Nailing Your Live Directed Session with Toby Ricketts


    Thanks to technology, connecting with clients for a live directed session has never been easier—even when you’re located halfway across the globe from one another. Near, far, or wherever you are, a directed session’s success relies on how prepared you are to juggle various technologies while following remote recording etiquette.

    That’s why Stephanie was over the moon to chat with world-renowned voice actor and vocal coach Toby Ricketts from his home studio in New Zealand. In this episode, Toby Ricketts covers a range of topics that anyone working in the biz today ought to know: from what to expect during a directed session, to the best online tools for connecting remotely. Toby also leads Stephanie through performing with a non-regional, or ‘global’ accent. Listen to this episode for insight into the best practices for wowing your client and delivering a great live directed session. 

    About Toby Ricketts 

    In the last 20+ years of his career, multi-award-winning voiceover 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 4 different accents and voiceover 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 Voiceover at international conferences, Toby has been nominated for 3 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. He currently records from a small shack in the remote New Zealand jungle.

    Hosts: Stephanie Ciccarelli, with special guest Toby Ricketts. 


    Inspired? Get your practice on with our voice over sample scripts.

    Read all about the technology for connecting remotely in this comprehensive blog post that covers ISDN, Source-Connect, ipDTL, and Other Technology for Recording Remote VO Sessions.

    Connect with Toby Ricketts on his website and his YouTube channel, and hear his voice on 

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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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