I am taking my voice to a recording studio near Susukino and recording two short sample speeches.
A Sapporo company is recruiting foreign language narrators for CM, TV and film work...and I am hoping their customers might like a British voice.
I have to do two samples: one a straight text - such as a newspaper or book, and the other a catch copy sales-type text.
I thought about reading the opening scene of the Harry Potter book...which is very English. But now I have decided to do a news story and a (fake) product sales description.
I hope it goes well, and I get more work in future.
A first got into narration work about 10 years ago in Sapporo, when I worked for a company that did translation services. Some of the customers were local government departments and tourist organisations.
I have narrated videos about snow clearing, dam building and sightseeing; and then I did announcements on a Chuo bus and then some JR trains; and then hotels and hot springs...and then food companies....and of course the Pera Pera Hokkaido book and CD.
Currently you can hear my voice on JR Hokkaido - the summer train services in Furano and Biei, and in winter near Kushiro.
People say my voice is clear, and easy to understand. I can read text fast and (almost!) accurately - so I hope I do a good job.
When I was a child and young woman I had a complex about my voice: I thought it was too middle-class, and that people judged me as a snob.
But, ironically, now in Japan - that southern-England, middle-class voice is useful to me because I can work as a narrator.
Crossed-fingers for today ;-)