Imaging In 2019 – AJ McKay
- ImagingIn2019, Opinion, Radio Imaging
- AJ McKay, Demo Producer, Imaging Producer, Voiceover
- October 1, 2019
Welcome to the “Imaging In 2019 Series” – a blog series that interviews inspiring producers and great creators of Station Sound.
This week’s guest is someone who I’ve known about for some time but I got to meet in Dublin in August.
Funny story – I was transferring back to Dublin via Charlotte, NC. I received a text from Kelly Doherty saying that AJ was on the same flight!
It turns out AJ had passed by me as I was boarding and recognised me. Small world – especially given we were both transferring via Charlotte!
We had so much fun at the Euro VO Retreat with J Michael Collins, and yeah we may have even had the best late night out in Dublin.
AJ is a really cool guy and has heaps of experience and advice.
Welcome AJ McKay to Imaging In 2019!
1. How did you get started in the Voiceover World?
I eventually wound up getting my first gig at an AM country station when I was 15. My parents would take turns driving me to work each night.
2. Who are your idols and people you look for inspiration from?
3. What is your opinion on Vocal Coaches - have you used one in the past and are they worth it?
4. What makes a killer demo for a voiceover? (Different styles/something creative that makes it different)
5. You are a Voiceover but also an Imaging Producer. Do you think it makes your job easier having both skills?
6. What are your current goals as a voice artist?
7. Tough question time! When someone outside our business asks what you do for a living - how. do you explain it?
I tell them that I talk into a microphone for a living. LOL
Then I explain that I am a voice actor and that I lend my voice to companies all over the world to help enhance their product or brand. If I still get funny looks, I just tell them that I am one of the voices that they hear on the radio or tv when a commercial comes on. It just depends on the situation and whether I have time to go into things in greater detail. 😀