The Thing About an English Accent

Emma in the booth

If we haven’t met, you probably don’t know that I have an English accent. More accurately, I should say I have a hybrid English-American accent. I was born in the outskirts of London, then moved between the UK, Europe and the US for most of my childhood. After college in New York, I settled in the Bay Area back in the ‘90’s for an intended three months before heading back to London. 25+ years later, I’m still here with a very American husband and kids in tow.

As I started on my professional career in high tech, my not-quite-one-thing-or-another accent has occasionally been the topic of conversation with coworkers, customers and partners. Remarks range from “you don’t sound like you’re from around here” to “there’s just this thing about an English accent.” I found myself at conferences giving talks on Marketing or the industry or innovative technologies and being asked by attendees, “great content, but what I really want to know is, where are you from?” The most memorable interrogation was at a conference in Orlando. After my panel, I was approached by a gruff fellow asking, “where you from – Ohio?” Never heard that one again, although I am sometimes asked about Boston or South Africa.

Over the years I’ve also been told, “you should do voice-overs!” I would just nod and smile, having no idea what that meant or entailed. Until last year. I decided, thanks to the prodding of some people close to me, to kick off a voice-over line of business as a little surprise extra within the Transeo Partners offering of services. And it is awesome – so much fun. After being trained, recorded and produced, I now have a mini-professional recording studio and all the gear to go with. I’m specifically pursuing work in corporate recordings, trainings, video voice-overs and audio books. Then there’s my I-dream-of-Hawaii narration demo here, just in case the Hawaiian Tourist Board is reading.

So whether you’re looking for help with business strategy and operations, or if you need a different-mostly-but-not-entirely English accent to brighten up your recordings and stand out from the crowds, let us know. We’ve got you covered either way.

– Emma

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