Dan Pye – The Lost Voiceover Guy – Consett Magazine

I’m Dan Pye, voiceover artist and science presenter living in Castleside. I’ve worked on a wide range of video game projects, radio and TV commercials, corporate videos, in-store announcements, animations, phone messages and other interesting and out-of-the-box projects. ordinary.

I’m mostly reserved for my friendly, warm, character-filled performance with a Geordie accent. Most notably I’ve worked as a continuity announcer on Channel 4 (he’s one of the people who talks between programmes) and as a Geordie accent for Consett-born comedian and Britains Got Talent winner, Lost Voice Guy .

Besides voice work, I am also the Director of Astronomy at Kielder Observatory in Northumberland. A career that goes hand in hand with voiceover, although quite contrasting.

I originally wanted to take this career path when I was in school. I was really interested in the continuity, that voice that spoke to you from the TV, guided you through the content and felt like they were watching with you. I’ve always been incredibly inspired by animation. Like The Simpsons, Looney Tunes, etc. I wondered what the careers of the people who brought the characters to life were. In my naivety, I didn’t know that was a viable career option.

In college I studied television and film production, which some often equate to a cop doing any job, however, for me, I wanted to use it as a vehicle to get a spot in this industry. During my student years, I became heavily involved in a local community radio project and, at the age of 18, joined the board of directors representing young people on the team. One day, while taking a short break from station activities, I picked up a newspaper from the store across the street when I was stopped by the Metro Radio promotional car. Kenny, who drove the car and did a lot of promotions among other things with Metro, asked me if I would run across the Tyne Bridge in my underwear for a PR stunt.

Well mid-September weather and rush hour traffic, crossing a bridge connecting 2 of the largest cities in the Northeast, how could I refuse, so I stripped down on my Bart Simpson “Y” Fronts and I left. Following this, the station kindly paid me to visit London at the weekend and take part in a project with Universal Studio. This was a commercial production for the new series of a TV show called Andromeda. I was onscreen and used as voice-only throughout the final production of the commercial, which was technically, I guess you could say, my first voiceover.

After college, I fell into retail for a bit, until I finally found my way into a full-time career in local radio. Joining a radio station in Darlington, the director and creative head at the time sat me down for a meeting to inform me that I would not be suitable for voiceover work as I was too nasal and would have to concentrate my efforts on the job I was paid to do. This hurt, really hurt, coming from two big people like this and just becoming a new dad, I took that to heart and gave up on that career path.

A few years passed and I realized it was time to quit radio and start my own business, a cafe that celebrated my hobbies, science fiction, comics and video games. After a year of running the aptly named Dark Matter Cafe, in Durham, I realized it would be a great project to publicize the cafe by hosting events similar to the comedy conventions you see in the US. A few months later, we held a sold-out 1200-person event at the Gala Theater in Durham. Over the next few years we held similar events across the region, and the café continued to grow, until the works in Durham city center began to affect commerce. In 2015, after a sold out event again at the Gala Theatre, we decided to part ways with Durham and move the event to a larger venue, the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

This time we held the event over 2 days and brought in some great guests. The event was difficult, there were mistakes made which, on reflection, could have been avoided, but it was too late, financially the event was a disaster. The event itself was great, but the stress around it really hurt the business and me.

One of the guests present was a certain Charles Martinet. He has provided the voice of Super Mario and other franchise characters for over 30 years. He questioned my passions, my dreams, and my career goals, and I told him so openly and honestly. He then asked me why I quit, just because two people said I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t really give a convincing answer that wasn’t riddled with excuses. So after a moment of inspiration and a good chat with Charles, I went to buy a microphone, reconnected with producers I knew from working in radio, started training and learning the industry, and I resumed the career path that I otherwise would have left years before.

I think the best moments were some key castings. Getting to be a television continuity announcer for Channel 4 was amazing. I was doing work that fascinated me so much when I was younger, finally seeing the other side of production and being part of this incredible engine that brings entertainment and pleasure to so many people. A little later, it was my first video game casting. Following Charles’s inspiration, I really wanted to work on a video game that would allow me to explore character creation and development, and with EA Games’ Lost in Random, that’s exactly what I did. . The next would be when I was cast as the voice of Lost Voice Guy. It was such a mixed moment. I was afraid it was my voice, my instrument that I was passing on to someone else, but what an incredible honor it was to be asked by another human to be their medium. How could I refuse! I am so happy to work with such an amazing, creative and inspiring talent as Lee. Finally, most recently won an award for voice work. An accolade from your peers to recognize your ability to do a good job, is there anything more satisfying?

I would say, be tenacious, be ambitious, but learn the trade. It’s a business ultimately, you need the tools and the experience to get the job done. It’s like any skilled job, you can’t expect to come up with no prior knowledge to build a house with just a few cheap tools from a department store. You really need to invest time and finances to make sure your tools are fit for purpose. From the microphone to the environment. You have to respect the way the industry operates and the rates and make meaningful connections with the people who work there, and only then can you begin the journey.

Who knows, all I can say is that the next step is an “unknown” load in another thrilling episode in the life of Pye, viewer discretion is required as the following program may contain language loud and scenes of who knows throughout.