Behind The Mic with Corri English
Starting out in the entertainment biz at an early age, Corri English made it clear she was going to hang around in the spotlight for a long time. From television and radio commercials, to multi-platform campaigns, to animation and video games…this super woman can voice it all. Did we also mention she’s a wife, a mom, and the lead singer of a kick-butt country band? WOO!
1) What radio VO work have you done in the past? I’ve been very lucky to work all over the spectrum – imaging for local and syndicated stations, radio and tv commercials/campaigns, promos, industrials, video games, and animation. My 3-year-old encourages me to mention that I was in Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue, my husband is requesting that I mention my imaging work as the syndicated voice for Cumulus’s “NASH Next” branding, but the truth is that I love the diversity of the formats and creative avenues that I am involved with each day.
2) What are you up to presently? A little bit of everything! My daily routine involves everything from station imaging work to memorizing lines for a motion-capture video game role.
3) What do you love about your job? So much. First and foremost, the relationships – I love the hilarious and creative people I get to meet and work with. I also love the versatility that VO work offers – I’ve gotten to play everything from the girl next door to a sausage. A bratwurst, to be exact!
4) How did you get started as a VO actor? What was your first gig? I’ve been working in the VO world in some capacity since I was a little kid – growing up in Atlanta I voiced a lot of radio spots that needed a “kid voice.” Ironically, as an adult, I still do kid voices a LOT!
5) What is your dream gig? Consistent work in a field that I love has always been it for me. How many people really like their jobs? Not a lot. So I feel like I’ve got the dream gig.
6) Can you offer 3 helpful tips for newbies trying to make it in the voice-over industry? Never stop working to get better at your craft. Be persistent – it can take time to break through. And most importantly be easy to work with – being a team player that offers flexibility and a positive attitude will get you far.
7) If you weren’t doing voiceover, what else do you think you’d be doing for a career? Does tv, film, and song-writing count?
8) How do you schedule/prioritize your work? For me, it’s different from day to day and week to week. It’s really about taking things as they come, and prioritizing accordingly. I like to turn work around quickly – if I can get something back sooner than expected, great!
9) How much time do you spend auditioning for new work? Some days it’s several hours, some days it’s 20 minutes.
10) How do you market your services to potential clients? I have a great team of agents who get most of the credit! I make sure to give them the proper tools (demos, solid and timely auditions, etc), and they go from there. A lot of my work has also come from relationships – even across different areas of my career – for example producers I have worked with on-camera have used my music on a future project. I’ve been very lucky in that regard.
10) How has new technology changed the way you work? I used to go into a recording studio much more often, and now almost all auditions, as well as a good portion of my work are done from my home studio. Or even on the road! You can send a file from virtually anywhere – the flexibility is amazing.
11) You’re the lead singer in a band called BrokeDown Cadillac. How did you guys get your name? It is hard to name a band…I had an easier time naming my child! Ultimately we looked to our songs, since that’s where we tell our stories. One of our earliest songs was about a girl who takes off in a busted car to live out her dream. And there it was!
12) What was the first concert you ever went to and what do you remember about it? New Kids On the Block, baby! I remember that I was embarrassed about how excited I was – I pretended it was all my sister’s idea. But yet, I had this outfit with Jordan and Joey and all the boys on the shirt and the pants. Stylin.
13) Favorite TV show of all time? Friday Night Lights. LOVE.
14) Biggest pet peeve? Judginess. I realize that is not a real word, but please don’t judge me for using it. 😉
15) What’s your guilty pleasure? Wine and watching The Bachelor! Preferably at the same time.
16) What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever dressed as and why? When I was about twelve, I dressed as a cootie. The kind boys can get from girls. They’re real, ya’ll!
17) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now where would you go and why? I’d take off for Barcelona with my husband. I’ve traveled a great deal, but that’s one place I’ve yet to see, and it’s top of the list for the next getaway!
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