How to Spot (and Do) Authentic Australian Accents with Toby Ricketts


    Australian accents are captivating, yet challenging. Many North American actors think they can do an Aussie accent, but often miss the mark. What does it take to do it right? Special guest Toby Ricketts, a New Zealand-based voice actor and voice over coach, has mastered various Australian accents and knows how to spot the real McCoy. Can you? Learn how to spot telltale signs of an authentic Australian accent as Toby, Stephanie and Julianna talk accents, dialects and so much more in this episode of Mission Audition.

    Hosts: Stephanie Ciccarelli, Julianna Jones, with special guest, multi-award-winning Voice Over Artist, Toby Ricketts,

    About Toby Ricketts
    In the last 20+ years of his career, multi-award-winning voice over artist, Toby Ricketts, has managed to create a global client base of big-name brands and loyal customers.

    From his roots working on Pirate Radio in the UK in the early 90’s, through to the New Zealand Broadcasting School in the 2000s, Toby has gone from strength to strength, mastering four different accents and voice over technique to lend his voice to brands from across the globe.

    Just a few of his impressive clients include Facebook, Netflix, Samsung, BMW, Audi, Spotify and Google – to name but a few. As well as lecturing on Voice over at international conferences, Toby has been nominated for two SOVAS awards, and at the One Voice Awards held in London, he won 7 awards, including Male Voiceover of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

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    Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


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