Morning Person: Victoria Threadgould
Victoria Threadgould (@victoria.threadgould) is a British English Voice Actor and 11x CreativeMornings/Austin attendee!
What is your first and/or most meaningful CreativeMornings experience?
One of my favorite talks was given by fellow runner and talented tattoo artist, Megan Emery Cates (@meganbijou), who spoke on ink. Hearing how Megan collaborates with her clients to create unique pieces of art, which people wear everyday, was really insightful. Prior to hearing her talk, I never fully appreciated how personal stories and feelings could be expressed through tattooing. Megan also recounted some hilarious memories from her early days working on Dirty 6th Street! I now look at everyone’s tattoos with intrigue and I’m always tempted to ask about the meaning behind the ink!
Describe the work that you do and the impact you’re trying to make.
I record voiceovers and narration - with an authentic British English accent (no faking, trying to sound like the Queen!). I communicate information and messages to different audiences; anything from a telephone voice greeting, to museum exhibitions audio guides. I love the non-commercial work as it’s so varied, and random - a magical elf for video games, or explaining the different between DVDs and Blu-ray. With voiceover commercials, my aim is to not to sell a product or service (no one likes the hard-sell), but to sound like I’m talking to my best friend. Using my voice and having fun while being part of the creative process is very rewarding.
What’s your daily routine, and how does that connect to your creative work? Wake up early, run or swim, teach Pilates. Then work on a variety of VO projects, recording at home or going to a local studio. Food and drink connects to my creative work as I’m always thinking about it; avoiding anything that increases acid (spicy foods, fats, meat), causes excessive mucous (dairy, bananas), or dries the voice (caffeine, alcohol). Drinking plenty of room temp. water and eating high-water-content fruit and vegetables for hydration and energy.
How do you recharge after a long week? Sleep! I sleep for at least 8 hours every night as I believe that’s the key to keeping me fit and in good health. When I’m exhausted or stressed, my voice starts to strain and lacks energy.
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