Voice Into Learnings is ready to produce a wide variety of voice applications for your company. Kymberly Dakin (Principal) is a nationally accredited, highly trained, AUDIE award-winning female voice talent specializing in warm and personable corporate announcer reads.
If you are looking for a female voice talent who can deliver corporate authority while still retaining personality – Kym is the female voice talent for you. Hers is the perfect tone for Travel, Business, Real Estate, and Health/Medical products and services. Contact Kym today for the female corporate announcer voice you’ve been looking for!
Voice Into Learning has the talent and state-of-the-art technical tools to create highly effective recordings that inform, engage and inspire exactly the way you need them to. Award-winning voice talent, fast turnaround times and competitive pricing!
Audiobooks and Reviews (see below)
Commercial Campaigns, New England Regional market
GMC Truck: 10 year New England exclusive contract
Home Smart: Breakpoint Productions
Dental Implants of Boston: Breakpoint Productions
Waterwerks Communications (St. Johns, New Brunswick)
Demi Cooper Advertising (Chicago, IL): Pulte Real Estate
Trainings and Promotions
CIEE International Student Exchange – Training program – Produced by Kelsey+Co.
Maine Department of Health narration – Web training on ER procedures for Mental Health patients – produced by Margaret Kelsey of Kelsey & Co.
Caccoon Web browser narration
Home Buyers Partnership
Vocal Coaching with Kym Dakin
What you need to get your voice career launched & on task, at a time & place that work for you. “Voice 2 Voice” or “Face 2 Face”! Introductory rate: $100/hour with an 8 session commitment. Whether you are looking to increase your marketability as a VO artist, get into audiobooks, hone your technique, erect a simple home studio, or start auditioning online for the exploding VO industry, we start where you are, identify the right goals for you, & make sure you get there! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
What Clients have to say…
“Kym is a terrific voice coach. I came to her as a novice and she was extremely helpful and supportive. She has a great deal of experience in this field and a very successful current career. Because of this, her skills are current and she has a wealth of suggestions and guidance to provide. Kym is also a positive dynamic person, which made the lessons interesting and fun. Her style is very practical and hands on. I strongly recommend her to anyone interested in learning about voice work!”
“Kym has helped me extensively to get back in the voice business, and has prove to be invaluable with her depth of knowledge in the VO market and the creative process!”
“I contacted Kym for help with my breathing habits. In just a few short sessions, she taught me to recognize when I was breathing incorrectly and provided me with the tools to fix my habits and improve my breathing. Her methods are kind, extremely effective and draw on knowledge from multiple disciplines. I now have more energy and less anxiety. I recommend Kym to anyone who wants to breathe easier.”
*For an excellent resource on Breathing & Breath control (vital to vocal technique), check out Kelli Gardener’s exciting new e-book:
Audio Directing for the Industry Professional: Getting the most from your Audio Talent
“Kym has years of experience and knowledge that she has been so generous to share with us. Her creativity and expert tips have helped us overhaul our way of casting and directing VO talents. We’re so excited to apply the skills we have learned from Kym to our future projects. I highly recommend Kym to anyone in the creative field who could benefit from learning about directing voice actors, or even to those who just need a helping hand to start thinking outside of the box in general.”
Topics we cover:
- Do you know what to listen for in an audition?
- How do you tune into a voice actor’s authenticity -which can make or break your project?
- What are the 5 most important questions to ask prospective voice talent?
- What is the “story” in this voice and how does it connect to the “story” in your campaign?
- How to get clear about the voice that will really work for your client, how to describe those requirements in language actors respond to.
- How to give effective feedback and “direct” actors online or in person.
- How to identify voices that will appeal to both emotion and logic within the copy, that will both grab the listener’s attention and convey a strong sense of what comes next.
Front Load Your Copy: Who-What-Where-When & Why?
- The more specifically you know the answers to these questions in the story you tell with the copy – the easier it will be to cast & direct the voice.
- What are the top 5 attributes you look for in Voice Talent?
- Build working relationships with talent you really want to work with again
- Expanding your casting network in the right places so that you maximize your chances of getting exactly the right voice and the right results every time.
“Kym is a great voice talent & teacher! She is very professional in her approach and extremely talented. Kym makes the copy flow very naturally, even the first time she has seen it, and she helps others reach a similar skill level.” Michael McInnis, M. McInnis Productions
Voice Narration Specialist
Voice Into Learning, LLC is ready to produce a wide variety of voice applications for your company. Kymberly Dakin (Principal) is a nationally accredited, highly trained, AUDIE award-winning female voice talent specializing in reads with warmth, personality and authority. Hers is the perfect tone for Travel, Business, Real Estate, and Health/Medical products and services. Contact Kym today for the female announcer voice you’ve been looking for!
Voice Into Learning, LLC has the talent and state-of-the-art technical tools to create highly effective recordings that inform, engage and inspire exactly the way you need them to. Award-winning voice talent, fast turnaround times and competitive pricing!
Home Studio Specs: Mac OSX 10.6.6, Software: ProTools 10.2.0 MBoxMini, Microphone: Rode NT1 Cardioid Condenser Portfolio
Trainings and Promotions
Sample Clients: CIEE International Student Exchange, Maine Department of Health, Redbird Productions, Caccoon Web Services
Home Buyers Partnership, Maine Center for Creativity
As a provider of e-learning solutions, when I needed to find audio talent to narrate a script for a project with the Department of Health and Human Services, one person came to mind: Kym Dakin! Having heard about her work and been exposed to how she conducts business through some of the workshops she provides, I knew she’d be the right person for the job. She provided exceptional service, ensuring that each unique audio track for every screen came across just right. The project took a great deal of focus and time; her commitment to quality came through every step of the way. One of my favorite parts of the project was ultimately syncing everything she’d narrated with the animations and text because her voice was so professional and a joy to listen to. Hands down, her contributions will make this project an engaging learning experience! I highly recommend her for any narration work!”
Thanks so much for the voice work you did for our presentations. We were very impressed not only with the quality and sound, but also with the professionalism displayed at the studio. It was obvious from the start of our recording session that you had spent a lot of time preparing for the read, which kept our studio time to a minimum. We are grateful for the work you did for us and very pleased with the final product. When future needs arise we will definitely be giving you a call.”
Commercials: (230+ – For sample demos, click here to visit Voice 123 and select demos (in the blue bar on the right).
Audiobooks and Reviews:
Producers: Audio Bookshelf, BBC Audiobooks America, Audible, Brilliance Audio, Bell Books Audio, Redwood Audio
Brilliance Audio: Red Light (abridged and unabridged) – Director
Sample Reviews for Kym Dakin’s Audio work
SEEKING PEACE : Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World by Mary Pipher
Published 2008 by Brilliance Audio
￼From the first sentences it’s clear this is a narration by a consummate pro. Kymberly Dakin’s vocal quality seems formal at first, but it’s utterly calm and so connected to this writing that listeners almost immediately forget anyone else is reading and hear only the essence of Mary Pipher and her story. Pipher is a mature storyteller whose responses to her uneven family experiences and self-critical ways come across as uplifting rather than melodramatic or self-pitying. She unfolds her lifelong efforts to slow down and be kinder to herself with the secure tone of someone who knows the redemptive power of self-acceptance, family, and community. The production’s warm sound and nurturing lessons offer an endless supply of inspiration and comfort. T.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2009]
THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB by Claire Cook
Unabridged, AUGUST 2009 BBC Audiobooks America, Library Ed.
￼Set adrift after accepting a buy-out from a sneaker company, former corporate executive Noreen flounders as she decides what to do next. Discovering that walking has less to do with vanity than it does with sanity, she joins neighbors Tess and Rosie in walking 10,000 steps a day around their small beach community. Almost imperceptibly changing her conversational timbre, Kymberly Dakin distinguishes each vastly different woman—and dramatizes the eventual discovery of all three that they are on the same path to middle age. Especially charming are Dakin’s portrayals of Noreen’s naïve but lovingly concerned mother, who is adjusting to her own new circumstances, and Tess’s petulant teenage daughter. Step by step, the members of the trio talk their way into self-acceptance and develop the courage to walk into the future. E.V.B. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
KNITTING MEMORIES: Reflections on the Knitter’s Life Lela Nargi [Ed.]
￼Some are deeply moving, others just plain fun, some educational, one or two perfect for putting me to sleep. I do have to comment on the reader, Kymberly Dakin. I am probably more critical of readers than what they are reading. Ms. Dakin is an exceptional reader. Her tone and voice takes on the personality of the written words (the writer?) so well that I looked forward to hearing the next essay not just for the words, but for the way they are delivered. Sometimes smooth and eloquent, sometimes spunky and fun, sometimes even almost obnoxiously self-aggrandizing, her voice reflects the gist of each essay perfectly.
RUNAWAY : Stories by Alice Munro
￼The subtle and exquisitely polished stories of Alice Munro are among the literary marvels of our time, and Kymberly Dakin conveys effectively the peculiar blend of Canadian “haut provincialism” that provides the tone, context, and so much of the humor of Munro’s finest stories. Each of these eight stories features a runaway of some kind; dramatic events are most often filtered through the consciousness and recollection of the female protagonist. Dakin, who also narrated Munro’s last story collection, HATESHIP, FRIENDSHIP, COURTSHIP, LOVESHIP, MARRIAGE, works successfully in a narrow band of vocals and tones, grasping that these are stories of voice and of distance, in which motive and outcome often remain mysterious, and in which evenness of delivery is part of the drama of the telling. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 05]
GRAND AVENUE by Joy Fielding
Kymberly Dakin does a fine job of unobtrusively narrating the 23-year history of four young mothers who become friends when living on Grand Avenue in a Cincinnati suburb. She lets the story of each of the women take center stage. Chris, an abused wife; Vicki, a successful lawyer; Barbara, a former beauty queen; and Susan, a student, all have daughters the same age. Starting out as a soap opera-ish women’s novel as the four experience abuse, betrayal, and success, the story picks up speed when one is murdered and another defends the prime suspect. D.T.H. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 03]
HATESHIP, FRIENDSHIP, COURTSHIP, LOVESHIP, MARRIAGE by Alice Munro
￼Alice Munro is a wickedly acute observer of human behavior, and she pretty much owns the short story form. In the first of these, in which two adolescent girls play a cruel epistolary trick on Johanna, a spinster housekeeper, it is almost unbearable to look so steadily at their unkindness, knowing that it comes from a probably universal terror that the “promise” of being young and pretty and juicy is in fact no promise at all, that loneliness and dead ends can happen to anybody. Not to Johanna in this case, though; this story is a brilliant and satisfying play on the law of unintended consequences. The rest of the collection, Munro’s ninth, is equally strong and surprising. Kymberly Dakin brings a delicate wisdom to the readings, just what the text deserves and requires, which is the highest possible praise. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 02]
LIVES OF THE PIRATES – Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!) By: Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt, Read by Ray Childs, Kymberly Dakin
Unabridged, MAY 2010 Audio Bookshelf, Library Ed.
￼Krull continues her Lives Of series with the group kids love best: those dirty, dastardly, devilish pirates. Ray Childs takes all the male parts, and Kymberly Dakin handles a healthy contingent of female swashbucklers, including Madame Chung, Lady Mary Killigrew, and Grace O’Malley. There’s a tongue-in-cheek tone to each entry, although the book is rich in facts, details, and intriguing speculation, such as which famous male pirate might actually have been a woman. The two narrators sail through the short biographies with grace and wit, letting listeners know that today’s pirates are ocean-going thugs—and that people felt the same way in days of yore.M.M.C. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, ME
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