A little background on my journey as a voiceover artist
My name is Anthony Hewson. I’m an English male voiceover artist and voice actor. I record professional voiceovers from my home studio and broadcast-quality recording booth in south Cambridgeshire, 40 minutes from London, and I can readily travel to recording studios in Cambridge or the capital.
Acting has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Back in school I studied for LAMDA exams; sang, acted and gave readings for various productions; and toured mainland Europe with lead roles in Romeo & Juliet and A Man For All Seasons. At uni, I relished playing the monstrous Martin in Brimstone & Treacle. Post-university I turned to my other natural bent: writing. After working in corporate communications and PR, I moved into freelance copywriting, scriptwriting and editing, which I still provide for select clients today.
The acting went away for a time. But people seemed to like my voice. I had embarrassing compliments from total strangers. I gained a non-threatening stalker. A chap I’d never met before said he’d like me to read him bedtime stories. I was asked to record a voice of god award ceremony voiceover and telephone messages for employers. As I read out some ad copy at a client workshop, the group leader declared that I’d have ‘a great voice for radio’. Some wag responded: ‘a great face for radio…’ There was much laughter. There was a red face. Which is ok, if it’s on the radio.
In 2009 I began recording corporate voiceovers – explainer videos, voiceovers for presentations and so on – for creative agency clients of my copywriting business. In 2016 I set up my home recording studio and since then have taken part in voiceover training ranging from commercials and promo to voice acting for video games.
In 2018 I was overjoyed to be shortlisted for two awards at the inaugural One Voice voiceover awards. The honour was utterly unexpected and, I thought, unlikely to be repeated. As luck would have it, I was shortlisted at the 2019 One Voice Awards too, this time as one of six finalists in the best male voiceover for a TV/web commercial.
2021 dished out a bigger surprise: I’m a shortlisted finalist in the best male UK voiceover artist in the demo reel, radio commercial, and web/TV commercial voiceover categories. Until awards night, I’ll be practising my gracious loser face.