Voiceover Man: The Extraordinary Story Of A Professional Voice Actor

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PRE-ORDER PETER DICKSON’S BIOGRAPHY – RELEASED SEPTEMBER 24TH

 

“A wonderful read. Peter’s wit and heart are as big as his voice.”

Dermot O’Leary – TV Presenter.

 

Not only one of the most recognised and loved voices in the English-speaking world, but a sublime wit, a thoughtful contemplator of humanity and, above all, a total gent.”

Alexander Armstrong – TV presenter, comedian and singer.

 

 “The showbiz stories Peter has shared with me over a glass of Chateauneuf-du-Pape are extraordinary. Unfortunately, none of them are here for legal reasons but it’s still a thrilling read!”

Joe Lycett – Comedian and broadcaster

 

“If anyone has the X Factor, it’s Peter Dickson. ‘Voiceover Man’ is not only a wonderful read but is your private invitation sit back and share a virtual pint with one of the world’s great story tellers.”

Joe Cipriano – Voice of ‘America’s Got Talent’, The Annual ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ and voice of NBC, ABC and Fox Television, USA.

 

“Peter’s story presents an amazing insight into so many connected but different worlds – simply fascinating.” 

Marcus Bentley – Voice of ‘Big Brother’ – Channel 4.

 

“Proof that being a voiceover requires real talent. Peter’s years of experience as the most recognisable voice in Britain, come with some of the best showbiz stories I’ve ever heard!”

Scott Mills – BBC Radio 1 DJ 

 

“A cleverly written, wry observation that gently lifts the lid on the world of voiceover, where folk shout about everything and nothing, in dark claustrophobic rooms, without any air-conditioning. It’s quite brilliant.”

Alan Dedicoat – Voice of the UK Lottery, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

 

Peter Dickson is the gold standard of British voice actors, a legend of the industry. His book offers the accumulated insights, good humour, and brilliant wit that have propelled Peter to the top of the business.”

J.Michael Collins – Voice actor, voice coach & demo producer.

 

“Voiceover Man’ is a glorious romp through the world of voiceover from one of the best. It’s a laugh a minute. I loved It.”

Lewis MacLeod – Voice actor and mimic.

 

“Peter takes you behind the scenes of iconic shows and studios to meet equally iconic characters. It’s a rib-tickling page-turner by one of the funniest, most generous and accomplished men in voiceover. Just buy it, for Pete’s sake!”

Paul Strikwerda – Voice actor and author.

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Introduction

 

Unlike, Kleenex or Clorox, Peter Dickson is not a household name so while he may not be very effective at or indeed remotely interested in cleaning under your rim or around your U-Bend, his voice is heard in every household in the United Kingdom and beyond; every hour of every day, of every year. From selflessly lending his vocal talent to: radio and TV commercials, video games, documentaries, radio programmes, interactive telephone systems, corporate audio and video productions, game shows and family friendly TV broadcast entertainment behemoths, he is quite literally all over the ruddy place!

VOICEOVER MAN’, is a fascinating insight into the life of one of the world’s most prolific voiceover artists. From barking like a dog on pet food commercials and shouting about pizzas and furniture to his universally recognised work on the world’s biggest talent shows – ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, to yelling “Come On Down!” as Bruce Forsyth’s sidekick on ‘The Price Is Right’ on TV in the UK and putting the ‘spring’, into Jerry Springer – to the whacky world of ‘Mr Mad’ ‘Voiceover Man,’ and other characters on BBC Radio 1, he recounts the highs and lows of his deeply unconventional career.

This is a book which will appeal to anyone, who has ever wondered what actually goes on behind the scenes on TV and radio. It’s a frank and very personal account of a life lived in the media. Not in the full glare of the spotlight on the shiny floor in front of the camera, but in the dark spaces the public never get to see; the voice booths, control rooms, offices, dressing rooms and dimly lit corridors backstage. If you liked; ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ ‘W1A’, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Toast of London’ – you’ll love this!

Peter Dickson has been a professional voiceover artist for forty-five years. He has worked in all sectors of the entertainment industry and alongside many of its biggest stars. He has been: the voice of over 200 TV series – many of them multi award winning, the promo voice for over 60 TV channels, he has acted on over 30 of the world’s top selling AAA game titles and has voiced over 30,000 TV and radio commercials. He founded and co-owns GravyfortheBrain.com – the world’s biggest online voiceover training school and mentoring resource for established and aspiring voice talent, founded and co-owns ReAttendance.com – the global virtual events platform, he has an honours degree in psychology, is a member of British Actors EQUITY and the Chartered Institute of Journalists and is understandably, ever so slightly knackered.

 

Preface

I have wanted to write the story of my professional life for quite some time but kept putting it off. I was just too busy. Friends and colleagues however, urged me to write it and so over a period of about four years, I completed what you now hold in your hand. An account of the amazing career I’ve enjoyed, in the incredibly niche world of voice acting.

It’s a love story in many respects, because it’s a career I adore and one that has afforded me so many wonderful opportunities, many of which are chronicled in the book you now hold.

Writing this book has also given me the chance to recognise the help and encouragement I have received on my journey, from those who went before me and I hope it will act as a guiding light for those who come behind.

So, this book is dedicated to the one million professional voice actors in the world today, who sit in small airless rooms day in, day out, reading aloud the carefully crafted words of others. Their names and faces you will never recognise or indeed know – but their familiar, comforting voices will continue to inform, entertain and move you throughout your whole life.