Out-sounding! Hackney voices conquer the UK

TWO HACKNEYITES have inserted themselves into our lives without our knowing it. Until now, because they have just triumphed in a national competition.

Louisa Gummer and Piers Gibbon, pictured working in their studio, are voiceover artists (voiceists?). They live and work near Victoria Park and have won the Best Male Voiceover and Best Female Voiceover awards.

The contest is one of few such in the world.

Gibbon has recently been the voice in TV ads for Flora and Nintendo as well as videos for Hackney companies.

Gummer, who is also a member of the amateur choir, the Victoria Park Singers,  told Loving Dalston that things had changed greatly in her profession. “Until about 15 years ago,” she said, “voiceovers used to be divided on rather sexist lines — men for cars, women for cooking, for example. But that is changing [she won for a VW Golf ad], although it might be a while before you hear a woman doing a voiceover for a blockbuster movie.”

Winning the award had been a boost. “The number of jobs has risen,” she said. As she and Gummer say: “Hackney is the centre of the British voiceover world.”

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* To hear the winning work, visit Soundcloud for Gummer and Gibbon.

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