Today we’d like to introduce you to Lin Gallagher.
Lin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in London, England. My childhood was a happy one.
A lover of music, and having just started working in upscale retail Fashion, I was thrilled to accept an invitation by my friends, who managed Eurythmics, to join Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart on their world tour in charge of Wardrobe. We travelled to 34 U.S. cities but I fell in love with Los Angeles and decided to stay.
Several years later I reunited with Dave (who had also moved here) and regularly trained him at his Toluca Lake home in Pilates and Yoga. Our sessions usually included interesting, often crazy conversations and creative idea swapping. ….also a lot of laughter…but it was he who encouraged me to pursue my interest in a career in voice acting. I love language, music, literature, voice…the art of creative communication. (Many voice actors also happen be musicians as it is an asset in VO to have a “good ear”).
I produced a few voice ‘demos” in various genres and started to send them out to boutique VO agencies. I was tenacious -and got signed by one within about 6 months. Learning more and more about the business via digital media and practicing using on-line auditions, I then contacted a video game developer on Twitter and boldly stated that “I would love to drip with evil all over his game”
He asked for demos, my agent details, and an audition. That was 2012, it was Guild Wars 2. And I booked it.
Now 7 years on, I am represented by a prestigious Hollywood Agency, as well as a few more in other States and I am happily doing what I love.
Love the tenacity and courage your story is filled with – reaching out to a video game developer on Twitter and booking a gig isn’t common, but in your case it worked! Maybe it was a lucky break, but it wouldn’t have happened if you hadn’t put yourself out there. Looking back, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being British can be an asset for specialty bookings such as Luxury items, Internal voice recordings, Characters and Animation, but is an obstacle to frequent/regular audition requirements for the American branding market.
With the explosive expansion of digital media and streaming platforms, the VO artist can be affected both positively and negatively…there is more work than ever before -but also more competition.
All artists suffer from “imposter syndrome” to a certain degree, especially at the beginning. With this, as in all of life, I have come to the realization that where possible, an optimistic attitude and choosing positive thoughts over negative ones, is vital.
Tell us more about your work. What else should we know?
I recently voiced a UNICEF PSA that was shown in 20 countries.
If you download the Living Wine app and point your phone at the 19 Crimes chardonnay wine label….I shall talk to you as “Hard Chard Jane” and tell you MY crimes! This was my first facial motion capture booking.
This morning I recorded a commercial for the Italian market and I rehearse tomorrow for a puppet show voice over.
I have been perfecting my Looping/ADR (Automatic Dialogue Recording) skills lately having found that I absolutely love ensemble work! Last weekend I worked in this medium on a Warner Bros backed feature. It was such fun!
Now 7 years a professional, I voice Commercials, Animated characters, Video Games, Corporate/E-Learning, and Group Walla, ADR/Looping
All English dialects, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Australian, Western European, Transatlantic, Generic U.S accents.
Celebrity voice matches include Emma Thompson, Kate Winslett, Cate Blanchet, Saoirse Ronan, Rebel Wilson, Joanna Lumley, Judi Dench, The Royals.
…and I have a Home Studio.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
The life of an artist is not so much about good or bad luck, perhaps, as good spells and dry spells! during dry spells, it can be stressful …This is a good time to work on skills..
Practicing, listening, attending workshops, training, and intensives,” working out” with other voice talents and did I mention practicing ? are all essential to improving my craft and staying current in an ever-changing business. (Robin Armstrong is a coach who has excellent workout groups catering to both Pros. and beginners).
I AM fortunate though, to have an amazing husband, son, friends and family. All of them intuitive and loving, Creatives themselves, and very supportive of me.
It is important to me to stay healthy, and happy. …I love playing music with my husband and friends at weekends. I’m a regular belly dancer…And to stay centered, I practice Yoga. There are many purposes of yoga, but the clearest one is “To reduce Suffering and increase Joy”
Now who doesn’t want that?
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