• Paul Robinson Productions

Voice-over artist - Singer - Compère - Celebrant
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Voice-Over Artist

I’ve done thousands of radio and television voice overs: corporate; close-mic sexy reads; retail; hard sell; lip-syncing to replace the voice on another actor/presenter’s work; a wide array of character voices, accents – and some impersonations, too. Being a trained, experienced professional actor, an award-winning commercial radio presenter, and a trained singer means I’m very well-equipped for voice-over work – not only achieving just the right feel for a read, but also getting the meaning of the writer’s carefully crafted words across to the listener. As well as voice overs for advertising agencies and radio stations, I’ve done many TV promos; all the voices (both straight and character) for New Zealand’s Funniest Home Videos; and for several years I was the God Voice for all of TV1’s news programs.

Working from my home studio here in north-west England, I can link to recording facilities around the world, with broadcast-quality audio – using Source-Connect Standard or Source-Connect Now. That means I can record directly into a studio of your choice; or I can record your tracks in my studio, and send them to you by Dropbox, email, and so on. You can direct me, using Skype; or if you prefer, you can send directions via email. My rates are reasonable and realistic. You can contact me at paulyrobinson@hotmail.com (+44) (0)1768 897 121, 44 (0)7469 957 199, or get in touch with Marion or Mark at Voices Direct. Bookings@VoicesDirect.com.au Phone: +61 404 221 056.

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About Me

Hi, I’m Paul Robinson, and as you can see, I’m not the guy in Neighbours – or the former England goalkeeper. I’m a man of many parts, most of which are still working! All my life I’ve been fascinated by voices, which naturally led to my several careers as a professional performer. I once had a week in which I spent three mornings recording a radio play; six evenings performing in a stage play; five afternoons rehearsing and singing in the next stage play – (it was a musical); a ventriloquist show for a birthday party; a weekend show on a commercial-radio station; and I somehow managed to squeeze in a couple of voice-over sessions in-between. The only thing I didn’t manage to fit into that week was some compèring. If it involves talking or singing, I’m as happy as Larry – and you know what a cheerful feller he is!

I spent a lot of my time in New Zealand, where I met my wife, Veronika, and where my four daughters were born. I’m happy now in the Cumbrian countryside (in the far north of England, if you’re not from these parts), but I sure do miss the New Zealand sunshine. I’m equally at home with my native English RP, and accents from the UK and around the world – which of course includes New Zealand and Australian.

Career

I trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, in London – going on to work as an Actor; Voice-over artist; Singer; Compère; Ventriloquist; Radio presenter; and Voice coach. In England, I acted in repertory, panto and with touring companies. And then in New Zealand: in stage productions in Auckland and Wellington; on television, including a year in the soap A Going Concern; and in over 100 radio plays. During this time I appeared in a lot of commercials, and voiced many radio and TV ads. In my mid-thirties, I became a fulltime radio presenter: one of the highlights was winning a Pater award for best afternoon radio show in the world. Currently, I’m working as a freelance voice-over artist, as a singer, as marriage and funeral celebrant, and as a voice coach.

Services


Voice-Over Artist

I’ve done thousands of radio and television voice overs: corporate; close-mic sexy reads; retail; hard sell; lip-syncing; a wide array of character voices, accents – and some impersonations, too.

Singer

I’ve sung in musicals such as Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, and Pippin.

Wedding and Funeral Celebrant

As an independent celebrant, I’m not restricted by religion, custom, time or place. The ceremonies I write are based on what is important to you.

Ventriloquist

We’ve done a lot of shopping malls, Christmas parties, birthdays, big theatres, outdoor gigs, and a weekly TV variety show, where my cheeky-boy doll, Alfie was a regular judge on the talent quest.

Voice Coach

LOVE THAT VOICE! Putting lots of work into looking good? But are you SOUNDING good? Buff up your voice! Become more confident, successful and attractive.

Compère/Master of Ceremonies

I love hosting shows and events of all descriptions. I have a warm, embracing personality onstage. Compèring gives me a chance to exercise my sense of humour.

Singer

I trained with the eminent teacher Edgar Herbert-Caesari, in London. It was only for six months. Mr C was 89 when I met him, and I think my progress was so painfully glacially slow that I finished him off. I was 20, and although I had a naturally good speaking voice, I found singing much more demanding. Fortunately, his daughter, Alma, was a brilliant teacher, too, and slowly but surely, over the years, I turned my sow’s ear of a singing voice into a more silken purse.

I’ve sung in musicals such as Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, and Pippin.

I’ve sung as a solo performer in theatres; cabarets; clubs; pubs; outdoor events; weddings; care homes; and in commercials.

I have a wide vocal and stylistic range – Country; Pop: Musicals, singing the songs of:


RONAN KEATING
FRANK SINATRA
QUEEN
THE MAVERICKS
ROY ORBISON
NEIL DIAMOND
DEAN MARTIN

ELVIS PRESLEY
JOHNNY CASH
THE KINKS
JIM REEVES
BRYAN ADAMS
CLIFF RICHARD
ROGER MILLER


BUDDY HOLLY
BING CROSBY
CONWAY TWITTY
DEAN MARTIN
THE EVERLY BROTHERS
TOM JONES
GARTH BROOKS
JOHN DENVER

I’m available as a singer for: cabarets; clubs; pubs; wedding ceremonies and/or receptions; funerals; birthday and anniversary parties; galas, openings, shopping malls – heck everything… You pay, and I’ll sing ☺

Wedding and Funeral Celebrant

The celebrant is not the centre of attention in any ceremony. Her job is to link the various elements and themes and lead the witnesses/congregation through the ceremony. Her role is to seamlessly create a sacred space. She uses craft, pace and heart, and is there to ‘hold’ the energy and provide a safe container for what may emerge. This is a role of leadership, but ego needs to be left behind. A good leader leads without people realising they’re following. Her job is to offer structure—like the spine—to the ceremony. It is important that she sets her intention, and that she asks herself “What does this ceremony mean?”
~ Extracted from The Blessingway, by Veronika Sophia Robinson

Words have always been at the centre of my life – both the spoken and the written word. I’ve worked as an actor, writer, broadcaster, master of ceremonies and singer. And as a celebrant, I bring the written and spoken word together for a sacred beginning, and end. In the quote above it says ‘The celebrant is not the centre of attention in any ceremony’. I believe this to be true; and yet the celebrant is the heartbeat of it, subtly bringing all the elements together to do justice to the occasion. As well as the getting feeling of the occasion right, I have a tremendous eye for detail. I’ll leave no stone unturned to achieve the best for you.

As an independent celebrant, I’m not restricted by religion, custom, time or place. The ceremonies I write are based on what is important to you, whether that is religious, spiritual, holistic, humorous, symbolic or other. I’m able to offer you a vast selection of readings and poems to choose from, or you may provide your own.

Not only am I trained in voice and speech, part of my background is as a counsellor, so I’m a very good listener, which enables me to create, with your guidance, a ceremony unique to you that will touch the heart of everyone present.

I’m available to officiate weddings, handfastings, renewal of vows, same-sex unions, namings, funerals, memorials, and peaceful divorce.

Weddings

In England, besides marrying in a church or registry office, there’s another option. As an independent celebrant, I can help you create a wedding that is just right for you, that isn’t bound by the rather narrow constraints of a church or registry office. You can have your ceremony at a place that’s particularly special to you – in or out of doors. It could be in your own garden; on a beach; halfway up a mountain; at a luxury hotel; an orchard; in your own home – wherever you choose. And what I say there would be tailored especially for you and your partner. I’d create, with your guidance, an individual, personalised ceremony which truly reflects your love for each other.

The content of what I say would be exactly what you want to hear, rather than what you’d have to go along with in a church or registry wedding. This can be spiritual, secular, religious – even themed, if that takes your fancy – it’s up to you. And with an independent ceremony there would be no time constraints; you can have the music and readings which touch your hearts; and involve as many friends and family as you want. It’s an opportunity for you and your partner to express your feelings for each other in a profound way. You also have the choice of who to use for flowers, catering and so on, which isn’t always the case with some registered venues. And, again unlike a church and registry office, I offer you a rehearsal close to the day, so that you’re comfortable that everything works and will run smoothly.

That’s how my wife and I were married. It was a beautiful ceremony, which was enhanced by the help we had from our celebrant in shaping the occasion, and the way she ‘held the space’ and touched the hearts of everyone there that day. It was that which inspired me to be a celebrant myself, and I officiated at my first wedding and funeral in the 1990s in Auckland, New Zealand. There’s one difference between that country and England. Until the law changes, to make your marriage legal, you have to make your declaration in a registry office (this can be the brief version) a few days before your independent ceremony. As far as your guests are concerned, your ceremony is your wedding.

There are many things which can contribute to a memorable wedding day – flowers, photography, perhaps a video, what you wear, makeup, the reception. But the single and most important thing that you and everyone present will treasure and remember is a heartfelt ceremony which reflects the love between the bride and groom.

Funerals

As an independent celebrant, I provide you with a dignified alternative to a Christian minister. I offer an occasion which is all about the departed loved one – their life, who they were, and what was dear and important to them. I place you and your loved one at the heart of a ceremony which reflects their beliefs and honours their memory.

With your direction, I can create the service which your loved one deserves. I would advise you on readings; music; hymns and prayers, if you choose to include them. There would always be solemnity, but the tone of the celebration is your choice. For example, for some people, a certain amount of levity and humour is appropriate; for others, a theme which reflects the life of the loved one might be the preference. Some ceremonies have a deeply spiritual aspect, whereas others are secular in nature.

If you’d like to make a no-obligation enquiry to check on my availability, please get in touch, with your details, such as ceremony date, location, venue and if you have a particular theme in mind.

Please note: Ceremonies 50 miles or more from Penrith will be liable to a travel fee of 45p per mile (after the first fifty miles).

Ventriloquist

I’ve has been entertaining children and adults for a very long time – but only one of us has aged!

We’ve done a lot of shopping malls, Christmas parties, birthdays, big theatres, outdoor gigs, and a weekly TV variety show, where my cheeky-boy doll, Alfie was a regular judge on the talent quest. That was ventriloquism with a difference – the director didn’t want me to speak at all: just Alfie. Normally the ventriloquist is the straight man/woman in the duo, setting up the jokes and leaving the punch line to the doll. But on that show, Alfie was on his own… which was an interesting experience for me, to say the least.

Alfie is particularly interested in doing any sort of show for children. I just do as I’m told, so if you want to book him, I’ll just tag along, too.

 

Voice Coach

LOVE THAT VOICE!

Putting lots of work into looking good?

But are you SOUNDING good?

Buff up your voice!
Become more confident, successful and attractive

Make an impact in job and uni interviews, in romance (and bromance). And if you work in a job where you use your voice a lot, you can learn how to give it more stamina and a better sound

And you don’t have to sound posh (although you can if you want)

A good voice is music to the ear; and everyone can sound better with the help of a good voice coach. Almost all my working life has been centred around my voice

ACTOR, BROADCASTER, VOICE-OVER ARTIST, COMPERE, SINGER, VENTRILOQUIST, TEACHER and CELEBRANT

Trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, and with the eminent singing teacher, Edgar Herbert-Caesari, in London. I can help you to be as easy on the ear as you’d like to be on the eye – your place or mine, or Skype if that suits you better

Compère/Master of Ceremonies

I love hosting shows and events of all descriptions. I have a warm, embracing personality onstage. Compèring gives me a chance to exercise my sense of humour. One of the little joys in my life is that I can still make my daughters laugh – the younger ones are aged 20 and 18 – which means my funny bone is still intact. I’ve compèred music shows, variety concerts, school functions; and it was when I hosted a big charity event that I endured my second-most embarrassing experience ever (I couldn’t possibly share my most embarrassing one here – maybe another time!).

It was a fundraising event that was to take place at the theatre at which I was working. I arranged for the stage manager to make sure the stage door would be unlocked at a certain time. He forgot. The main entrance was locked, too. So, to save time, I decided I’d have a ‘dry’ shave in the dark alleyway next to the stage door. The idea was I’d finish my shave once in the dressing room. But because of being locked out of the building, and the pressure of time, I had to get changed into my evening suit (which I had with me) out in the alleyway, too. The next time I saw a mirror was after the show. I’d hobnobbed with celebrities and dignitaries before and after it. When I did look in a mirror, I saw a very badly shaven face, covered in blood which had run from the many cuts I’d inflicted in the dark. I can laugh about it now…

Testimonials

“I have worked with Paul for a number of years at Radio i98FM, in Auckland, New Zealand. Of all the announcers and professional voice artists that I have had the pleasure of working with, Paul is by far the best. His versatile voice and range make him first choice for most production work, particularly when a particular style of read, or character voice is required. Paul is just as good at straight voice-over work. He has a natural ability to infer the sense and meaning of the words, rather than just to ‘read’ them. Not only is he a great talent, but he is a gentleman and a truly nice guy. A lot of fun to work with! I cannot recommend Paul highly enough for any recording/voice-over work.”
Brian Falkner (Creative Head)

“I’ve employed Paul many times to voice commercials for BBC World Service New Zealand. Paul’s voice quality and tone are simply superb. His interpretation of scripts and the resulting delivery have always been spot on. All voices are unique – however Paul is blessed with both talent and a wonderful resonance – an asset, I feel, to any brand.”
Deborah Stanaway (BBC World Service)

“I started booking Paul when I was too young to know any better. Which did my prospects for promotion no harm at all, as back at the Agency I was given the credit for his ideas and suggestions. What I liked most about working with Paul was that when I thought, he’d delivered ‘the take’, I’d say “I’ll play that one back to you.” He’d listen, a study of concentration, and reply, “Do you mind if I do one more?” The next read was invariably magic. So if your script could use a little of that, best see what Mr Robinson can conjure up for you.”
Andrew Sadlier (Creative Director of JWT)

“As a TV/radio commercials producer in New Zealand – both noted metropolitan commercial radio station and major advertising agency, it has been my pleasure to have worked with Paul Robinson over a number of years when he voiced countless commercials for me. Paul is a consummate voice artist: talented, versatile and thoroughly professional, not only for straight reads but also able to adopt a bewildering number of character voices thanks to his professional acting talents. Studio costs were kept to a minimum as, invariably, Paul did it in one take – despite my somewhat pedantic quest for a ‘perfect’ read to my satisfaction. Not only that, but Paul is a most talented actor and entertainer.”
Max Radcliffe (Advertising Creative Director)

“Paul Robinson has one of those voices that can always adapt to and enhance any project. Versatile, warm and inventive. Gravitas when you need it, a wide range of accents and comedy voices, and he can sing too! Highly recommended.”
Dezley Scott-Davidson (Senior writer, MediaWorks Radio New Zealand)

“I worked extensively with Paul Robinson over an eight-year period while he was living in New Zealand. His versatility as a voice is a real asset – hard sell, soft sell, and he’s really good at accents too! If it’s characters you’re after, Paul has delivered some great performances for me and my clients. His own accent is neutral, adding to his utility. He’s gifted with a smooth straight-read voice that I have used extensively for products and services targeted predominately at women. While his stronger more forceful reads have worked well for a male audience. His rich deep baritone voice really hits the mark. Paul is gifted with an acute sense of timing and control of his delivery that gives his work stand-out appeal.

Paul is a true professional – always on time, incredibly patient, and works hard to get the read and delivery his producer needs. He is just a brilliant guy to work with, a huge talent.

John Bredican (Creative writer and director)

“I was the Sound Director at VIDCOM NZ, and am now running my own company. Paul has been a regular voice artist that I’ve cast in many TV commercials. He offers a great range of delivery styles and tones, is easily directed (and he offers, when appropriate, input regarding scripting and timing to improve what we do). Working with him is a delight! He’s reliable, and he always makes himself available if a short-notice booking occurs. His departure to the UK is a great loss to my palette of skilled people. I highly recommend him.”
Mike Westgate (Sound director)

“We use Paul’s excellent voice over for our podcast channel. He delivers exactly what we need ahead of time – and his voice is wonderful. Totally professional, 100% reliable and awesome to work with. Thank you Paul!!”
Rob Plevin (Director – The Life Raft)

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Awards 

Pater radio award (World’s Best Afternoon Show); Masefield Poetry-Speaking Prize (Rose Bruford College); Golden-Twig Award for overacting at the Mercury Theatre; Cycling Proficiency (99%!); 25-yards Breaststroke

Regrets

I’ve had a few, but then again…Here’s one! It was a Thursday evening. I was watching an episode of The Muppet Show. There was a Viking longboat full of…Vikings. As they rowed through the North Sea, they were singing their hearts out to ‘In the Navy’. I wanted to phone Jim Henson there and then to suggest that they could have called the longboat The Pillage People – but strangely enough I didn’t have his number.



Contact me

Cumbria, UK

01768 897 121

07469 957 199