Sound Engineer

Toby delivers voice over in British, New Zealand, Australian and Standard American, plus hybrid accents, which combine different elements of each. Based in rural Northland, working from a small self-built cedar cabin studio in the forest, Toby is an expert in sound with training and a history in sound engineering and audio post-production. He’s been nominated for 2 x SOVAS awards, and was winner of ‘Male Voice Artist of the Year’ at the One Voice Awards 2018 & three other awards, and is nominated again in six categories for 2019. Toby’s recent clients include: Facebook, Microsoft, The United Nations, Google, Samsung, Netflix, WalMart, BMW, Uber, Audi, National Geographic, UEFA, FedEx, Philips and more!

The New Zealand Voice Academy

Agent – Big Mouth Voices

Workshops Coming Soon!

International Audio Education

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